The 13th Annual Connecticut Climbing Competition, held this past weekend on May 6th, was a great success. This year, the competition took place at Harrybrooke Park, a beautiful private park in New Milford. 24 Climbers took part – 3 women and 21 men.
The full results of the competition have been published. Tim Reynolds was in the lead in the men’s division coming out of the morning preliminary rounds. He, his brother Matt and Kyle Donaldson were then invited, as the three top Connecticut finishers, to compete in the Master’s Challenge.
After Master’s Challenge was held in a great American sycamore. After each challenger had climbed, Matt Reynolds was determined to be the winner, and 2017 Men’s Connecticut Tree Climber Champion, by a narrow 5.57 points over 2nd place Kyle Donaldson.
Because there were no Connecticut-resident female climbers, the Women’s Master Challenge was not held.
Many people are deserving of special thanks for this great CTPA tradition. Bud Neal, most of all, as the main organizer and helmsman throughout, but also Charlie Iselin, Sandy Ingellis, Cathy Dvorsky and all of the individuals who served on the organizer committee and/or participated as volunteers on the day of the event. The day cannot work without planning or without judges, timers, score-keepers, the registration table, the logistics team and more.
There are two people that CTPA would particularly to mention. The first is Sean Emmons, whose company, Emmons Tree and Landscaping Service of New Milford, contributed so much to allow the day to happen. The second is Billy Mo Buckbee, Executive Director of Harrybrooke Park, who was unfailingly generous, supportive and helpful throughout – and who shared so many interesting tidbits of history about the park.
Thank you all! More Pictures are available on the Results Page.