Local arborist to compete in tree climbing championshipsUPDATED 10:42 PM HST Jul 24, 2014Video Transcript
the dust when it comes to tree climbing.. She placed 10th in the world a year ago ... Now.. KITV4's Ashley Moser shows us... She plants to climb her way even higher up the ranks... 7-13 1:09:51 Nat chainsaw It's a job like no other... Jamilee 1:20:39 "YOU'RE DIRTY, YOU'RE SWEATING, YOU'RE SORE, YOU'RE WORKING WITH HEAVY MACHINERY, IT'S REALLY LOUD." 1:20:45 And for Jamilee Kempton it's not the most glamorous job but she says it's an important one -- especially here in Hawaii. Jaimlee 1:16:48 "PLANTS AND TREES ARE GROWING ALL YEAR ROUND SO THEY'RE CONSTANTLY NEEDING PRUNING. AND WE DO HAVE HEAVY WINDS FROM TIME TO TIME AND SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN YOUR TREES SO THEY DON'T CAUSE DAMAGE YOUR HOME." 1:16:59 And today her job takes her 160 feet atop this century old African Mahogany tree in Wahiawa. It's her responsibility to prune the green giant and it's skills she's perfecting here that's sending her to an international competition. Jaimlee 1:15:55 "WORK IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN BECAUSE I AM CLIMBING EVERYDAY." 1:16:00 Climbing -- just one of the 5 events she'll be competing in. Kempton qualified for the competition in June -- winning the female spot for the International Society of Arboriculture's Western chapter. She'll be up against 30 women world-wide participating in a speed climb, ariel rescue, work climb, and throw ball -- using arborist tools. 2 shot 1:33:31 "HERE'S OUR THROW LINE WITH OUR THROW WEIGHTS ON THERE AND WE ABLE TO TOSS THESE OVER BRANCHES TO SECURE OUR ROPE." 1:33:39 But it's safety skills she's really looking forward to sharing -- saying it's an important part of the competition -- one that will set her apart. Jaimlee 1:19:30 "IF YOU DO ANY UNSAFE ACTS YOU'RE DISQUALIFIED IMMEDIATELY SAFETY IS NUMBER ONE AND THAT'S WHY I LIKE GOING TO THESE COMPETITIONS." 1:19:38 And with that -- she sends a strong message for young women everywhere... Jamilee 1:20:49 "YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A MAN TO DO TREE WORK." 1:20:52 Ashley Moser -- KITV 4 News.