He's almost as old as the tree he's scaling. Seventy-nine-year-old George Tipping has been pole climbing for over 14 years, to raise money for a cancer charity.
He's almost as old as the tree he's scaling. Seventy-nine-year-old George Tipping has been pole climbing for over 14 years, to raise money for a cancer charity. And now he's doing it at the World Pole Climbing Championships in rural England. SOUNDBITE: George Tipping, 79-year-old competitor who races for charity, saying (English): "I am out of breath when I get to the top, I am really out of breath. I'm even out of breath when I get down. It's always the first climb of the show that I'm worried about and I find hard. Once I've got the first one over I'm alright." Championship organizer, Terry Bennett says competitive pole climbing has been around for 20 years. It originated from tree chopping in North America, when lumberjacks would scale some of the largest trees in the forest. SOUNDBITE: Terry Bennett, World Pole Climbing Championships organizer, saying (English): "To be a good pole climber it takes a lot of speed in the legs. Got to be physically fit, certainly can't be afraid of heights. Physically very strong, upper body strength very important." World record holder Grant Galler scaled the 82-foot or 25-meter pole in a winning time of just over 10 seconds. SOUNDBITE: Grant Galler, competition winner and world record holder, saying (English): "When you get into a final and it's point naught of a second between you it's very competitive." Contestants now have two years to hone their skills before the next World Championships.