SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— North American tree-climbing champion Chad Brey wears a helmet, a harness and uses a rope to climb trees both professionally and as a competitor. He lives in San Francisco where he prepares for an international competition next week.
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“In the competition, they’re looking for number one: safety. Then it becomes a speed component, agility and also the way you move,” he said.
He’s graceful as he ascends into a eucalyptus tree in Golden Gate Park.
“Trees are amazing. No two trees are the same. It’s like snowflakes; it’s like pieces of dirt. It’s like every human being is completely unique,” Brey said.
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