Kapunda hosts extreme tree climb

REACH: More than $25,000 of cash as well as more than $50,000 of equipment and kit are up for grabs to be won.
REACH: More than $25,000 of cash as well as more than $50,000 of equipment and kit are up for grabs to be won.

More than 150 competitors from 14 countries will be climbing, swinging and hanging from trees in Kapunda this weekend as the Red Bull "Branched out" 2019 event comes to town.

Arboriculture Australia and Light Regional Council have partnered up to bring the world class freestyle tree climbing event to Davidson Reserve in Kapunda.

Each climber starts at the top of the tree and descends through the canopy hitting targets which are set to make the climber move from one side of the tree canopy to the other resulting in large swings and limb walks.

In addition to the main event, a "Speed Climb" will be held under lights on Friday night.

This action packed event see climbers race up the tree on a climbing rope using their skills and strength to be the first to ring the bell.

With the event running from October 17-19, spectators will be able to check out the action when it starts on Thursday during practice runs from 9am to 4pm.

A community barbeque will be held at the new Kapunda Town Square on Main Street for the public, climbers and officials from 5pm onwards on Thursday.

Friday's will see participants race in pre-qualifying rounds from early morning until 5pm, followed by a 30 metre "Head to Head Single Rope Technique challenge" plus food and drinks from 6.30pm to 10pm.

The competition's best will progress to the finals throughout the day on Saturday, with the grand final scheduled from 3-4pm.

Over $25,000 of cash and over $50,000 of equipment and kit are up for grabs to be won, making this the largest prize pool on offer for any tree climbing event in the world

Shuttle Bus

To help overcome the issue of road closures and to ensure congestion does not occur around Davidson Reserve, a free community bus service will be operating in Kapunda on October 18 -19.

The bus will continually travel over the two key days of competition (commencing at 7.30am each day and running continuously until the event closes on that day) Friday 18th and Saturday 19th October.

This service is available to take residents to the main centre of town who reside around Davidson Reserve; and bring residents from within and around the town to Davidson Reserve to watch the event to minimise the movement of vehicles.

Members of the local community, if intending to drive a vehicle to attend the event are encouraged to park at Dutton Park Reserve and board the bus near the main entry gates on at the intersection of Baker Street and Montefiore Street.

A full map of the bus's stops can be found on the Light Regional Council website.