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By Katie and Kristy Barry
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Many bearded, flannel-wearing men wandering America nowadays cannot also alter a lightbulb. But at the current Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin, modern-day woodsmen and woods-women prove their tenacity, ability, stamina, and brute energy in activities like woodchopping, chainsawing, logrolling, and death-defying tree-climbing. Billed as “The Olympics of this Forest, ” the titles challenge competitors from Canada to Australia to Czech Republic and all sorts of across US.
Into the tree-climbing event, professional athletes scale 60-foot and 90-foot woods using the ferociousness of King Kong in addition to agility of a squirrel, simply to kick their feet aside towards the top and perform an instant, managed dive regarding the descent. Men have broken their particular backs and necks; one man died after suffering a heart assault towards the top of the pole.
Stirling Hart of British Columbia crushed society record this year within the 90-foot speed pole rise. He acknowledges, “you should be half-crazy… and half-drunk to get this done sport.” Hart sports a striking scar across his face, from an ax mishap during a lumberjack show in Australian Continent.
Sean Duffy, currently a U.S. Representative for Wisconsin, won the 90-foot rate pole climb twice, feats he among others achieve by doggedly training and achieving an adequate amount of a “risk-taking element” to kick their feet out at 90 feet in the air.
Chopping activities prove larger isn’t constantly better, describes Matthew Cogar of western Virginia. “oahu is the guy with the most agility and stamina.” Cash awards tend to be granted, though numerous claim pride and bragging liberties are respected a lot more than cash.
Mild giant Jason Wynyard of New Zealand hacks into timber with the swing of David Ortiz and waxes poetic about his love of the game along with baseball. “It is a burning enthusiasm, ” he states, hence although he’s a 15-time guys’s all-around champ, he respects baseball players because “they are able to strike a moving target.”