The current world record holder at 18:30 seconds in the 90’ Speed Climb, Stirling Hart (North Vancouver, BC), took his first win at the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, Wi, in 2010. He won again in 2012 and 2013. It seemed the tall poles and Hart were meant to be together. And then came the divorce.
“I got tired of sitting in doctor’s offices,” Hart says. Obviously, Hart had not tired of lumberjack competition. He moved over to the chopping and sawing events at the 58th Lumberjack World Championships. Didn’t climb a single pole. Didn’t need to. And the other chopping and sawing competitors? Let’s just say they had to move over or get moved over.
After three days of intense competition, Stirling Hart took first place in the springboard competition (53.75), the men’s standing chop (18.48) and the men’s single buck (13.53). At the end, the Northwest athlete was named the men’s 2017 Tony Wise All-Around Champion.
Additional Pacific Northwest and West Coast competitors are worthy of mention. Beginning with the ladies, Andrea Furber-Card (Santa Rosa, California) and Denise Ott (Minnesota) placed seventh in the jill & jill double buck while eighth went to the team of Tiffany Baker (Port Orchard, Washington) and Hannah Mast (New York). Furber-Card also took fourth in the Women’s Single Buck.
The men’s side saw Jeff Skirvin (Clatskame, Oregon) capture third in the hot saw. In addition to Hart winning the Men’s Standing Chop, Walter Paige (Tollhouse, California) tallied fifth and he took second in the springboard competition. Leo Caudaur (North Vancouver, BC) placed seventh in the men’s single buck. It should also be noted that Emily Christopherson (Portland, Oregon) and Maggie Bulk (Redondo Beach, California) took their turns on floating logs with Christopherson tying for fifth.
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