Do the words “extreme sports” make you think of some scraggly-haired snowboarder backflipping down a mountain? That ain’t STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS®. Woodsmen competitions have been around for hundreds of years, in town fairs and as informal wagers. The sport demonstrates amazing skills that lumberjacks use just to do their jobs.
What It Takes To Make The Cut
In 1985, the legendary chainsaw company, STIHL, revived those dwindling competitions. Since then, STIHL’s turned them into an international success. And it’s no wonder why – the sportsmen put on one hell of a show.
Take the Springboard, one of six events at the competition. An athlete needs to chop a wedge into a standing trunk, then jam in a 6″-wide springboard platform and climb it in a flash. Then he has to do it all again. The goal? To chop through the top while balancing precariously 9 feet up in the air. It takes muscle. It takes agility. It takes a cool head and laser-like focus.
At the 2014 U.S. Championship, National Champ Matt Cogar hacked through the Springboard event in 46 seconds, shattering his previous year’s time of 53 seconds. And he did it wearing DuluthFlex® Fire Hose® Jeans, the only work pants made for tough wear and total freedom of movement – both of which are demanded in spades for an extreme sport like this.
See The Chips Fly at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships: