This event combines the skills of the chopper and the high climber. Out in the forest this technique enables a working lumberjack to reach softer wood above the tough and knotty base of a tree marked for cutting. Contestants climb a height of nine feet using two springboard placements and chop through a 12-inch diameter aspen log mounted on the top of the spar pole. Dave Bolstad set a new world record of: 41.15 in 2003 besting his previous world record time of: 41.63 in 2001.
Standing Block Chop
Using a five-pound single-bit axe, competitors chop through a vertical standing aspen log 14 inches in diameter and 26 inches long. Timing begins on the 'GO' signal and ends when the log is severed. The World Record for the Standing Block Chop is held by Jason Wynyard set in 1998 with a time of: 18.33.
Underhand Block Chop
Using a five-pound single-bit axe, competitors chop through a vertical standing aspen log 14 inches in diameter and 26 inches long. Timing begins on the 'GO' signal and ends when the log is severed. The World Record for the Underhand Block Chop is held by Jason Wynyard set in 2006 with a time of: 15.94.
Women's Underhand Chop
The contest is against time. Using a single bit pinned axe, competitors chop through a horizontal aspen log, 11 inches in diameter and 26 inches long. Nancy Zalewski set a new world record in 2011 with a time of 27.28 seconds.
In this timed event there are two teams, each consisting of a 60 foot climber, 2 boom runners (1 male - 1 female), an underhand chopper, a women's single buck sawyer and a standing block chopper. The climber must climb and descend the 60 foot pole, when his feet touch the pad the male boom runner, stationed on the chopping dock, runs the logs to the logrolling dock. Then the female boom runner runs the logs over to the chopping dock. Once she touches, the underhand chopper cuts through a 12 inch log and when the log drops the single buck commences with the standing block chop becoming the anchor event in this relay. Whichever team finishes first with the best time is the winner of the event. This event is the combination of the best of all the lumberjack skills, showing their power, strength and sheer determination.