Springboard competition at Chop, Drop & Roll lumberjack event

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One of the events at the Chop, Drop & Roll lumberjack event on June 14 at Black Mountain was the springboard competition. A discipline based on the need for old-time loggers to establish a cutting platform above the massive root bases of old growth trees, the competitor uses an axe to chop pockets into a nine-foot poplar pole and then place six-inch wide springboard platforms into the pockets. Climbing up on the springboards, the competitor chops through a 12-inch diameter white pine log at the top of the pole. This discipline is a true challenge of strength and dexterity, because the competitor must power through the chop while balancing seven to eight feet in the air.