A team of workers were on the ground at Willingdon Beach preparing to raise two poles for this summer’s Powell River Logger Sports events. Team foreman, Art Lloyd, said the twin trees were Douglas Firs, especially chosen for the occasion. “They came from Toby Lake, above Lois Lake,” he said, “Western Forest and BC Forest Service donated the two trees which are each 106 feet in length. Twenty feet will be buried, leaving the poles standing 86 feet.”
Powell River Logger Sports has been resurrected – after an 11 year hiatus – due to a huge wave of public interest and support. The 21st annual Logging Sports event will take place at Willingdon Beach on July 15, 2016. Contestants are coming from all over the world, including New Zealand, Australia, USA and Germany. Locals will be competing, as well.
Popular tree gymnast and crew leader at Wildfire Management Branch, Julian Welp, shown in photo to the left, will join the competition and the chance to win eight Canadian Championships,two North American Championships and two World Championships. “I’m totally looking forward to it,” he said. (Pic Cred: Julian Welp).
At the end of the day the two poles were raised and the sun had almost set. Julian Welp had climbed to the top of each of the poles to remove the slings used to erect them. He also tied a ring of orange ribbon to the top of each pole. “I was so excited to climb those poles,” he said. “I had butterflies just waiting for them to go up. For more information, check out www.powellriverloggersports.com.