Sunday, July 31, 2011

Day 205/206/207 - Vancouver

Distance travelled (by bike): 29,150

Its nice to be able to think about relaxing for a while. 
Having arrived in Vancouver to relax, i ended up working with a landscaping firm for a couple of days, no designing necessary, more general handyman/gopher. Earning some unexpected and much needed cash before they took the sunday and monday off and i headed north. I was told if i return to Vancouver then i would have a job waiting…time and circumstance will dictate if i take up that offer. 
Vancouver has a lot happening over the long weekend, it was time to decide what to see/do. From the huge list one stood out...The loggers (lumberjacks) sports contests at Squamish. With loggers coming from all over the world to compete, this, i felt was a must do, a real cultural experience. - I was not disappointed. 
From events like axe throwing to tree climbing, butcher block chopping  and birling, it was an amazing, slightly surreal and highly recommended experience. It was a very local event, I was among the minority of foreigners, of which i include people from out of state, making the event all the more unique. With a great atmosphere, events that would breach all health & safety laws in the UK, humorous commentary and fantastic weather it was a highlight of this adventure.
I now have a serious respect for the loggers/lumberjacks, a huge amount of skill, strength, stamina and determination is required to work in the industry, let alone compete and win competitions. Great day!

the BBQ at the Loggers event

the main two poles are 100 feet high!

one of the competitors nearly at the 100ft bell, the quickest time climbing to 100ft and back down was 17 seconds!!!!!

sawing at 100ft!

handstand over 100ft in the air

axe throwing


springboard chop - amazing. Using two boards to climb the tree you stand on the top one to cut the tree down, the winner did it in less than 3 minutes!

these guys were faster sawing through the tree than the chainsaws

No comments:

Post a Comment