The American Lumberjack Association (ALA) is a group of sportsmen & women dedicated to furthering, upgrading and standardizing timbersports competition; also to directing attention to the timber industry, which is such a vital part of the worldwide economy.
The ALA sanctions shows in the western U.S., and helps to connect members to other competitive opportunities. You must be a member to participate at an ALA sanctioned show.
There are several membership options, each of which cover different individuals or groups and will entitle you to a variety of benefits. These may include newsletter updates, show information, entry forms, athlete rankings, and more!
Competitors use modified peg and raker racing saws. this ranks high as one of the toughest disciplines in the sport, especially in larger diameter wood.
Two competitors use a modified peg and raker saw to cut through up to 24" of wood.
A male and female competitor pick up the modified peg and raker saw to cut through up to 24" of wood.
Competitors use Specialized racing axes to chop through 14 inches of wood below their feet.
Competitors use their racing axes to chop pockets into a standing pole. They then use "springboards" to place in the pockets where they will stand on them to complete a vertical chop 9 feet in the air.
Competitors use stock STIHL MS 660 chainsaws to cut through up to 24 inches of wood. Technique can make or break this race.
Contestants take a snowmobile or motorcycle motor and craft it into a big chainsaw. Saws range from 250cc up to 350cc and can make three cuts through 21 inches of wood in around 4 seconds.
Competitors throw double bit axes at targets from 30 feet away. Bullseye's are worth 5 points down to 1 point for the outer ring on the target.
Competitors use pole climbing spikes to race up spar poles up to 90' high. Once they ring the bell at the top, they bail out of the tree and slide to the ground, often, only touching the pole a few times before landing.
The same crew that pole climb will also climb with a modified crosscut hanging from their waist. once they reach the top, they will cut a disc off the top of the pole. The number one tree topper
Two competitors face off on the water while running atop of a floating log. Competitors can do anything except touch the other person to knock them off the log.
Contestants use both speed and agility to run up and inclined pole (6-10" diameter) around 6' off the ground. They then use modified chainsaws to remove a wood disc before racing back to the bottom.
Contestants run a foot race up and over log obstacles and water hazards carrying a length of steel cable. they then wrap the cable around a log a the end of the course then race back to the finish line.