Ben Whelan

Professional Competitor Bio

Location: Golden Valley, Minnesota
Height: 5'11''
Weight: 185 lbs.
Job: Certified Arborist/Tree Climber
Athlete since: 2012
Interests: Hunting, Fishing, and Snowmobiling

How did you get involved in lumberjack sports?
Through the University of Minnesota Forestry club and training with Warrick Hallett.

When did you begin participating/competing in STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®?
In 2014, I competed in the Midwest collegiate qualifier and collegiate finals.

How do you train for STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®?
I try to focus on strength training and cardio in the offseason and event training during the season. Climbing trees for work definitely helps keep me in shape.

What's your strongest/best STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® discipline?
Springboard Chop

Any advice for the collegiate competitors?
Try to get as much advice as you can from older/more experienced competitors.

What's your proudest moment in the sport?
Getting most improved axeman at Webster in 2017.