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Strongest Man/Woman in the Forest 12

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


*Early Bird Option SOLD OUT*

*Normal Registration Still Available – Capping at 50, No Exceptions!*


Ladies and gentlemen, we are headed toward the dirty dozen! To celebrate this milestone of 12 years running, we have brought back one of the most popular events from our 2012 edition of the contest, Steel Bar Bending! We have also beefed up our Timber Wagon Deadlift which was overwhelmingly voted as last year’s favorite event; we’ve brought back the Truck Pull in a big way; we are introducing a brand new Medley of Death; and of course we will once again be offering West Virginia State Records on the Max Giant Log Lift featuring the most infamous perhaps in the world, the Dream Crusher!


Come join us at our 12th rendition of what has become known as our “Strongman Homecoming,” the Strongest Man/Woman in the Forest!



(Strongman Corp. membership REQUIRED of all competitors, and will be available at the show)

(Facebook page here for more updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/123048731729636/)

Promoter- Paul Mouser

Date/Time- Saturday, Sept. 29th. Action begins at 12:00pm.

Location- Wimer Field in Elkins, WV. Follow S Davis Ave to 13th St, field is on the left (no real address).

Weigh-ins- Saturday morning 8am-9am.

If you do not want to weigh in early, you can weigh in after the rules meeting. No exceptions to this, I will be too busy setting up the show.

Rules/Safety Briefing- 11:00am. This meeting is mandatory.


Open,  Novice,  Masters,  Teen,   StrongMom

Weight Classes-

Women’s LW 0-120, 121-140, MW 141-160, 161-180, HW 181-200, 201+

Men’s Open LW 0-150 & 151-175,  MW 176-200, 201-231,  HW 232-265, 266-300, 301+

Consolidation of classes is possible. Divisions must have at least 5 people to ensure a qualifying spot for Nationals.

Awards- Traditional Forest Festival plaques for 1st-3rd


Early Bird –  ***Early Bird has SOLD OUT***

Normal Entry – $62

Late entries (after 9/14) – $87


Must have Strongman Corp (NAS) membership card present or YOU CAN PURCHASE MEMBERSHIPS AT THE SHOW with cash or check. Snail mail entries must be post marked by NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPT 14TH. Late entries may not receive a t-shirt. Additional shirts will be available for purchase.

ONLINE PAYMENT AT:    www.mouserpower.com stay tuned to FB and this site for info on when registration opens!

Hotel-  Please contact me if you will need help finding a hotel.

Checks and entry forms to- Paul Mouser, 1465 Barry St, Fairmont, WV, 26554.

Contact Info– email [email protected], phone (304) 614-5291

Events (subject to change)- Max Log, Truck Pull, Steel Bar Bending, Death Medley, Timber Wagon Deadlift



Events (subject to change)

Division Max Log (starting wt/increments) Bar Bending Death Medley (Duck Walk, Mouser Block, Stone) Truck Pull Timber Deadlift (start weight/jumps)
Teen LWW

Novice LWW

Master LWW







125, 80, 90






Teen MWW

Novice MWW

Master MWW







125, 120, 115




Some wood 200/30


Teen HWW

Novice HWW

Master HWW







175, 140, 135




More wood 250/30











225, 160, 175




Legit wood pile 300/30

Teen LW

Novice LW

Master LW







225, 170, 175




Same as HWW


Teen MW

Novice MW

Master MW







275, 220, 200




Half the forest 430/40


Teen HW

Novice HW

Master HW






300, 250, 230





More forest 560/40











325, 270, 260




So many trees 630/40










325, 320, 285


Rollback AND pickup


EPA gonna get us 700/40


Steel Bar Bending

  • Athletes will have 60sec to flip bend 3 bars. Fastest time wins.
  • Split times will be taken so that rep ties can be broken. Example: Jim does 3 bends and Joe does 3 as well, but Jim is faster. Jim wins.
  • To receive credit for a bend, competitor must bend the bar into a “U” shape, and toss it to the ground immediately. Time will be credited once the bar hits the ground. Competitor may immediately begin work on the next bar once he/she has thrown down the previous steel bar.
  • After the bend have all been completed or the time has expired, the referee will inspect each bar to make sure they qualify as “completed”. Any bars that are not deemed complete will not be credited, so make sure that you are confident in your bend before you toss any bar down.
  • Bar must not have more than inches of horizontal space between the ends of the bar (or the lowest end and the opposite side if the bend is a little uneven) to be deemed complete.
  • Competitors may use any part of their body to bend the bar while standing, but the bar may not touch the ground or anything other than the competitor’s body. Padding may be used for protection, but is subject to inspection and approval by the referees.
  • Elbow sleeves & knee sleeves (without buckling mechanisms), a single belt, and wrist wraps are legal.


Max Log

  • Athletes will have 30sec to make a successful lift each round. There is no limit on how many attempts can be made in those 30sec. Log is to be lifted from the ground to the overhead position while standing.
  • This will be contested “last man standing” style with a 3 attempt limit; if you miss a lift you’re out. Please provide your next attempt to the score keeper within 60sec of completing your last lift or we will choose for you. 4th attempts may only be made if the athlete made all 3 previous attempts and the 3rd was within one increment of breaking (not tying) the current record. 4th attempts will count for scoring purposes.
  • Athletes must wait for the “down” signal to receive credit for their lift. To receive the signal, the feet must not be staggered, must be shoulder width or narrower, and must not be moving. The elbows and knees must be locked, and the hips must be extended with the log overhead and steady.
  • In the event of a tie, the athlete that took less attempts to reach the weight will receive the higher placing
  • Elbow sleeves & knee sleeves (without buckling mechanisms), a single belt, and wrist wraps are legal.

Truck Pull

  • 60sec time limit to cover the 75ft course. Harness and hand rope style.
  • Everyone will use the same harness. Please do not pester me about using your own harness. I won’t budge. In 8 years, probably 12 contests, and countless training sessions with 110 pound ladies all the way up to 400+lb men, no one has ever “come out” of the harness in mid-pull. The only way to accomplish that would be to literally stop pulling and move backward to create slack while letting your arms hang down to the side and slumping your shoulders. If you do that, you didn’t want to win anyway.
  • Fastest time wins. Weight will be added to pick up and roll back as needed.
  • You may assign your own “rope handler” if you wish, if not, one will be provided for you



Death Medley

  • 60sec to carry all 3 implements. Fastest time wins.
  • Each implement must be carried ~30ft
  • The duck walk implement must cross the finish line entirely before the competitor may move onto the next implement.
  • Block and stone must be loaded over a cross bar. Height will be 48in for men, 44 for women.
  • Split times will be taken on each implement. If not finished, credit will be given for the time of any/all completed implements.
  • No tacky or sticky assistive substances whatsoever. Skin protection like gauntlets, and tape (sticky side to skin) are OK. One belt, sleeves, and wrist wraps are legal. No “grip shirts”.


Timber Wagon Deadlift

  • 60sec to complete as many reps as possible on a wagon loaded with logs in a “progressive” format. This means weight is added each rep (in the form of volunteers tossing plates on a loading pin). Must wait for “down” command.
  • Once the final weight is reached, athletes may rep out that top weight.
  • Higher base weights and bigger increments for men’s classes! Thank Phil Gruentzel and James Bell for this.
  • This will be parallel handles, and set above standard height roughly 16-18in.
  • Sleeves, one belt, and normal straps legal. No suits, cranes, forklifts, or hydraulic floor jacks.


General Rules/Usual Mouser Stuff

  • In the event of a tie in the final standings, 1st place finishes will decide the winner. If there is still a tie, then 2nd place finishes will be the determinant, and so on. If a tie cannot be broken this way, athletes will compete head to head in a mystery event to determine the winner.
  • Sportsmanship is expected and required. This is the greatest sport in the world, let’s keep it that way.
  • There will be a pre-event prayer. No one is expected to participate, so please do not feel obligated. All we ask is to be respectful of those that do or do not wish to participate.
  • This is a drug free contest. If you are juiced feel free to come cheer on your buddies but please do not bother to sign up.
  • If you have a question, please ask! I would rather take a minute to clarify something than to see someone have a poor showing due to a misunderstanding.

Strongest Man/Woman in the Forest 2018

In consideration of your acceptance of this entry, I hereby, for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and my assignees, waive, and release all rights and damages I may have against Paul Mouser, The Mountain State Forest Festival, Strongman Corp./North American Strongman, Inc., Dione Wessels, The City of Elkins, Randolph County, and all sponsors of the event, their representatives and assigns, for any and all injuries incurred by me in conjunction with this competition and in traveling to and from the event. And in further consideration of permission being granted to me to participate in the Strongest Man/Woman in the Forest and its related events, I hereby grant Strongman Corp./NAS, Inc. and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization and all of their agents, successors, licensees, and assigns, the right to photograph or otherwise reproduce (whether by film, tape, still photography or otherwise) my voice, appearance, and name, and to exhibit, distribute, transmit, and/or otherwise exploit any and all media, including without limitation, by means of still photography, motion pictures, radio, television, television motion pictures, video, printing or any other medium now known or hereafter devised, including with respect also to any merchandising, advertising, and/or publicity, and the right to use my name and information about me in any connection with any of the foregoing. The rights granted by me hereunder are granted for the entire universe and shall endure in perpetuity and no further compensation shall be payable to me at anytime in connection therewith. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to obligate Strongman Corp./NAS, INC., and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization, to photograph or otherwise reproduce my voice, appearance or name, or to make use of any rights granted herein. I also understand that the aforementioned rights may be reassigned at any time without further consent. I understand that Strongman Corp./NAS, Inc., and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization are videotaping and photographing the Event in express reliance upon foregoing, and I represent and agree that I am free to grant the rights granted to Strongman Corp./NAS INC. and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization hereunder. Therefore I affix my signature below:
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  • Please enter your date of birth.
  • Your best contact phone
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    Open, Masters, Teen, StrongMom, or Novice?
    Tee Shirt Size. If your size is not listed, please list under "other".
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    Bio Sheet (please complete, the audience would like to meet you!)
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September 29
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Paul Mouser


Wimer Field
Intersection of S Davis Ave and 14th St
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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