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Tree Topping: Hart of gold

Updated: July 7, 2005, 7:57 PM ET
By Sam Eifling | Great Outdoor Games staff

Greg Hart, so quick up the pole on the way to the ESPN Great Outdoor Games Tree Topping gold medal, took his time coming down.

He exchanged notes with silver medalist Wade Stewart as they rested atop the 65-foot cedar poles, per custom, then descended in increments to the puffy foam pad below.

The first arms around Hart's neck belonged to his 14-year-old son, Stirling. The elder Hart hung a hand on his son's back while the boy pressed his face into his dad's shoulder and held it there ...

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