Mason Health art celebrates highclimbers


October 12, 2023

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Mason Health hosted an event Monday unveiling a new art installation in its Cedar building, which coincided with its 55th anniversary and Physical Therapy Month. The art installation celebrates the feats and skills of four local highclimbers.

Known as "King of the High Climbers," Shelton resident Harold "Hap" Johnson was a champion high climber, treetopper, ax thrower, speed climber and all-around logger who performed at three World Fairs and doubled for actor John Wayne in the 1960 movie "North to Alaska."

Swante Kyllonen was a lifelong logger who used springboards to top trees. He celebrated by dancing at the top of 200-foot trees until he was 70.

Johnson and Kyllonen are two of the four local high climbers showcased in a new art installation that debuted Monday inside Mason Health's Cedar building, which houses its rehabilita...

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