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    The "Chain Gang"

    Six of us showed up at the North Bend ranger station this morning with chainsaws and coffee in hand. Len, Peter, Tyler, Graham, Bill and myself were all there to certify for Class B bucking cards.

    After our safety instruction and gear review, we loaded up and headed out to the Middle fork Snoqualmie trailhead, strapped on our PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) and hiked a little way into the Pratt River Trail where Gary from the Forest Service gave each of us a bucking job, had us describe how we would tackle it and then actually demonstrate proficiency by completing the job. Gary was knowledgeable, patient and enthusiastic. I learned quite a bit during the day.

    Now we have six who are certified to buck in National Forests and there is another group of five getting certified tomorrow. Len will have plenty of help in the Middle Fork and Highway 410 this year!

    Also want to call out Mike Westra who worked to get this organized - thanks Mike!

    Here's a few photos.

    Len making a cut while Gary grades him and the rest of us observe:


    Graham:


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    Re: The "Chain Gang"

    Thanks Brian and welcome to the chain gang aka "duly deputized posse" as I'm trending it.

    My takeaways were if we follow the ppe rules we are covered like any USFS employee especially in the case of a dreaded "incident". The investigation would determine if we had ppe and followed safety protocols and I'm totally good with that ruleset.

    I balked at the 8" high boots but that's sounding more reasonable now and Loomis had em.

    Enroute at 7am on NPR was story on top 200 jobs and reporter was at bottom with lumberjack.

    Oh yeah rode grand ridge duthie and a pie slice of soaring eagle all in the 36 tooth middle ring of the niner!

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    Good on all y'all!

    Maybe the next time I get my boots rebuilt I'll throw on some steel toes.


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    Nice job guys.

    Now, You should have all showed up wearing hockey mask's

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    Crosscut saws are more fun, chain saws are too easy!
    There's a big difference between ripping and skidding. Those who skid don't know how to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave_schuldt View Post
    Crosscut saws are more fun, chain saws are too easy!
    Not too sure about that...take this tree for example. You crosscut, me chainsaw and let's measure the fun factor for each of us

    BTW Len, this tree is down on the way up to Mt. Pickett on Orcas. If you guys want to deal with it at the May WP that 14" saw of yours might be a little undersized


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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    BTW Len, this tree is down on the way up to Mt. Pickett on Orcas. If you guys want to deal with it at the May WP that 14" saw of yours might be a little undersized

    Really? You want to dumb down the trail by taking out that little ole tree?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sagebrush Slug View Post
    Really? You want to dumb down the trail by taking out that little ole tree?
    Seriously. That is a perfect place for a feature. The beauty of a majestic tree like that is made more poignant when it has laid itself to rest in the forest after hundreds of years reaching for the heavens.

    Turning it to sawdust so fatso's can have a flat trail should be a crime.
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    That thing's big enough to carve a switchback into it. Let's see some chain saw artistry!

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    My chain saw doesn't make sawdust, it makes Beaver size wood chips.

    Old crosscut saws a lot of fun. If they would pack easier on trails I would use one more.

    No need to cut that one out, people will just make a ride around it.
    Epic trails get built in the Northwest by epic people!

    Sustainable quality trails please.

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    the Moran crew cut it last weekend.

    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Not too sure about that...take this tree for example. You crosscut, me chainsaw and let's measure the fun factor for each of us

    BTW Len, this tree is down on the way up to Mt. Pickett on Orcas. If you guys want to deal with it at the May WP that 14" saw of yours might be a little undersized

    G O N Z

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    Chainsaw Shmainsaw, what really caught my eye was this -

    >Oh yeah rode grand ridge duthie and a pie slice of soaring eagle all in the 36 tooth >middle ring of the niner!

    >(Rocky theme)

    That's so impressive I'm going to give you a Rocky II theme ! Eye of the Tiger !

    Dunh ! Dunh dunh dunh ! dunh dunh dunh ! dunh dunh duhhhhhhhh !

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