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KarlK
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PostTue Nov 29, 2022 3:57 pm 
On November 17th strong E winds toppled numerous trees across the popular Skookum Flats trail. The very next day, WTA crew leader Gary Zink emailed a bunch of BCHW and WTA sawyers saying that USFS trails manager Mary Boros in Enumclaw wanted to mobilize a *next-day* logout of the most popular section of the trail. (Impressive show of initiative here). Hmmm, I thought; maybe I can weasel out of the domestic duties planned for the 19th. Success! La Esposa paroled me for the 19th, so I was among the dozen responders who gathered at 0900 at the N trailhead located just off SR 410 about 25 miles S of Enumclaw. We bucked a fair number of large trees. Most were apparently healthy Douglas firs uprooted by the wind (in a windstorm mature Doug firs are long levers with a lot of wind sail up high, hence they are subject to immense bending moments). I had a terrific time working with an outstanding group of skilled sawyers!
Quasi-crunched outhouse (KarlK photo)
Quasi-crunched outhouse (KarlK photo)
Chilly Safety Briefing (Emily Snyder photo)
Chilly Safety Briefing (Emily Snyder photo)
Moose Fangworth Thurston Meower the Third (International Cat of Mystery). Moose eschews chilly safety briefings (KarlK photo)
Moose Fangworth Thurston Meower the Third (International Cat of Mystery). Moose eschews chilly safety briefings (KarlK photo)
Hiking in (Emily Snyder photo)
Hiking in (Emily Snyder photo)
Cutting a notch in a log with top bind (Emily Snyder photo)
Cutting a notch in a log with top bind (Emily Snyder photo)
Emily at work (KarlK photo)
Emily at work (KarlK photo)
Big blowdown (Emily Snyder photo)
Big blowdown (Emily Snyder photo)
Emily cutting the offside of a windthrow (KarlK photo)
Emily cutting the offside of a windthrow (KarlK photo)
Chips away! (Emily Snyder photo)
Chips away! (Emily Snyder photo)
KarlK trying to un-stick his bar (Emily Snyder photo)
KarlK trying to un-stick his bar (Emily Snyder photo)
Moving heavy rounds (KarlK photo)
Moving heavy rounds (KarlK photo)
ArthurW (Emily Snyder photo)
ArthurW (Emily Snyder photo)
So far, so good (KarlK photo)
So far, so good (KarlK photo)
Sawdust here, sawdust there sawdust everywhere! (Emily Snyder photo)
Sawdust here, sawdust there sawdust everywhere! (Emily Snyder photo)
OK, what's the next step? (KarlK photo)
OK, what's the next step? (KarlK photo)

Karl J Kaiyala

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PostTue Nov 29, 2022 7:14 pm 
Thanks for your work, Karl! A bunch of us from Snoqualmie Fire Lookouts Association went out day after the BCH guys did and kept sawing. Then last Saturday, a bunch more guys from Back Country Horsemen went out and finished the job. By my count, we had to saw out 36 trees on that 1.3 mile stretch of trail!
the trail before.... really ugly
the trail before.... really ugly
Cutting and cutting and cutting.  Handcarried one saw in 1.5 miles (hand carry, no dog shield) and arms were really tired after this day.
Cutting and cutting and cutting. Handcarried one saw in 1.5 miles (hand carry, no dog shield) and arms were really tired after this day.
saw buddy Bruce swamping out trail
saw buddy Bruce swamping out trail
Big thanks to Gary Zink from BCHW for getting sawyers out to help on this!

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PostTue Nov 29, 2022 7:56 pm 
Very cool hearingjd; one great thing about liking saw works is that there's no shortage of saw work. Combined with the fact that there's not an abundance of sawyers, we get to have all the fun.

Karl J Kaiyala

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PostTue Nov 29, 2022 8:13 pm 
Looks like fun!

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PostTue Nov 29, 2022 9:14 pm 
KarlK wrote:
Very cool hearingjd; one great thing about liking saw works is that there's no shortage of saw work. Combined with the fact that there's not an abundance of sawyers, we get to have all the fun.
Sadly, way more saw work than I want to do LOL!... JH

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PostTue Nov 29, 2022 9:31 pm 
Can someone please get Gary Zink to add me to his call list? I've lost my contact info for him. Thanks to all for the strong effort. That's a great winter trail.

Tomorrow's not promised to anyone, so be bold, scare yourself, attempt something with no guarantee of success. You'll be amazed at what you can achieve. -Olive McGloin

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PostWed Nov 30, 2022 10:25 am 
It wasn't the most elegant operation (stuck chainsaws) but we did get quite a bit of work done. No injuries and no lost equipment. As a non-chainsaw operator, I was mostly swamping, moving debris, and carrying the chainsaw from worksite to worksite. My shoulders were really sore the next day.

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PostWed Nov 30, 2022 7:42 pm 
It's true that chainsaw work isn't nearly as elegant as crosscut, but you can get through the mess a whole lot faster. Swampers always needed. Stuck saws suck, but if there's another saw to cut it out, no harm, no foul.

Tomorrow's not promised to anyone, so be bold, scare yourself, attempt something with no guarantee of success. You'll be amazed at what you can achieve. -Olive McGloin

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PostFri Dec 02, 2022 6:46 pm 
FANTASTIC work! up.gif up.gif You folks seriously ROCK. Thank you thank you thank you borank.gif

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