“Go bears! Get low! Quicker pulls! Almost there!”
Wood chips fly and cheers fill the air as seniors Madeline Green and Allison Ernytake turns pulling a long, jagged saw back and forth across a log. They are trying to cut a cookie (a round slice of wood) as fast as they can. To their right, Justine Zeni, one of Cal Logging Sports’ three captains, gears up her chainsaw. Professor Scott Stephens sits nearby preparing homemade ice cream for the after-practice BBQ.
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It’s a crisp October Sunday, and Cal Logging Sports is in the forest practicing for an upcoming competition. The team of some 10 students is training under a canopy of Monterey Pines at Russell Research Station, a university-owned property that sits 30 minutes east of campus.
“It feels rewarding to say I chopped a log in half with a heavy axe,” said senior Lilah Gonen. “There’s something very simple about it, but it feels so satisfying.”