Some of Our Events…..

A Woodsmen Meet (or Loggers sport Competition as the Canadians call it)
consists of many types of events. The college hosting the meet can choose which
events to have at the meet. Events can fall into four categories: Team,
singles, doubles, and even triples. A team of Woodsmen consists of either 6 men or 6 women. Sometimes Jack and Jill teams are formed which consist of 3 men and 3 women.
Most of the time a meet is a full day where each member of a team would
participate in 4 team events, 1 singles event, and 1 doubles event
with another teammate.

Spring Meet is run a little differently. This meet is run over two days. Here each
team member participates in 5 team events, 1 singles event, 1 doubles event,
1 triple event, and a canoeing event. Read below to check out the events….


      Description of other events: Doubles   Singles  Canoeing


Team events normally consist of:

  • Cross-cut  (A two-man saw, usually run in a paired relay.)
  • Log roll   (Ran in a paired relay, sometimes involves decking the log chest height.)
  • Pulp toss  (A relay where team takes turns throwing 4 pulp logs until they reach a total of 48.)
  • Bowsaw  (Usually ran in a relay one cookie per teammate, one-man saw, Swede saw.)
  • Packboard (A relay with a pack on your back, usually around 30 lb for women, 40 lb for men.)



Joe, bowsaw
McGill 2007



Women, Cross Cut
FLCC 2006


Cherry and Cara H-Chop, Lumberjack Roundup

James V-chopping at FLCC


Doubles events may consist of:

  • Horizontal chop  or H-chop or Underhand Chop (can also be a triples event) (A relay chopping between the legs, one team member chops block into two, then other teammate does the same, for time).
  • Vertical chop  (Similar to pole felling, the chopping block is upright instead of underneath your feet, 2 person relay for time).
  • Splitting  (can also be a triples event) (Also called bolt split or quarter split; must have 4 complete pieces each with a piece of a painted dot painted on the center of the bolt for each piece of wood, sometimes it's a doubles event and sometimes a triples; often there are two pieces of wood for each contestant.)
  • Cross-cut to death (or hell)  (Known by many names, a doubles event where two people cut a lot of cookieswith a two man saw, often up to 9.)
  • Firebuild  (Can be a singles or a doubles event, build a fire from a piece of cedar, axe, and 3 matches; some meets have creatively combined this event with packboard, i.e., Colby, Finger Lakes.)


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Marks, V-chop, Lumberjack Roundup


Singles events  usually only 6 events in intercollegiate competition, may consist of:

  • Pole climb  (Climb a pole or tree for speed)
  • Single buck  (Similar to cross-cut, but with one person)
  • Super Swede  (Similar to team bowsaw, but not in a relay, and usually involves cutting 4-6 cookies)
  • Axe throw  (Throw the axe to a marked target)
  • Fly casting  (Kinda like fly fishing, but without the hook...and without the trout.)
  • Chain Throw  ("It's not a chain,...and you don't throw it." --Zac '02)
  • Chainsaw  (One of two ways: meet the cut, a Canadian favorite, involves cutting up 1/2 way and then cutting down to meet the cut; down-up-down, an American favorite involving three complete cuts.)  
  • Pulp for distance  (Take one pulp log, and the furthest throw wins.)
  • Hard hit  (An individual horizontal chop where the fewest amount of hits wins.)
  • Pulp pit   (A lot of pulp logs, two pits, I don't know, I understand chain throw of all things but not this one.)
  • Obstacle Course/Triathlon (Obstacle course looks fun whereas triathlon looks like murder.)

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John, pole climb


How NOT to pole climb


Run, Julie, run!

Julie Portage-ing

Canoeing,  an event left specifically for Spring Meet, is the most important meet of the year.  Two people of a team participate in each event in this category. 

  • Doubles  (Two people in the canoe at the same time moving the canoe over a designated course.)
  • Singles  (A relay of two people, one does the course, banks, exits and the second person enters and finishes.)
  • Portage (The first person starts in the water, completes a course, exits, puts the canoe on their shoulders and does their best to run to the second person who is handed off the canoe, then proceeds to run with the canoe, throws the canoe into the water and completes a course and time stops.)

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