Tongass National Forest, National Geographic Magazine: Alaskan Logging Competition

A remnant of logging’s heyday is the annual logging show held in Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska. This is not a tourist event, but the real thing—a competition for loggers to show off their skills.

Couples take turns on the misery whip—an old, two-person, bladed saw—and are timed to see who can cut through a log the fastest. After a day’s competition of cutting and climbing skills, a trophy is awarded to Logger of the Year.

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