Staged at the 4th of July Creek, Sawtooth Valley Work Center, across from the Sawtooth Mt range, same dam jaw dropping awesome scenery as usual in Idaho.
Perfect weather, (finally), with scads of ungulates roaming along the fields along the highway. And of course a carpet of "shooting stars" right in front of the Boulder Mountains.
Safety was the emphasis on all situations regarding the situations, goals,and tools used.
History, safe use, and maintenance of the individual tools were covered.
Then it got into the actual application of safely using these skills to safely, clear trails for recreation and back country access.
(notice the recurrent "safely" connotations, as you don't want to be be broken or bleeding far from help).
An assessment of the goal / situation must be made prior to action. Overhead hazards, underfoot obstacles, how the logs are "loaded", (bound up or torqued), and what might happen when the log cuts loose. And an escape route if it's not like anticipated.
And then the actual safe cutting.
So we were given instruction and then put out in the field, teamed up with an instructor evaluator. Across from the center and the Salmon headwaters, which has now become a river, are miles of beetle kill lodgepole pine.
Skills with a chainsaw, axe, and crosscut saw were put to test.
Thanks to all , instructors and participants.