Cal Poly to Host Collegiate Timber Sports Competition on Campus March 28-30

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host the Association of Western Forestry Clubs Logging Conclave (AWFC) next week on campus. Contestants will compete from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 through Friday, March 30.

The AWFC is the largest collegiate timber sports competition west of the Mississippi. More than 100 competitors from 12 colleges across the nation will compete in events such as axe throwing, pulp tossing, choker races, caber toss, horizontal chopping, dendrology and traverse. In addition to Cal Poly, the colleges competing include Northern Arizona University, Shasta Community College, UC Berkeley, University of British Columbia, Humboldt State University, University of Nevada Reno, Colorado State University, University of Montana, Montana State University, Flathead Valley Community College, and the University of Idaho. 

“There is always someone swinging an axe, falling off a log, or flinging themselves up a 50-foot tree, and this ever-present excitement is always backed up by the sweet sound of chainsaws and cheering,” senior biology major Kyle Rozell said.

Rozell, a three-year member of the Cal Poly Logging Team, specializes in the single buck and the double buck, which involves using a crosscut saw to cut the end off of an elevated log. He also competes in the underhand and vertical chop, where competitors use an axe to cut a log block in half while it is positioned horizontally beneath their feet. 

The Cal Poly intercollegiate team of male and female students are deft in traditional forestry field skills such as chopping wood, climbing trees and balancing on rolling logs. In fact, they have a long history of winning. In May 2017 the team won first place at the 78th annual Association of Western Forestry Clubs Logging Sports Conclave in Flagstaff, Arizona. That win marked the third time in the last four years that the Cal Poly Logging Team has taken first place. The club is open to all university students.

The Logging Conclave will be held at the Logging Unit off Stenner Creek Road. Attendees are asked to park at the H1 parking lot off Mount Bishop Road. Shuttles will run between the competition grounds and the parking lot on the hour. Parking cost is $5. Visit maps.calpoly.edu for campus maps.

Cal Poly Logging Team President Will Kraemer, left, and Secretary Kyle Rozell compete in the double bucking event at a recent competition.

Cal Poly Logging Team President Will Kraemer, left, and Secretary Kyle Rozell compete in the double bucking event at a recent competition.
 

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo
805-756-2427; ancornej@calpoly.edu

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (www.cafes.calpoly.edu) is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.

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