Making the Cut
With great enthusiasm, Colby Woodsmen host annual Mud Meet
The thwack of axes biting into wood. The full-throated whine of a chainsaw, its operator almost hidden behind a shower of sawdust. The cheers of the crowd, encouraging the competitors to achieve acts of skill, strength, speed, and accuracy.
It was the Colby Woodsmen’s annual Mud Meet, bringing together teams from Dartmouth College, the University of Vermont, and Colby—including one very enthusiastic Colby alumni team. Although mud was hard to come by on this particular sunny, mid-April Saturday, camaraderie was not. “Keep it up!” the men and women of the woodsmen teams shouted at each other as they sawed, chopped, threw, climbed, and split. “You’ve got this!”
The team, a co-ed student recreation club, has been active since 1950. Members compete in timber-sport events like the ax throw, crosscut saw, pole climb, and more at meets across the Northeast and Canada. All interested students are welcome to participate—all you need is a willingness to learn and a sense of humor, according to the club web page. It doesn’t hurt, though, to have an appreciation for old-time feats of woodsmen derring-do performed in the fresh air and in the company of friends.
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