July 2010

Morton Logger's Jubilee - Springboard Event

Morton Logger’s Jubilee

For the logging connoisseurs of Lewis County, nothing cools down a hot summer day like taking a tumble into the river! Aside from a five-year hiatus during World War II, the Morton Logger’s Jubilee has been delighting crowds since 1937, proving there is much, much more to logging than plaid flannel and chainsaws. The “Granddaddy of Logging Shows,” held in Morton, Washington, a half-hour’s drive from our Ashford cabins, draws competitors both locally and internationally. From a parade down Main Street to lively logrolling competitions, from tree climbing races to lawnmower races, the Logger’s Jubilee offers a number of ways to showcase logging skills in a weekend of old-fashioned entertainment.

Click Play to see what goes on at the Morton Logger’s Jubilee!

Morton’s 68-year tradition began as a logging show in 1937. It grew from there, advertised by local string bands around Lewis County and attracting more festival goers year by year. Before climbing poles were raised, men climbed the highest trees by the river, and in 1946 the competitions began to include power saws as well as hand saws. Bleachers were constructed, a Queen-crowning competition was instituted in 1955 to raise awareness and excitement for the festival, and special floats were built to be featured in the parade. Though time and technology have marched on, the Logger’s Jubilee has striven to maintain an air of authenticity: many of the competitions make use of now-outdated skills and tools, keeping history alive and accessible to generations unfamiliar with traditional logging.

Morton Logger's Jubilee Springboard Event

Morton Loggers' Jubilee - Springboard Event

Morton’s 68th Logger’s Jubilee kicks off on Thursday, August 12 with the crowning of a festival Queen. Throughout the weekend you can expect delicious festival foods and a Flea Market, which is always a temptation to the treasure hunter in all of us. On Friday in the late afternoon, the lawnmower races take place. For thirty years now, contestants have built and customized a racing lawnmower and raced one another in time trials. On Saturday, there is an early breakfast, a 10k Jubilee Run (and an alternate 2 mile fun run for the kids), bed races down Main Street, and both a Children’s Parade and a Grand Parade. The Logging Show is held at 2pm, and afterwards you can attend a rendition of Grease at the local theater, and enjoy music and dancing on Main Street in the evening. Sunday is a little quieter, with a Logger’s Breakfast, a Logging Show at noon, raffles and awards afterward, and another showing of Grease.

Morton Logger's Jubilee Birling Event

Morton Loggers' Jubilee - Birling Event

The main attraction at the Logger’s Jubilee is, of course, the Logging Show. Logrolling—also known as “birling”—is one of the first images that comes to mind: two lumberjacks teetering on a log, rolling in the river and trying to keep their balance. There are various chainsawing competitions, and the bed races—where four girls haul a bed frame carrying one boy down Main Street—is yet another fun event to root for. The lawnmower races have remained intact for 30 years, offering a chance to win first prize to anyone who can build and ride a basic lawnmower (without the blades, that is!). Tree climbing, where loggers race to the top of a branchless tree pole as fast as they can and then repel to the ground, is sure to captivate, and draws competitors from all around the country. There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned summer festival, and the Morton Logger’s Jubilee is surely one of the best in Washington!

The 2010 Loggers’ Jubilee is August 12th through the 15th.  For more information please check the following resources:

Morton Logger's Jubilee

Morton Loggers' Jubilee - One of the many chainsawing events

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Height of Mount Rainier To Be Remeasured

by Three Bears Lodge on July 8, 2010 Category: Did You Know?

Height of Mount Rainier

The official height of Mt. Rainier has stood at 14,411.1 feet since the first GPS measurement of the mountain in 1988. A second measurement in 1999 came within a half-inch of that number. Now geologists plan another trek to the top to measure the mountain again with a new generation of GPS devices.  These aren’t your standard handheld GPS devices, either; they’re specially designed for surveyors and construction companies to take extremely accurate measurements.

Here’s a few of the measured heights of the mountain over the years, and the methods used prior to GPS technology:

Height: 12,330 feet
Measured By:
Lt. Charles Wilkes
Visual estimate / Triangulation

Height: 14,440 feet
Year: 1856
Measured By: U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
Method: Triangulation

Height: 14,528 feet
Measured By: Edgar McClure
Method: Mercury Barometer

Height: 14,408 feet
Year: 1914
Measured By: U.S. Geological Survey
Method: Plane Table and Alidade

Height: 14,410 feet
Year: 1956
Measured By: USGS
Method: Triangulation with Simultaneous Reciprocal Angles

Height: 14,411.1 feet
Year: 1988
Measured By: Larry Signani & Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington
Method: GPS Device

Height: 14,411.05 feet
Year: 1999
Measured By: Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington
Method: GPS Device

Original Story: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012293597_rainier07m.html


Shadows of the Past Tour at Mt. Rainier

The National Park Service announced today it’s Shadows of the Past program, to be held at the Trail of the Shadows near Longmire in Mount Rainier National Park.  The program is a ~90 minute tour along the half-mile trail that will lead families and individuals of all ages into a journey into the past to visit characters such as John Muir, P.B. Van Trump and Fay Fuller among others.  As the walk continues the characters will come to life and share their stories of Mount Rainier.

The program will run 4 nights during the summer: July 10th, July 24th, August 7th, and August 21st.  Ranger-led lantern tours depart every 20 minutes between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine. Bring a warm jacket, insect repellant, a flashlight, and wear sturdy shoes. The program is free with the National Park admission fee.

If you have questions or you are interested in becoming involved in the program as a character or lantern bearer, please contact Lee Snook at (360) 569-2211  *6043

Take a look at this video produced by the National Park Service to see what’s in store:

“Shadows of the Past” – Mount Rainier National Park from Three Moon Bay on Vimeo.