Oakes Logging

Oakes Logging

On the Olympic Peninsula, a new yarder team crashes the mountain. Led by Kelley Oakes and his sons, Jake “Half Throttle” and Josh “Full Throttle,” this new crew isn’t afraid of anyone—especially anyone with the last name “Rygaard.”

Kelley is a levelheaded logger’s logger: salt of the earth, hard working, opinionated and uncensored. As their nicknames might imply, Full Throttle and Half Throttle are polar opposites. Full will run a machine wide open until the job is done and then walk away from the equipment, leaving it in whatever state it ends up in—even if that means a blown motor. His brother, on the other hand, is slower and more methodical; he prefers to see things through and takes satisfaction in knowing the job is done and the gear is sound.

Nowhere on this crew is there any love lost for Gabe Rygaard. As they put it, “The girls of Rygaard don’t stand a chance against Oakes.”