• 25 – The Reckoning, Part 2

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    Premiere Date:May 18, 2009

    As the logging season winds to a close, the drama heats up. Conner fights off defeat, while the men of Pihl fight each other. Jimmy's barge refuses to budge, and for Browning and Rygaard, eleventh hour catastrophes send the competition down to the wire.

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  • 24 – The Reckoning, Part 1

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    Premiere Date:May 18, 2009

    The final week of logging's toughest season begins. Impossible goals leave no room for error, as each crew races the clock. While Rygaard and Browning are locked in a fight to the finish, Conner Aviation battles for survival. At Pihl, one man won't survive the week.

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  • 23 – Clash of the Titans

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    Premiere Date:May 11, 2009

    The gap between winners and losers is narrowing. Rygaard's new greenhorn battles to prove himself, while Conner Aviation's substitute pilot gets wild with the chopper. Dwayne Dethlefs leaves Pihl Logging high and dry, while the Aqua Loggers are sunk by bad weather. At Browning, Jesse's crew tries to catch Rygaard's lead.

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  • 22 – Fresh Meat

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    Premiere Date:May 04, 2009

    New faces are welcomed to the fraternity of men known as Ax Men. Rygaard and Conner Aviation hope their new greenhorns fare better than the last class. At Pihl, a missing cutter sends the crew on a search mission, and tempers at S&S Aqua Logging reach crisis level.

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  • 21 – The Ax Falls

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    Premiere Date:April 27, 2009

    Dead weight must be shed. Inexperienced hook tender Jesse Browning, junior pilot Steve Smith and greenhorn Brad Hewitt all have their heads on the chopping block. They've been struggling since day one, but their company bosses are out of patience and out of options. Only one will survive the week.

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  • 20 – One Weak Link

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    Premiere Date:April 20, 2009

    The tables are turned and the mountain's underdogs get their chance. Jimmy Smith finds the holy grail of underwater logs when he attempts to pull a dock out of the water. The men of Pihl Logging battle the biggest timber of their careers. Logging giant Rygaard falls victim to its greenhorn, and helicopter logging suffers under the direction of its new pilot.

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  • 19 – Lost in the Fog

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    Premiere Date:April 13, 2009

    The mountain seeks its revenge. Weather traps R&R's helicopter pilot in the fog. Trees fight back against Pihl's timber fallers. Rivers mount their defense, threatening to rip Jimmy Smith's barge in half. At Rygaard, logging is turned upside down when they move to a new downhill logging site.

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  • 18 – The King Crumbles

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    Premiere Date:March 30, 2009

    The mountain's men face the firing squad. Rygaard's greenhorn fights to keep his job, but the bosses may pull the plug before he gets his chance. Jimmy heads into uncharted waters, but hidden below the surface is a minefield that could sink his business for good. Dustin encounters a deadly scenario, and at R&R, a sudden fog rolls in and traps a pilot in zero visibility.

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  • 17 – Moby Dick Strikes

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    Premiere Date:March 23, 2009

    At Rygaard, the bosses clash over greenhorn Brad. Meanwhile, at the Pihl team, Dwayne is forced to do the job of a greenhorn. To the east, R&R Conner Aviation must choose between safety and production. Jimmy and son James are still waging war against the mammoth deadhead known as Moby Dick. Usually, three strikes and you're out…but Jimmy plays by a different set of rules!

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  • 16 – By Air, Land and Sea

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    Premiere Date:March 16, 2009

    The Ax Men soar to new heights as a helicopter logging outfit enters the competition. At Pihl, Dustin tries to talk his father into coming back to work. Rygaard's greenhorn faces his fears when he must climb a 100-ft tree, and Jimmy and James grasp at straws as their prized log slips from their clutches.

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  • 15 – Initiation Day

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    Premiere Date:March 09, 2009

    The battle has just begun–and already, men are bowing out of the race. Rygaard's greenhorn struggles to earn the respect of his crew, while Jay Browning's $30,000 gamble on new equipment craps out. Aqua logger, Jimmy Smith and his new deckhand, son James, try to reel in the log of their lives. And one of the mountain's most beloved Ax Men will hang up his saw for good.

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  • 14 – Ax Men Cometh

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    Premiere Date:March 02, 2009

    As dawn breaks over the Pacific Northwest, this year's Ax Men prepare for the battle that lies ahead. Behind every turn, danger lurks. To survive, they must escape falling trees and bone-crushing machinery, face impossible deadlines and the worst weather Mother Nature can throw at them. Returning from last season is J.M. Browning, last year's log count winner, and Pihl Logging, unruly but true-blue lifetime loggers. Adding to the competition this year will be two new companies–Washington-based newcomers Rygaard Logging, a fiery father-son team, and S&S Aqua Logging, a team of diving loggers who fish for timber in some of the Pacific Northwest's most treacherous waters.

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