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Old 10-06-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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What career is the most physical work? Could it be farming? Might it be the carpentry profession? We have a lot of tough jobs here in Montana, I'm just wondering what you folks think might be the most physically demanding.

I don't want to here what you have heard is tough, I want to know what you know is tough. For example Louis Lamour once wrote, "folks are always talking about how busy a bee is, shows they really never watched a bee. A bee makes so much fuss with all his perambulating around that folks think their doing a sight of work, but believe me, I've watched bee's by the hour and I can tell you all that buzzing is a fraud. The bees I've watched always buzzed in the sunniest places around the best smelling flowers." This post is not about insects of course but you get the idea, there's sometimes a difference between perception and reality.

I think one of the toughest jobs might be cement work. I did this kind of work after high school for a couple summers and it was tough tough work.
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Are you talking the most physical demanding in Montana? Well, when they were running, I'd say a roughneck on an oilrig.
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:13 PM
 
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Any state will do I guess. Roughneck huh... maybe, I don't know anything about that job.
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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I have worked a number of physically demanding jobs including ranching, farming, construction, mining, but hands down the most demanding day in day out rough job, Logging.

If you have major equipment you are at a dead run all the time to make the loads necessary to keep it operating, repairing it, maintaining it.
You work in all conditions, all weather, running up and down mountains carrying 100 lbs of gear.

Worse yet is horse logging. Slower paced, but more physically demanding handling the horses. Without the powered equipment the physical demands go up because you have to cut the lengths in the forest so the horses can pull the logs, you have to get the "widowmakers" down, (trees that catch in the tops of other trees instead of going all the way to the ground), you have to move the logs with your peavey or canthook to get them out of tangles, lots of ax work if you pinch your saw. Wading through waist deep snow or mud on a slope you can't stand upright on or rest on, it ain't fun.

The only thing that comes close is wildland firefighting where you add heat and smoke to the equation. However, you don't have to cut and limb or snake the logs out to the deck, just drop and leave, so Logging is my number one toughest job.
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Any state will do I guess. Roughneck huh... maybe, I don't know anything about that job.
Jobs may have become more specialized since I did it. But when I worked in the drilling field, a roughneck did everything from slapping chains to make a joint to humping drill rod, to just about anything a drill operator wouldn't do. Definately a young mans game. Never saw a Roughneck over the age of about 30.
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:39 PM
 
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I have worked a number of physically demanding jobs including ranching, farming, construction, mining, but hands down the most demanding day in day out rough job, Logging.

The only thing that comes close is wildland firefighting where you add heat and smoke to the equation. However, you don't have to cut and limb or snake the logs out to the deck, just drop and leave, so Logging is my number one toughest job.
Haven't done either but I can imagine they would both be among the toughest because of the weight they carry and they are always climbing up and down hills. They both have the danger factor also.
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:36 PM
 
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Exactly 40 years ago today I returned from Vietnam in one piece. Tough duty for a combat arms soldier for sure.

But without a doubt the toughest job, even done by some Montanans, is being a soldier in Afghanistan toting an 80 pound ruck sack, weapons and ammunition up and down terrain where the temperature might be 120 degrees all the while being shot at by fanatics that want their throats. Nothing compares. Remember them.
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:45 PM
 
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Exactly 40 years ago today I returned from Vietnam in one piece.


Huge kudos to you!!!

I worked concrete in the hot summer sun and figured it was pretty tough, but comparing it to some that have been mentioned that seems like light duty.

Another tough job is mountain fencing. Hauling 80 pound rolls of barbed wire 3 miles back into the rough country. Carrying chainsaws and gas and water and all the tools required. This is when you wish you had a good mule.
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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A combat infantryman in a harsh climate has to be the toughest job of all.

GL2
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:25 PM
 
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Well I been a roughneck for years. Theres no other job in the world besides crab fishing thats is worse.
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