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Tue Jan 21, 2020, 04:51 PM

After a three year hiatus, I'll be back working in a fire lookout this summer ..

I'll be working the Idaho high-country, in one of the highest fire lookouts (at 9945 feet!) in the US. I'll have views of the Salmon Mountains, the Sawtooth Range, and the River-of-No-Return Wilderness. I'll post more details as fire season gets closer.

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Reply After a three year hiatus, I'll be back working in a fire lookout this summer .. (Original post)
DemoTex Jan 21 OP
kentuck Jan 21 #1
DemoTex Jan 21 #26
USALiberal Jan 21 #2
DemoTex Jan 21 #25
USALiberal Jan 21 #38
JohnnyLib2 Jan 21 #3
livetohike Jan 21 #4
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struggle4progress Jan 21 #32
blm Jan 21 #5
DemoTex Jan 21 #27
blm Jan 21 #30
A HERETIC I AM Jan 21 #47
peacebuzzard Jan 21 #6
inwiththenew Jan 21 #7
AnotherMother4Peace Jan 21 #8
skip fox Jan 21 #9
DemoTex Jan 21 #34
erronis Jan 21 #39
skip fox Jan 21 #46
Backseat Driver Jan 21 #10
Karadeniz Jan 21 #11
DemoTex Jan 21 #36
lpbk2713 Jan 21 #12
DemoTex Jan 21 #42
lpbk2713 Jan 21 #43
flotsam Jan 22 #49
FirstLight Jan 21 #13
Bob Loblaw Jan 21 #14
mountain grammy Jan 21 #15
berni_mccoy Jan 21 #16
Throck Jan 21 #17
marieo1 Jan 21 #18
Botany Jan 21 #19
DemoTex Jan 21 #37
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 22 #54
2naSalit Jan 21 #20
marble falls Jan 21 #21
Wounded Bear Jan 21 #22
shanti Jan 21 #23
B Stieg Jan 21 #24
Blues Heron Jan 21 #28
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warmfeet Jan 21 #31
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blogslut Jan 21 #40
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Iggo Jan 21 #44
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Hekate Jan 22 #48
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Sloumeau Jan 22 #51
flying_wahini Jan 22 #52
DemoTex Jan 23 #58
trof Jan 22 #53
DemoTex Jan 23 #59
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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 04:52 PM

1. We can expect more great photos?

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Response to kentuck (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:03 PM

26. With any luck!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 04:54 PM

2. What is your shift? nt

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Response to USALiberal (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:02 PM

25. June - September

Probably 10 days on & 4 days off.

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #25)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:28 PM

38. Constantly scanning for smoke? Only one person at a time in room? nt

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 04:54 PM

3. I'm really looking forward to your reports and photos--


being a displaced desert kid!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 04:54 PM

4. Can't wait to see the pics! n/t

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Response to livetohike (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:13 PM

32. +

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 04:54 PM

5. Are you looking forward to this? It's been awhile.

But, sure love your dedication and your photos.

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Response to blm (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:05 PM

27. Some trepidation about the elevation ..

But my last lookout was at almost 9000 feet.

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #27)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:11 PM

30. Wishing you the best.

As always.

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #27)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 08:08 PM

47. That was the one above Tucson?

Yes?

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 04:55 PM

6. Wondered what happened ....

Great to hear the news.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 04:55 PM

7. Pretty cool

I hiked up Mt Washburn in Yellowstone and they had one of those up there. Pretty neat to see.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 05:01 PM

8. Great! - I hope that means more pictures. Please. nt

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 05:09 PM

9. A great time for Kerouac's Desolation Angels!

Seriously.

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Response to skip fox (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:17 PM

34. Required reading in the fire lookout ..

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #34)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:29 PM

39. Yep - Desert Solitaire by the original Monkey Wrench Gangsta.

I remember reading this in the late 60s and loving the views of nature, and the human kind.

I think I have an autographed copy somewhere unless one of my countless kids has made off with it.

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #34)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 08:05 PM

46. Isn't there a Philip Whalen watchtower sequesnce as well?

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 05:11 PM

10. We'll be here to liven up your world as always but especially during that term of service, DemoTex.

Lonely digs on those mountaintops. We count on your expertise and observations across the forests. Keep those peepers open and send down those fantastic photos!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 05:17 PM

11. Aren't there some dangers to being in high altitudes? I hope there are some preventative

Measures you can take!!!

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:20 PM

36. I worked a lookout at about 9000 feet for three fire seasons ..

I'll acclimate to the altitude very quickly. I'm just worried about the cold temperatures, but the lookout has both a wood burning stove and a propane heater.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 05:18 PM

12. No more P-2 in your sig line?



I've been around them but never flew in one before.

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Response to lpbk2713 (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:34 PM

42. Here 'ya go:



NAF Cam Ranh Bay
Vietnam - 1970/71

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #42)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:39 PM

43. Outstanding.





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Response to DemoTex (Reply #42)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 11:57 AM

49. Am I crazy

or is that nacelle damaged?

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 05:19 PM

13. sounds amazing...I look forward to you doing this and sharing again!

How did you get into this job/gig? It's awesome, I look forward to your updates!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 05:26 PM

14. Congrats

Thanks for the work you do, and for your artistry.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 05:31 PM

15. Good news! Love your photos.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 05:45 PM

16. Good to hear!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 05:50 PM

17. I always thought fire lookout was a really cool job.

The girl who sat behind me in homeroom got a job as one and moved to Montana. She loved solo hiking, planted a garden at the base of her tower. Ultimately got married to a firefighter, fellow fire watch guy she met. Haven't seen her at recent reunions but her brothers fill me in.

How long is a shift? Are you allowed to read? Are you allowed to nap? Do you have to work during thunderstorms?

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 06:07 PM

18. Green with Envy!!!

I have worked fires for Minnesota. In fact, I went to Miles City, Montana a couple of times as a dispatcher. It is exciting but it would be so rewarding to have such wonderful views. I envy you!!!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 06:19 PM

19. And your friends will be waiting to see you.

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Response to Botany (Reply #19)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:23 PM

37. You would remind me!



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Response to DemoTex (Reply #37)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 02:06 PM

54. 💚💚💚

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 06:22 PM

20. Cool!

I haven't been over that way in a few years, not many really. You'll get to hear wolves at night!

I might have to come out and visit you! It's not that far from me even though I'm not in Idaho.

Can't wait to see your new pictures!

ETA: It's pretty chilly much of the time over there. I've spent a couple summers in that area, working and doing research. Bring plenty of base layers!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 06:40 PM

21. Need a book or two?

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 06:41 PM

22. Dayum! Don't forget your oxygen tanks...



Love your posts and photos. Be safe and enjoy!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 06:45 PM

23. Can't wait for the pics!

I bet you have lots of strange stories about things you've seen from your times in the wilderness.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 06:56 PM

24. Very Cool That You're Back On The Scene!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:07 PM

28. righteous. looking forward to dispatches.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:08 PM

29. I spent two summers on fire lookouts during the 70s.

One summer I was on Green Mountain and another summer I was on Miners Ridge. Both are in the North Cascades in Washington State. When I was on Green Mountain I had to hike downhill for a mile to get water from s stream, then pack it back uphill on my back. Quite an experience. Author Jack Kerouac had been stationed as a lookout at Miners Ridge at one time. I could still see his signature on old log books stored at the lookout.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:12 PM

31. I am jealous.

Nice gig.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:15 PM

33. My favorite part of Idaho!

Congratulations! That's some of the most beautiful country in the lower 48..

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:18 PM

35. WONDERFUL!

Your pics are one of the best things about summer!!!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:30 PM

40. Yay!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:30 PM

41. Good news

Great photos

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:48 PM

44. Nice!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Tue Jan 21, 2020, 07:50 PM

45. i thought that u all were extinct , but i was wrong. boy i leanred something today.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 11:40 AM

48. All the best!

Stay safe, too. Looking forward to your reports.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:17 PM

50. Very nice

I always appreciated your threads from the lookout stations you visited.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:25 PM

51. Please remember to light the Warning beacon of Gondor if needed. :) eom

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:38 PM

52. My questions...

Presumably you have an internet connection? Alone the whole time?
Regarding 10 days on& 4 off schedule... what do you do when you are off? When on duty-
Do you have to stay up there the whole time? Can you leave at all?



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Response to flying_wahini (Reply #52)

Thu Jan 23, 2020, 09:58 AM

58. Alone, except for visitors ..

There is cell service and internet. I'll take ham radio equipment and Sirius radio. While on duty, my hours are 8-4:30. After hours I can explore. I am planning to do some fly fishing on nearby waters. But once the lightning (and fires) start, I'll go on a dawn to dusk schedule, or even after dark for problem fires.
On my off days, I will hang out in Stanley and enjoy the mountain life. Some time is required to do laundry and re-provision. I can see, perhaps, going into Boise for the big stuff (Costco, REI, etc). I expect that my wife will visit, too, probably on my off days (she can't do the 10,000 foot lookout due to altitude sickness).
But, the bottom line is lots of photography and videography. Thinking about a drone. I'll do a blog, and probably a video blog.
The time will fly. Due to the elevation and snows, it is a very short fire lookout season in the high country.

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:50 PM

53. Damn! You taking oxygen with you?

I'd get hypoxic at that altitude.

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Response to trof (Reply #53)

Thu Jan 23, 2020, 10:09 AM

59. I think the masks drop down automatically ..

Right?

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 02:07 PM

55. So glad to hear this!

I've missed your Summer reports and photos, this is great news!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 03:00 PM

56. Looking forward to new photos!

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Response to DemoTex (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 03:08 PM

57. Wow! I hope you enjoy the time, take LOTS of photos

to share with us, and do not have a busy fire season.

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