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dropkick
2005-08-16, 02:46
They don't have enough money to pay for someone to man all of the fire towers around Montana, so they depend on volunteers at some of the towers.
They didn't get any volunteers for the closest fire tower to me this season (St. Mary Peak). I would have liked too have volunteered, but couldn't this year.
I just volunteered for next season.

They'll bring up water and supplies but I have to provide my own food, though if there is money available I will get a stipend (about $11.00 a day).

Normally the tower is manned from about 4 July to early October depending on the weather.
They get you in as soon as the snow melts enough for you to hike in safely and keep you there until the threat of getting snowed in grows to great.

The hike up from the trailhead is only around 3.5 to 4 miles but you gain a bit over 2500 feet in the hike (tower elevation is 9351 feet).

I haven't gone up there yet to check out the tower but will soon - twisted my ankle on a day hike and still need a few days to recover - will probably go next weekend.

http://www.firelookout.com/mt/stmarypeak.html
http://www.firetower.org/listings/us047.html
http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?lat=46.51102&lon=-114.244015

SGT Rock
2005-08-16, 06:17
Sounds like a cool way to spend some time. I just hope the novelty of sitting in one place doesn't wear off fast. Imagine sitting there day after day looking at all that cool terrain stuck in a tower - just itching it get out and hike in it!:captain:

JAK
2005-08-16, 09:49
Sounds like a cool way to spend some time. I just hope the novelty of sitting in one place doesn't wear off fast. Imagine sitting there day after day looking at all that cool terrain stuck in a tower - just itching it get out and hike in it!:captain:Top Rock,
It never seemed to bother Ranger Gord on the Red Green show.
Is it just me or is he the only normal guy on the show? :hmmmm:

http://www.pbs.org/redgreen/cast.html
RANGER GORD
(PETER KELLEGHAN)
is a Fire Warden who has been manning his Fire Watch Tower for 16 years without a vacation, a professional development day, or more than five minutes sleep. Naturally this lack of rest has somewhat lowered Ranger Gord's efficiency--he once mistook a log for a naked woman. He's also had no pay cheque for the last 15 years, but when Red suggests head office may have forgotten him he poo-poos the idea with a kind of desperate look in his eyes. Gord has had no visitors, male or especially female, so he's somewhat needy and desperate when anyone shows up. So no one does. Except Red. Ranger Gord is eager to please, "Look Red I opened five cans of creamed corn in honour of your visit." Red never stays long, and Gord tries not to cry or screeam when Red goes...."Come back soon. Good to see you... See you soon. Tomorrow maybe?" Gords only friends are the animals. And the bugs. And the plants. And many rocks. Well, actually the rocks think he's a bit wearing and annoying.

Seriously though, you could take some gear projects with you and test out stoves. Good way to put some winter calories on. :eating: :marchmell

Number7
2005-08-16, 17:48
Ever see "The Shinning" ? :evil: