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Packing up. End of year mantra.
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Burning piles 🔥, building snowmen ⛄️ and having snowball fights ❄️... a good day at work if I do say so myself!
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#southwestconservationcorps #womensfirecorps #winter !!! #snowballfight #snowman !!!! #prescribedburning
#tbt to the greatest crew in the world! I can't even begin to tell folks how wonderful all these people are, and how blessed I was to have the opportunity to do the work I did, see places untouched (mostly) by humankind, and to really work on myself. 🌲🌲🌲 When I joined SCC, I was broke as hell, learning to cope with my PTSD, and learning how to love and accept masculinity. I learned how to keep pushing on the brink of exhaustion, how to properly communicate without victimizing myself (or attacking others), to be 100% honest with myself, and to never use moss as toilet paper (I repeat, NEVER use moss as toilet paper!) I remember in the midst of the season, my parents begged me to quit and go back to guiding (since I was broke and my bank account was always overdraft) but I stood by my decision, because I knew no amount of money could buy the love, frustration, growth and lessons I received. Thank you #southwestconservationcorps for the experience of a lifetime. I hope one day to go back to conservation work ❤️🌲
#tbt  to the greatest crew in the world! I can't even begin to tell folks how wonderful all these people are, and how blessed I was to have the opportunity to do the work I did, see places untouched (mostly) by humankind, and to really work on myself. 🌲🌲🌲 When I joined SCC, I was broke as hell, learning to cope with my PTSD, and learning how to love and accept masculinity. I learned how to keep pushing on the brink of exhaustion, how to properly communicate without victimizing myself (or attacking others), to be 100% honest with myself, and to never use moss as toilet paper (I repeat, NEVER use moss as toilet paper!) I remember in the midst of the season, my parents begged me to quit and go back to guiding (since I was broke and my bank account was always overdraft) but I stood by my decision, because I knew no amount of money could buy the love, frustration, growth and lessons I received. Thank you #southwestconservationcorps  for the experience of a lifetime. I hope one day to go back to conservation work ❤️🌲
Burning piles! 🔥 🔥 🔥 •
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#burnpiles #wildlandfirefighter #southwestconservationcorps #workoutside #itsfreezing 👍🏼
Womens Fire Corps...periodically they can be coerced into taking a nice photo. #womeninfire #southwestconservationcorps
Heyo! My name is Marshall Masayesva and I am currently the founder/director of Adventures for Hopi program. I am also the coordinator for the Southwest Conservation Corps Ancestral Lands Hopi Program. I have been selected into the Emerging Leaders Program as part of the SHIFT Festival in Jackson Hole WY next week. I received my B.A. in Adventure Education from Fort Lewis College in 2014. Since then, my work focus has primarily been on creating access, employment, and economic opportunities in the recreation/conservation field for young folks in my home community on the Hopi Reservation. I very much believe that offering opportunities for young folks to simply be outside and to provide service to our communities is the way to move forward. I am hoping to use this platform to continue serving our young folks on Hopi by highlighting the work that still needs to happen. so come check out us and other cool projects like @nativesoutdoors at the SHIFT festival November 1-3!!! #southwestconservationcorps #emergingleadersprogram #ancestrallands #adventuresforhopi #shiftfestival2017
Heyo! My name is Marshall Masayesva and I am currently the founder/director of Adventures for Hopi program. I am also the coordinator for the Southwest Conservation Corps Ancestral Lands Hopi Program. I have been selected into the Emerging Leaders Program as part of the SHIFT Festival in Jackson Hole WY next week. I received my B.A. in Adventure Education from Fort Lewis College in 2014. Since then, my work focus has primarily been on creating access, employment, and economic opportunities in the recreation/conservation field for young folks in my home community on the Hopi Reservation. I very much believe that offering opportunities for young folks to simply be outside and to provide service to our communities is the way to move forward. I am hoping to use this platform to continue serving our young folks on Hopi by highlighting the work that still needs to happen. so come check out us and other cool projects like @nativesoutdoors at the SHIFT festival November 1-3!!! #southwestconservationcorps  #emergingleadersprogram  #ancestrallands  #adventuresforhopi  #shiftfestival2017 
Prescribed burn today! 🔥🔥🔥📸: sho sho ! @urbannn_nomad •
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#womeninwildfire #southwestconservationcorps #wildlandfirefighting #sheexplores #bighornnationalforest #cowpatties #lotsofem
🌳Project work feat. some beautiful scenery... •
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#southwestconservationcorps #conservationcorps #firecorps #womensfirecorps #liveoutdoors #workoutdoors
Cutting out a hazard tree hang up near some campsites at 11 Mile State Park!
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#southwestconservationcorps #trailwork #chainsaw #americorps #colorado
Lately I've felt uninspired. 
Uninspired in a way that I don't want to photograph or film or even think about filming-- an artistic depression of sorts. Right now it's easy to fall into the thought pattern of viewing my work as shit, unimportant, and and not unique. At first I found it alarming: *I shouldn't be thinking these things! I have to keep working!* But with the advice from fellow artists @cantycan and @tunneltravel I came to some peace in this feeling. Peace in just listening and observing, peace in creating in other ways (drawing, painting, writing) in hopes that with this sabbatical I'll be able to return to my work anew, reinvigorated in the importance that my art brings to my life. Able to create for me. 
Any of yous ever experience artistic depression? How do you cope?
Lately I've felt uninspired. Uninspired in a way that I don't want to photograph or film or even think about filming-- an artistic depression of sorts. Right now it's easy to fall into the thought pattern of viewing my work as shit, unimportant, and and not unique. At first I found it alarming: *I shouldn't be thinking these things! I have to keep working!* But with the advice from fellow artists @cantycan and @tunneltravel I came to some peace in this feeling. Peace in just listening and observing, peace in creating in other ways (drawing, painting, writing) in hopes that with this sabbatical I'll be able to return to my work anew, reinvigorated in the importance that my art brings to my life. Able to create for me. Any of yous ever experience artistic depression? How do you cope?
The view from Dark Canyon! With bat experts from GCLA we attempted mist-netting bats this year. Unfortunately, due to the high lake level and mud madness, we were not able to set up the nets in Dark Canyon. It sure is pretty up there though. 
#batresearch #glencanyonnationalrecreationarea #darkcanyon #cataractcanyon #riverrestoration #conservationrafting #southwestconservationcorps @southwestconservationcorps @rockymountainrafts @downriverequipment
Have a great week everyone! We'll be removing invasives, running rapids, studying birds and bats, eating good food, monitoring plant species, and playing koob in Cataract Canyon!
#latergators #cataractcanyon #invasiveremoval #glencanyonnationalrecreationarea #southwestconservationcorps #raftingisgangsta #conservationisgangsta
This week's adventures feat. giant fire death box.
This week's adventures feat. giant fire death box.
Nearly ready to head to California to work on our first wildfire with this incredible group of women! #womeninfire #rookies #southwestconservationcorps #womensfirecorps #crew262
So excited to go out with these ladies next week and fight our first fire in Oregon!! 🔥🌲 #womeninfire #womensfirecorps #southwestconservationcorps
Just another day, living the dream in the mighty San Juans!! #colorado #southwestconservationcorps #trailblazing #ouray #trails #forestservice #rockymountains #sanjuans
Last week was spent looking at stump shots (what remains after cutting a tree down), then talking about those stump shots, and then redoing it all over again.  It's so fun teaching people who have never touched a saw before and getting them to a place where they feel confident and safe.

Excited to be back on a saw as well as the season to come!
Last week was spent looking at stump shots (what remains after cutting a tree down), then talking about those stump shots, and then redoing it all over again. It's so fun teaching people who have never touched a saw before and getting them to a place where they feel confident and safe. Excited to be back on a saw as well as the season to come!
Straight chillin' 
#downtothecorpsfilm
The coyotes yip down in the valley, reverberating off each peak. We yip back. They come closer and reply, curious to find their upright coyote friends. 
#downtothecorpsfilm
The coyotes yip down in the valley, reverberating off each peak. We yip back. They come closer and reply, curious to find their upright coyote friends. #downtothecorpsfilm 
"I pass by wildflowers everyday while walking to work. They've changed from the time we arrived. First it was wild irises. When they became brown maracas the columbines appeared -- blue, white and yellow exploded stars, replaced by nodding yellow and purple daisies and then healing yarrow flowers. Now our season has ended, the flowers have started to close up only to reopen again next year. "
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📷: @_sarah_hamilton_  on her experience directing a documentary called "Down to the Corps" following a trail crew in Southwest Colorado as they come up against the struggles of living and working in the great outdoors.
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Tag #pranazion to share your stories adventuring in our Stretch Zion collection.
"I pass by wildflowers everyday while walking to work. They've changed from the time we arrived. First it was wild irises. When they became brown maracas the columbines appeared -- blue, white and yellow exploded stars, replaced by nodding yellow and purple daisies and then healing yarrow flowers. Now our season has ended, the flowers have started to close up only to reopen again next year. " - 📷: @_sarah_hamilton_ on her experience directing a documentary called "Down to the Corps" following a trail crew in Southwest Colorado as they come up against the struggles of living and working in the great outdoors. - Tag #pranazion  to share your stories adventuring in our Stretch Zion collection.
Today I'm 25. Because it's my birthday I'm going to tell you a few facts about myself while I play you a tune.

I constantly see the time 8:27 (which is today's date). My favorite smell is a musty water damaged basement. 
Beet is my spirit vegetable. 
I can lick my elbow.

At 50 I imagine I'll live in a cottage like the nice lady from Matilda and have honey bees and berries.

Additonally, I think its silly to have a birthday and not acknowledge the one that gave birth to you so here's to my parents (especially my mum) for having me on this day. As well as all the homemade cakes and butterfly themed birthday parties from years past. I can't thank you enough. Much love. ❤️
Today I'm 25. Because it's my birthday I'm going to tell you a few facts about myself while I play you a tune. I constantly see the time 8:27 (which is today's date). My favorite smell is a musty water damaged basement. Beet is my spirit vegetable. I can lick my elbow. At 50 I imagine I'll live in a cottage like the nice lady from Matilda and have honey bees and berries. Additonally, I think its silly to have a birthday and not acknowledge the one that gave birth to you so here's to my parents (especially my mum) for having me on this day. As well as all the homemade cakes and butterfly themed birthday parties from years past. I can't thank you enough. Much love. ❤️
That time we stopped at the Grand Canyon on the way to a disaster relief project in Flagstaff. This flannel flew out the window of the rig about an hour after this was taken. •
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#grandcanyon #arizona #nationalparks #getoutside #dirtbag #dirtbaglife #flannel #trailkids #conservationcorps #southwestconservationcorps #conservationwork #southwestusa  #trailwork #trailcrew #tbt #usnp #desertlandscape #instalandscape #instaviews
I sat down to start a project today, turns out it started at least three years ago.  So the majority of the day was spent processing all the pictures from the life I lived as a dirtbag trail kid in Colorado.  In between I had a class with @meghancurrieyoga called From The Inside Out.  It was so accurately fitting for all the emotions that have been loved today. The universe is beautiful. •
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#Colorado #travelogue #worldheartsoul #travellife #southwestusa #roadtrip #dirtbag #dirtbaglife #southwestconservationcorps #instaview #instaearth #pastlives #inprocess #sychronicity #trailkids #centralcolorado #tbt
I sat down to start a project today, turns out it started at least three years ago. So the majority of the day was spent processing all the pictures from the life I lived as a dirtbag trail kid in Colorado. In between I had a class with @meghancurrieyoga called From The Inside Out. It was so accurately fitting for all the emotions that have been loved today. The universe is beautiful. • • • • • #Colorado  #travelogue  #worldheartsoul  #travellife  #southwestusa  #roadtrip  #dirtbag  #dirtbaglife  #southwestconservationcorps  #instaview  #instaearth  #pastlives  #inprocess  #sychronicity  #trailkids  #centralcolorado  #tbt 
While everyone was off in the lands of totality, @southwestconservationcorps crew leaders were prepping for the season - retiping chainsaw bars, rehandling tools, and ensuring things were in tip-top shape.  Breaks included donuts, one pair of eclipse glasses, and a lot of hub bub as we passed that one pair around.
While everyone was off in the lands of totality, @southwestconservationcorps crew leaders were prepping for the season - retiping chainsaw bars, rehandling tools, and ensuring things were in tip-top shape. Breaks included donuts, one pair of eclipse glasses, and a lot of hub bub as we passed that one pair around.
Clean but somehow still, dirty laundry.
Clean but somehow still, dirty laundry.
Things are *ahem* very serious here. 
#downtothecorpsfilm
Taking breaks in bushes to find what little shade there is. 
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Our tallest member gets stuck in culverts often.

#downtothecorpsfilm #longbody
So much ponderosa blood. This project was a lot of fun. Lots of experience gained from this season thanks to the @southwestconservationcorps. So lucky to be put on a project like this. Very rare to fell trees like this in a conservation corps. I'll miss dropping pondos. Looking forward to fall season.  #sawyer #felling #southwestconservationcorps #feller #lumberjack #colorado
So much ponderosa blood. This project was a lot of fun. Lots of experience gained from this season thanks to the @southwestconservationcorps. So lucky to be put on a project like this. Very rare to fell trees like this in a conservation corps. I'll miss dropping pondos. Looking forward to fall season. #sawyer  #felling  #southwestconservationcorps  #feller  #lumberjack  #colorado 
So honored to work with these amazing men and Tia. #SouthwestConservationCorps #AncestralLands2017 💪🏼💕
First attempt at a bore cut. Not too shabby I'd say. #vfc #borecut #sawsandsticks #scc #southwestconservationcorps
This photo perfectly sums up our season together, Crew 479, and in a mere 10 days it will come to a close. 
Through our months together, I've watched each of you grow, find the raw edges of your comfort and stretch beyond them. I've seen you grow from an awkward collection of strangers, wondering what in god's name you've gotten yourselves into, to being the (only somewhat) dysfunctional family unit we find ourselves in today. We've overcome a nonsensical array of challenges, but together we always emerge with enough poise and humor to pose for a goofy photo. 
Good luck to us, on our final hitch as a crew and beyond.
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#conservation #southwestconservationcorps #offroading #stuck
This photo perfectly sums up our season together, Crew 479, and in a mere 10 days it will come to a close. Through our months together, I've watched each of you grow, find the raw edges of your comfort and stretch beyond them. I've seen you grow from an awkward collection of strangers, wondering what in god's name you've gotten yourselves into, to being the (only somewhat) dysfunctional family unit we find ourselves in today. We've overcome a nonsensical array of challenges, but together we always emerge with enough poise and humor to pose for a goofy photo. Good luck to us, on our final hitch as a crew and beyond. I love y'all! . . . #conservation  #southwestconservationcorps  #offroading  #stuck 
It's raining oceans of water and lightning-ing but hey, at least it's not snowing a couple feet... :) #downtothecorpsfilm
It's raining oceans of water and lightning-ing but hey, at least it's not snowing a couple feet... :) #downtothecorpsfilm 
Crew #602 enjoying the views! This was the first kayaking trip for a majority of our kiddos serving with the AL Hopi Conservation Corps! AL Hopi's dream is to blend recreation with service opportunities to engage our members in meaningful and fun service opportunities!  #A4H #adventure #adventuresforhopi #AncestralLandsHopi #southwestconservationcorps #hopi #AncestralLands
This lady's the best co-leader. @mugcy, thanks for putting up with me and the film. :) #downtothecorpsfilm
This lady's the best co-leader. @mugcy, thanks for putting up with me and the film. :) #downtothecorpsfilm 
Got to work with some really amazing people these past few days. Excited to move forward, cut some trees, burn some stuff, swing some tools, and sleep in the woods. #cfc #coloradofirecamp #scc #southwestconservationcorps #conservationlegacy #s190 #s130 #redcard #wildlandfirefighter #lces #1018 #sawdude #onefootintheblack
Monsoon season hits the San Juans, a daily afternoon shower rumbles off in the distance. You hear the rain before you feel it, coming down the hill like a stampede of millions of mini water buffalo. At first you keep working, the rain soaking your skin, the bottoms of your pants, the small of your back. If it keeps going maybe you put on a rain jacket. To stop moving is to get cold and wet. Keep working. Skip break. #downtothecorpsfilm
Monsoon season hits the San Juans, a daily afternoon shower rumbles off in the distance. You hear the rain before you feel it, coming down the hill like a stampede of millions of mini water buffalo. At first you keep working, the rain soaking your skin, the bottoms of your pants, the small of your back. If it keeps going maybe you put on a rain jacket. To stop moving is to get cold and wet. Keep working. Skip break. #downtothecorpsfilm 
Cuidense he said as he rode off up the trail. Adios, que te vaya bien. 
#humansofthetrail
Cuidense he said as he rode off up the trail. Adios, que te vaya bien. #humansofthetrail 
So, this post is something I’ve been meaning to write for a few months now.  In 2010 I started working on trails with Southwest Conservation Corps, and I ended up loving it so much that I’ve spent 6 summers out in the woods covered in dirt and surrounded by good people.  Over the years I’ve had people ask me what it is exactly that I do out there, and it’s hard to put everything into words.  But as a photographer I dragged a camera with me on all of my adventures.  Some of the photos I’ve shared on Facebook, others I’ve hoarded not really sure what to do with them.  I realize that I can’t really capture every part of trail life in photos either, (it turns out it’s hard to swing a pick and hold a camera at the same time) but I thought I might share a different perspective than I’ve given before.  So, here is a gallery of 60 photographs taken over 6 years working on trail crews.  To those who’ve wondered what exactly I was doing out there all of these years, I hope my photos explain a bit better than my words.  To those who were out there with me, I think about you constantly.  Y’all are family and I miss you guys.  http://www.rossophotography.com/-/galleries/trail-life #southwestconservationcorps #scc #montanaconservationcorps #mcc #conservationlegacy #americorps
So, this post is something I’ve been meaning to write for a few months now.  In 2010 I started working on trails with Southwest Conservation Corps, and I ended up loving it so much that I’ve spent 6 summers out in the woods covered in dirt and surrounded by good people.  Over the years I’ve had people ask me what it is exactly that I do out there, and it’s hard to put everything into words.  But as a photographer I dragged a camera with me on all of my adventures.  Some of the photos I’ve shared on Facebook, others I’ve hoarded not really sure what to do with them.  I realize that I can’t really capture every part of trail life in photos either, (it turns out it’s hard to swing a pick and hold a camera at the same time) but I thought I might share a different perspective than I’ve given before.  So, here is a gallery of 60 photographs taken over 6 years working on trail crews.  To those who’ve wondered what exactly I was doing out there all of these years, I hope my photos explain a bit better than my words.  To those who were out there with me, I think about you constantly.  Y’all are family and I miss you guys. http://www.rossophotography.com/-/galleries/trail-life #southwestconservationcorps  #scc  #montanaconservationcorps  #mcc  #conservationlegacy  #americorps