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!
"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. ❤️
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.
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
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! .
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
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
In the capital-w Wilderness, you can't use any mechanized form of tool or transportation. So chainsaws? Out of the question. // Instead this two person saw called the crosscut sings through each log, kind of like a high pitched gong and at this melody's base a rythym of each pull, stongly shhh-shhing the air around it. Entranced, I've become teeth of the saw, the opening in the wood, the fine grains of sawdust; my fellow sawyer and I in a meditative pas-de-deux. 2 inches I call. 2 inches they answer. And then the log falls, the trance broken. #downtothecorpsfilm
In 1964 Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act designating millions of acres as Wilderness (with a capital w). So what does designated Wilderness mean anyway? The Act's definition is as such: "an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain". At first glance, as I did, you might swoon at the idea of wilderness. Untrammled. Perfect. Virgin land. Untouched by any humans. This romanticization however ignores the cultures and civilizations that came before and most likely were forcibly removed from the land. Like all things its not so simple as it first looks. Look it up and hopefully in the future we can create a better public lands system and Wilderness designation that is truly for all Americans. (On a positive note While check out #bearsearsnationalmonument and other native public lands)
To anyone who ever doubted the real life application of your high school physics class, here's a pulley in action. With six people we dragged this very dead, very hung up tree 30 ft in order to pull it out of the other tree it was stuck in. Physics for the win! // A big thank you to @fruity.kebbles for remembering how to set up a simple pulley and Mr. Jensen for teaching AP Physics.
I've been off in the Pecos Wilderness getting eaten alive by gnats, drinking lots of powdered lemonade on the porch of a Forest Service cabin, and logging out 147 trees. Sometimes I forget this is my job. #downtothecorpsfilm
My new trail crew and I speak exclusively in bad Aussie accents, jam late into the night (as in 9 pm), and meticulously pound out beautiful tread. It's going to be a good season. #downtothecorpsfilm#accidentalrenaissance
@Regrann from @adventuresforhopi - Ancestral Lands offices from Hopi, Acoma, and the La Plazita Institute representing Hopi, Zuni, Dine, Lakota, and Seminole at summer season Trails Training! Young Indigenous people working on establishing some new trail and rock structures in the Manzanita Mountains! #ancestrallands#southwestconservationcorps - #regrann
This week we teamed up with Ancestral Lands Navajo and Hopi Native Conservation Corps and Sarah Herve with Petrified Forest NP to facilitate a river clean up at clear creek AZ! The team did great and we are looking forward to future activities with the Ancestral Lands program! The crew is currently on Hitch and in orientation/training at the Petrified Forest National Park! The season is looking great for crew #602#southwestconservationcorps#ancestrallands
The first time I joined the Corps I had no idea what I was in for. I'd recently graduated, had just hiked the JMT and unlike most of my peers was shirking responsibility for as long as possible. In the midst of apathetically looking for a real job I found a listing for a trail crew member, camping 9 days out of a time, lifting heavy things, and working in extremely challenging environments. Perfect. //
Within a week I was down in Durango, homeless, living on my friend's couches, out of storage units and in a tent on hitch. That season I used a chainsaw for the first time, built a staircase that will last for years to come, and started to apologize less for the space that I inhabited and the opinions that I held. //
For me the story of the Corps is not just about the work, it's about the people. Through the years it has positively affected people's lives, helping them develop into better and maybe weirder human beings... even if only a little bit. // I'm honored to even attempt to tell this story. I hope that I can convey the awkwardness and the magic that comes with a crew of strangers living and working together for nine days at a time for months on end. If you haven't yet, please take a moment to check out the link in my bio for more about the film... spread the word, anything helps!
Missing my trail crew days Summer 2011 in Southwest Colorado 💙 I was content with living in a tent 10,000ft up, swinging a pick-mattock all day into the Weminuche Wilderness soil and granite. #SCCcrew411#trailcrew#SouthwestConservationCorps
Almost a year ago my life had so much meaning. After losing what I thought was my everything last spring, I went on to work for the amazing @southwestconservationcorps where I helped people who had quite literally lost everything. It was an eye opener; I became small again; I saw the world through different eyes. The work was challenging. From trail building to running downhill from lightening, to traveling to the southernmost part of Texas, to tearing apart homes that were demolished in extreme flooding, to working with families to help overcome their grief. It was an emotional ride, but never once did I want to give up. Protecting the earth and my people who dwell on it is my passion. I've lost myself these past few months. But I am happy to say that for another five months I will be working for @northwest_youth_corps protecting the environment and creating yet another dirty trail family. The earth is our home, it has my heart. It's what I'm passionate about. I am grateful for every opportunity I've had in this life, and I am so grateful that my life is starting to go where I've always wanted it. I will always travel, i will always work outside, I will always be passionate. No one can take that away from me, not even myself. 🌲⛰🌱 Thank you to everyone who has helped me in my life. Don't ever forget that I love you.
When you live tent adjacent to someone for three months, you automatically become lifetime friends. 🏕🌙⛰ These guys have seen me at my worst and they still talk to me. That deserves an award. So happy to catch up with them, although I rather it be in person...let's arrange that soon. I'll bring some tools to spark some memories. 👊🏽 #stayhard#southwestconservationcorps#scc
Last week, we celebrated our first year of running programs in Zuni Pueblo. Here are a few of our members who were honored for all of their hard work, laughter, learning, and service to America. @ryan.aguilar203 has worked tirelessly to ensure the program's success and grow our presence in Zuni in a good way. Congratulations Ryan and everyone else who helped make this program a success we couldn't have done it without Calvin Chimoni, Councilman Carleton Bowekaty, the entire Zuni Tribal Council, @alowden87 , @dtuh_go_ja , @la_ceiba_dalkai and the rest of the #ancestrallands staff. #americorpsworks#americorps#nativestrong#pueblostrong#indigenousconservationists#southwestconservationcorps#conservationcorps