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At the beginning of each fire season, as jumpers come drifting in from their winter lives as surfers, fisherman, international travelers, slum lords, hog splitters (seriously, one of my buddies works at a meat packing plant, sawing pigs in half), and mostly ski bums, they have to be “refreshed”.  Refresher training consists of  two weeks of remembering how to do our job.  One week is dedicated to reviewing parachuting, and the other to reviewing firefighting.  With refresher training comes a mix of emotions.  Scanning the crowd on that first morning meeting of the week and you will see faces that express sadness that winter vacation is over, joy that friends are united again, excitement that a new fire season is about to begin,  and frustration knowing the next two weeks will be filled with critique and scrutiny of your parachuting performance.  Overall it’s just about knocking the dust off and getting your head back into the game.

Here are some photos from our parachuting refresher:

Red, White, and Blue chutes and Orange chute are DC-7’s made by Airborne Systems: http://www.airborne-sys.com/

Blue and Yellow chutes are CR-360’s made by Performance Design: http://www.performancedesigns.com/

Two DC-7 parachutes

The Legend coming in

CR-360 parachutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good landing

Ladies, his name is Evan Adsit

The Twin Otter kicking cargo

Cargo coming down on a "bucket" chute

Traditional cargo chute

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The Blog is Back

For those who have been faithfully following my blog (haha, inside joke- I know from the stats that nobody is following), I want to apologize for the year long- wait, two year long, sabbatical I’ve taken from writing.  It’s hard to say why I stopped… The best I can do to try to explain is that enough time had went by that I had a lot to catch up on and was feeling a little overwhelmed by the task of updating.  As time went on the project of “catching up” kept building and building.  Soon I convinced myself that it was such a daunting task that I would just neglect the whole dang thing.  Anyway, I’ve recently made some new goals in my life and have decided to put more effort into the things that I am passionate about- and writing is one of those things.  I didn’t even know where to start since I’m so out of date so I decided to pick up at the beginning of the 2011 fire season.  I may fill in 2010 at some point later but I’m having computer issues and don’t have access to most of my photos from last year anyway.  So, here we go.

 

 

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