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MDH33
06-17-2009, 09:35 AM
Just returned from 2 weeks of on the job training. Here's a pic of my new office. ;)

I head out again Thursday. Hope you're all having a great summer. :thumb: :beer:

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/565607743_FyGCz-XL.jpg

MountainGoat
06-17-2009, 10:15 AM
Wow! You even have air conditioning. :cool:

jacdaw
06-17-2009, 10:17 AM
What a great gig Martin!

corsair23
06-17-2009, 12:04 PM
:drool:

bh4rnnr
06-17-2009, 12:38 PM
Awesome Martin!!

Hulk
06-17-2009, 01:02 PM
I'm going to shoot a picture of my cubicle and post it up here. It is almost as nice. :rolleyes:

Looks awesome, Martin!

Red_Chili
06-17-2009, 01:03 PM
Well, at least my desktop is much improved... :(

farnhamstj
06-17-2009, 07:51 PM
cool.

Corbet
06-17-2009, 07:52 PM
Looks great. Hope to see you sometime this summer.

ElliottB
06-17-2009, 07:54 PM
Where do you plug in the fax machine?

RicardoJM
06-17-2009, 08:20 PM
Wow Martin, looks great. You've got a great gig going this summer!!!

Inukshuk
06-17-2009, 09:49 PM
That does NOT suck.

Uncle Ben
06-17-2009, 10:42 PM
:drool: :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::zilla: Good on ya mate!

Rezarf
06-17-2009, 10:45 PM
Martin, I must have missed it, what is paying your bills these days?

Jacket
06-17-2009, 11:32 PM
I'm heading out that way tomorrow as well (285 to US 50). Maybe we'll cross paths on the road?

MDH33
06-18-2009, 10:36 AM
Thanks for the words of encouragement everyone. :) It's been fun, hard work so far. Camping every night and I hiked 22 miles of trail my first weekend.


Martin, I must have missed it, what is paying your bills these days?

I'm volunteering with the Forest Service as a Backcountry Wilderness Ranger and I'll be doing foot patrol of the Mount Sneffels and Uncompahgre Wilderness areas from June through September. So, Kim's paying the bills these days. :o ;) :bowdown::Princess: I'm hoping that with the experience and training I'm getting, I'll have a chance at a paid position next year. Plus I get to spend the summer hiking the San Juans.

I'm heading out that way tomorrow as well (285 to US 50). Maybe we'll cross paths on the road?

I'm heading out at noon, so maybe I'll see you along the way. I only have a CB in my 60 right now. Where are you headed?

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/551364765_S2fWK-XL.jpg

wesintl
06-18-2009, 10:37 AM
uhh... :drool:

subzali
06-18-2009, 11:22 AM
seriously... :drool: :drool:

corsair23
06-18-2009, 05:50 PM
Nice pic Martin :thumb:

Is that around the Owl Creek Pass area? Awesome drive for scenery :)

MDH33
06-24-2009, 09:16 AM
Nice pic Martin :thumb:

Is that around the Owl Creek Pass area? Awesome drive for scenery :)

The second pic IS near Owl Creek Pass, on the North side of the Uncompahgre Wilderness area where I'll be spending a lot of my time this summer. The first pic I posted is looking at the Sneffels range from the Uncompahgre.

MDH33
06-24-2009, 09:23 AM
Here's a few more pics from last weekend:

I was camped out near Precipice Peak all week.

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/572759593_cyzBk-L.jpg

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/572760360_UWGvx-L.jpg

These trails haven't been maintained in years, so I have been clearing a lot of blow-down along the trails and waiting for more snow to melt out of the high-country.

I'm now a certified Cross-cut Sawyer. :hill:

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/572769921_yrWKE-L.jpg

Hulk
06-24-2009, 10:46 AM
Cool saw. Do you need 2 men to work that?

MDH33
06-24-2009, 10:49 AM
Yeah, that's a vintage two-man crosscut saw. It can be used solo by removing one of the handles.

subzali
06-24-2009, 11:03 AM
very :cool: Martin

jacdaw
06-24-2009, 11:05 AM
You are living my dream job from when I was a much younger man. Now I just dream of being a much younger man.;) I'm loving the photos. Keep 'em coming as you get time.

MDH33
07-01-2009, 10:21 AM
Another day of rotten weather. :) This is a view of Chimney Rock from Courthouse Mountain.

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/579198140_FGELx-XL.jpg

Jacket
07-01-2009, 10:39 AM
Your pictures are blocked by my firewall, but I'm sure they are nothing short of spectacular. :jealous:

DaveInDenver
07-01-2009, 10:43 AM
Uber jealous! We might actually get the 'Nest deployed this weekend, finally.

Uncle Ben
07-01-2009, 11:04 AM
Your killing me man..... I can't even get to the hills and it hurts... :bawl: Now doesn't everyone feel sorry for me?:rolleyes: Enjoy it Martin! I'm sure the work is very hard and trying but ohhhh the first cup of coffee in the morning has got to be spectacular! :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::cool:

jacdaw
07-01-2009, 01:23 PM
Wow, that view does not suck.Another day of rotten weather. :) This is a view of Chimney Rock from Courthouse Mountain.

Hulk
07-01-2009, 01:30 PM
Another day of rotten weather. :) This is a view of Chimney Rock from Courthouse Mountain.

Looks awesome as my desktop on my computer. That is a stellar view. You are living the dream!

MDH33
07-07-2009, 12:03 PM
I hiked and backpacked 32 miles this weekend. A lot of that was carrying a 50 lb pack, a hand saw, a radio and a 2 man bucking saw.

Very tired, but I had a lot of fun and camped/worked in an amazing valley all weekend. :)

Matterhorn and Wetterhorn Peaks from the East Fork Cimarron Valley.

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/584633035_pxuJG-XL.jpg

Uncompahgre Peak and the East Fork.

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/584627406_DX5vh-XL.jpg

My beer gut is officially gone. I have to get some more calories in me before next week. :beer: :beer: :hill:

nakman
07-07-2009, 12:11 PM
Great stuff, Martin! You'll never be the same after this, can't wait for the Ouray trip when I'll be able to meet up with one of the locals!

bh4rnnr
07-07-2009, 12:31 PM
Awesome Martin! Keep the pics coming:cheers:

jacdaw
07-08-2009, 04:47 PM
Loving the updates Martin. The dog and I are getting into the wild this weekend. Thanks for the lick in the pants.

Jacket
07-08-2009, 04:58 PM
Thanks for the lick in the pants.

:eek::bolt:

nakman
07-08-2009, 05:08 PM
:lmao: :lmao:

jacdaw
07-08-2009, 05:20 PM
Clearly, that was a phatphinger maneuver and I'm not gonna edit it.:lmao::lmao::lmao:

MDH33
07-08-2009, 10:21 PM
:lmao:

Hows this for a Kick in the pants: Get out there and use your Toyotas:


http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/572762836_Mso2B-XL.jpg

:beer::thumb::D

Convert
07-08-2009, 10:40 PM
Good stuff Martin :thumb::thumb: Wish I was there

jacdaw
07-08-2009, 10:59 PM
heh heh heh, yup, that did it...:lmao:

Hows this for a Kick in the pants: Get out there and use your Toyotas:

:beer::thumb::D

kvanoort
07-08-2009, 11:12 PM
I just called my family into the room so they could see the wonderful pictures you have posted. Simply amazing -- what a great adventure. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

MDH33
07-09-2009, 12:03 AM
Glad you're all enjoying the pics. It's a privilege to serve as a volunteer.

Some more of what I have seen:

Cooking dinner looking back along the trail I traveled

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/584626638_6p9tY-XL.jpg

My kitchen

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/584629775_HiSfY-XL.jpg

An Elk Vertebrae in the wash

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/584628735_boEw3-XL.jpg

:beer:

Hulk
07-09-2009, 12:20 AM
Dude, I love your pictures. What camera are you shooting with?

MDH33
07-09-2009, 12:46 AM
Dude, I love your pictures. What camera are you shooting with?

Thanks! :) I have shot over 11,000 pics with this old Canon G3 and have only had to reinforce it with one extra LiIon Battery the entire time I've had it. :thumb: I hope for a few thousand more pics before it dies. :hill:

MDH33
07-14-2009, 10:59 PM
Couple pics from my last outing.

One of the Blue Lakes below Mt. Sneffels. Camped/patrolled here all weekend:

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/591432395_hNY8g-XL.jpg

Upper Blue Lake:

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/591444426_NDLHk-XL.jpg

Heading up to Blue Lakes Pass:

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/591441574_7EkPr-XL.jpg

Attempted a SW route up Sneffels but turned back close to the summit due to weather getting sketchy... Maybe next weekend. ;)

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/591449146_m4EsD-XL.jpg

jacdaw
07-14-2009, 11:07 PM
the color of the water is amazing. Mineral-rich I assume?

corsair23
07-15-2009, 01:03 AM
:drool:

Is that people camping down by the lake in the first pic? Just above the outlet there are red/orange and blue "specks" and what looks like a trail along the tree line and leading into the trees by the specks...

MDH33
07-15-2009, 08:33 AM
the color of the water is amazing. Mineral-rich I assume?

Exactly. It's even more blue when seeing it in person, hard to capture.

:drool:

Is that people camping down by the lake in the first pic? Just above the outlet there are red/orange and blue "specks" and what looks like a trail along the tree line and leading into the trees by the specks...

Yes, there are campsites down near the lower Blue Lake. We are enforcing a campfire ban there now because it gets too much use unfortunately. I spent a day tearing out 15 illegal fire rings and dispersing ash in an attempt to make the area look less impacted and persuade others to not build more fires.

MDH33
07-21-2009, 01:57 PM
Was in Wetterhorn Basin patrolling this weekend. Immense, beautiful, open space.

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/597621331_z5b2P-XL.jpg

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/597611093_Ly4BN-XL.jpg

:beer:

MDH33
09-09-2009, 11:15 AM
So, I finished my season as a Wilderness ranger over Labor Day weekend.

While the club was enjoying the trails around Ouray I was pulling my last patrol. A couple of friends met me on the trail and hiked with me for a couple of days. It was a great summer and I ended up camping out no less than 60 nights. :)

Some pics my friends took:

http://sharkbait75.smugmug.com/photos/642767978_CMNmU-M.jpg

http://sharkbait75.smugmug.com/photos/642728270_8bUth-M.jpg

http://sharkbait75.smugmug.com/photos/642728414_dSwX2-M.jpg

http://sharkbait75.smugmug.com/photos/642800204_Kfx7c-M.jpg

My 60 pulled through for me, and I put about 6 thousand miles on it. The only trouble I had with it all summer (other than it being tired and slow) was a bad EGR and a shock bushing that disintegrated. Not bad for a 25 year old rig with 211,000 miles. :hill:

http://sharkbait75.smugmug.com/photos/642661161_R82xU-M.jpg

corsair23
09-09-2009, 12:09 PM
Martin,

Kudos to you for doing that and I bet it was a great experience...I'm sure I'm not the only one that wishes to one day be able to do something similar...Maybe not for 60 nights though :hill:

Hulk
09-09-2009, 12:56 PM
I would have loved such a job BK (before kids). It will be a summer you'll never forget!

Year 2059:

Martin: Did I ever tell you about the summer I spent as a Wilderness Ranger...?

Grandkids: Grandpa! You've told us this story a hundred times!

Martin: In fact, I slept outdoors more than 60 nights that summer. It all started when...

Grandkids: (sigh) Here he goes again.

pmccumber
09-09-2009, 01:37 PM
That's gorgeous! Where is that?

MDH33
09-09-2009, 02:07 PM
That's gorgeous! Where is that?

I was patrolling the Mount Sneffels and Uncompahgre Wilderness areas.

nakman
09-09-2009, 02:19 PM
Awesome stuff, Martin, and it's been fun to live a little of this through you. Hopefully the real world doesn't have to sink in too quickly now..

pmccumber
09-09-2009, 06:13 PM
Martin, I haven't met you but you're my new hero. This is really cool stuff. Good for you! -- Paul

jacdaw
09-09-2009, 10:59 PM
I'm kinda sad to hear it's over Martin, as I thoroughly enjoyed being a voyeur of your adventures this summer. I look forward to hearing some stories around the fire on the Outlaws run..
.:drink::campfire: :drink:

Shark Bait
09-09-2009, 11:06 PM
That went by fast. :(

MDH33
09-10-2009, 08:21 AM
That went by fast. :(

No Kidding! :eek: Where did the summer go? I could have worked a couple more weeks into the hunting season, but with our first baby on the way this winter, I have a ton of projects to get done around the house. :)

I'm already looking forward to next season. :thumb:

CBone
09-10-2009, 10:46 AM
welcome back, so to speak martin. the pics have kept us all marveling and envious of your "office view."

If i read your last note correctly, than congrats is definitely in order!

Uncle Ben
09-10-2009, 10:53 AM
welcome back, so to speak martin. the pics have kept us all marveling and envious of your "office view."

If i read your last note correctly, than congrats is definitely in order!

:eek: He did mention the "B" word didn't he........ :woot::woot::party::bowdown::Princess: Wait......do we know who the father is? :eek: Congrats to the Heber's!!!!

ElliottB
09-10-2009, 10:58 AM
My office doesn't even have windows. :rant:

Jacket
09-10-2009, 12:17 PM
If i read your last note correctly, than congrats is definitely in order!

x2. That little bundle of news was kinda just slipped in there, eh? Great news if it's true! :cheers:

MDH33
09-10-2009, 12:24 PM
Yes, it's true. Kim and I are expecting the little creature sometime in February. :)

corsair23
09-10-2009, 01:40 PM
Yes, it's true. Kim and I are expecting the little creature sometime in February. :)

Awesome!!

Congrats you guys :cheers: