HATCH Outdoors has a killer new website and features one of my images - taken on the Grande Ronde river in Washington state. 

Young Men and Fire

"If you have lived a life that has thrown you in contact many times with nature, you have already discovered that sometimes you can deal with nature only by allowing it to push back what until now you and others thought were its edges." 

Revered American author Norman Maclean delivers a harrowing look into what occurred on the fateful evening of August 5th, 1949.   The United States Forest Service lost 13 firefighters, 12 of which were members of the elite and newly created USFS Smokejumpers.  A worthy read about the west, the young and a devastating natural drama at the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness - Montana. 

Young Men and Fire

Buckskin Bill

A great tale from the 60's.  Sylvan Hart (Buckskin Bill) homesteaded Five Mile Bar on the Salmon river.  My uncle Terry Ring met Buckskin Bill a few times during high school in Boise.  Bill was good friends with his art teacher and would visit the class each year.

The author also mentions the famous Polly Bemis, the Chinese "poker bride" who lived 10 miles downstream and across from Shepp Ranch.  I visited Shepp Ranch once when I was 16, haven't been back since.  Charlie Shepp and Pete Klinkhammer owned the ranch for years while they mined for gold around the turn of the 20th century. Pete Klinkhammer's sister Mary McDonald was my great, great grandmother.