In several previous blog posts, I have mentioned that working outdoors to protect the resource and educate visitors of this national forest is not an easy task. Many people have a preconceived - and very misguided - notion that rangers, and others in this line of work, enjoy a simple, laid-back life. The general assumption is … Continue reading This Needs To Stop
With the filing process completed, it was time to take the saw out from the workshop and into the field for some trail runs. I also wanted to compare it to my other single bucking crosscut (W. Bingham Co.). At 4 ft (blade length), this saw is a good compromise between portability and cutting efficiency. … Continue reading Reconditioning a Crosscut Saw: Ward’s Master Quality Part 2
With my lovely crosscut restored to working order, I was more than a little eager to "let her rip". Winter is a good time for saw work. For the most part, visitor use dwindles significantly due to inclement weather and lower temperatures, and passing storms often leave more than a few blow-downs across our system … Continue reading From Rusted Metal to Singing Steel; A Crosscut Saw Restoration Part 2
Ever since I started working here in the Red River Gorge Geological Area back in early March, I longed to set aside time for some backpacking in the area. I've been focused on my job for much of the year, working as much as 55 hours a week during the busy months when visitor use … Continue reading Backpacking Across The Gorge
I haven't done much axe work in awhile. Most of the trail maintenance I've done lately has been on part of a sawyer team (chainsaw work in the Geological Area) as well as bucking with my trusty Silky Bigboy. So when I heard about this month's volunteer trail outing on the 11th, I couldn't pass … Continue reading Trail Axe-tion!
Alright folks, the new site has been unveiled.....welcome to The Untrammeled Wild. I've made quite a few changes to the site layout and appearance, but more importantly I want to state that this site's primary focus will be about outdoor stewardship and conservation. As outdoorsmen/women, it is our responsibility to care for and protect these … Continue reading A New Direction
OK folks, just wanted to update you all about my plan for this site. Those of you who have been following for awhile now know that I have a lot to contribute, and I cover a wide variety of topics and genres in regards to the outdoors. I've noticed that my posts are slowly drifting … Continue reading Big Changes Coming to this Blog