|Daisy Moser at Vulcan Lake, Kalmiopsis Wilderness|
Born: Palmer, AK
Crew: June 2011, Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area
Hours on the trail: 85
Ashland, OR -- The backcountry was nothing new to Daisy Moser when she moved from Palmer, Alaska to Ashland, OR in 2009. But working in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area for a week would knock her socks off.
She'd heard about trips with the Siskiyou Mountain Club in 2010, and ended up on a week long trip in June 2011 with her friend Stefani Gissel, who had already signed up.
"It was a free backpacking trip where we got to be bad ass with no one looking," she said in an interview with SMC correspondents. "I learned a lot of team work skills, some technical skills. I'd never done that kind of work before. And I made some of my favorite memories."
Moser and her crew worked 7 nights on top a dusty ridge with views far as the Pacific Ocean. As worked progressed, every morning there was a longer commute into the work site. And every evening there was a longer commute back, through botanical areas where the Kalmiopsis leachiana was in full bloom. But Moser got more than an adventure out of the SMC.
|Looking NE from Johnson Butte spike camp|
Unfortunately, Moser won't be volunteering in the Kalmiopsis in 2012. She's working for a summer camp back home.
"It made me feel like everyday life was boring and that I could do more."
See ya in 2013, Daisy. We'll miss you on the trail.
Those interested in having a similar experience to Daisy's should visit www.siskiyoumountainclub.org, check out our 2012 trip details, and sign-up!