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Day in the life

Training, zip-line across the falls.

Some people pay for this kind of entertainment.  I was paid to do this. 


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May. 25th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for getting us started here!

Forgive my ignorance, but why exactly does a ranger at Mount Rainier get zip-line training?

And I thought I had an exciting day with a botany professor ... {|;)>
May. 25th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
Well, the problem with working on a mountain is that there are these hills, and some of them have cliffs and canyons, and some people like to go hiking off-trail and fall down them, or turn their ankle on the other side. The boring answer is that this is a way to get Rangers to people in need, or to get people in need off the mountain. The real answer is that it was the first time we all got to hang out together, and it was a heck of a lot of fun!
May. 26th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Ah ha. We don't have quite as dramatic of terrain here at Redwood, and the un-trailed backcountry proves difficult to traverse without a machete.
May. 25th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
haha Thats amazing! Which park do you work at? What kind of ranger are you (I dunno about where you're from...but here the parks have specific titles for all the rangers)?
May. 25th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
I was a backcountry and a general frontcountry ranger on Mt Rainier for a couple of years. I have an interview for a large-city park ranger position in a couple of hours... wish me luck. I somehow doubt we'll get to zipline.
May. 25th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
I work at Tamarack Resort - and was recently paid to experiance the zip lines here. It is a great time! We charge folks $80 per trip. Extra 30 for a full day with lunch.

its a riot!
May. 25th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
Wow... That's $80 for one trip, or for the whole day of zip-lining? That does sound like a lot of fun. Do they get to rescue people with broken arms and legs, too?

On this exercize, we had a volunteer "casualty" who was 6'6", 280 lbs. He didn't fit on the stretcher, and for that reason it was a pretty good training exercize. But he sure giggled a lot as we trussed him up.
May. 26th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
$80 for a trip on 6-8 lines or $110 for an all day lunch included. ITs a freaking blast! We however have a weight limit on the line - min 70- 275 max so no rescue of 280! haha. giggling large people are the best!

I would asume that we would rescue people if they had broken their arms or legs on the tour its self - but for the majority of the resuces ski/bike patrol are the key players.
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