Based in Redding, this smokerjumper crew likes to be known as the California Smokejumpers.
Mr. Taylor was a rookie smokejumper there back in 1965. If you do the math, that comes to 50 years ago. He jumped there from '65 through '71, then went up to Alaska.
The California crew jumps some of the toughest and meanest jump country in the system. In accordance with old tradition, they invite old jumpers to rookie camp each spring and to their end-of-season parties as well.
This crew tragically lost one of their best two summers ago with the death of Luke Sheehy when a limb fell out of a burning snag on a fire on the Modoc National Forest. When I say "one of their best," I mean it.
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More or Less Crazy was written by someone who trained in California in 1965 then went up to Alaska.
If you heard the lore of the T-Hangar days from the summer of 1973, then you know of the adventure this book will take you on.
Review: I can tell you that many of the incidents portrayed in this book actually happened. When the author was nearly blown into the fire whirl near Jarvis Creek, I was running myself, looking back, hoping all of us would make it out alive. Many more of the stories in this book are part of smokejumper lore, particularly Alaska Smokejumper lore, meaning they are "more or less" true.