McCall was one of the first jump bases after Missoula, starting in 1943. Located in beautiful McCall, Idaho, this base has great heart and some of the most rugged, remote, and glorious back country right up through the backbone of the state, including the Gospel Hump and River of No Return Wildernesses.
When you purchase a book using this link, part of the proceeds (20%) go to support the base welfare fund. The fund helps families of injured or deceased smokejumpers during times of need.
A fire jump (the Avalanche fire) in More or Less Crazy takes place in Kootenai National Forest.
More or Less Crazy even though called a "novel", it is more truth than it is fiction and it's a book that is hard to put down.
As a veteran smokejumper himself, Murray does a great job holding the reader while providing a colorful background to the various scenarios in Alaska, as well as the lower 48.
1973 was a tough fire season, and what some consider the beginning of the end of the hard partying life of the wildland firefighter.
Murray shows the smokejumper of that era, hard working - past exhaustion, but equally hard partying when the fire stopped.
As with any great book, you may be reminded of some of your own similar stories. More or Less Crazy is a must read, especially for wildland firefighters, and a great story to inaugurate the 75th anniversary of the first job by a smokejumper.