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(CNN)   Ever play the PC game, 'Firewatch'? Now you can rent a fire lookout tower for $40 a night. Sexy radio voice not included   (cnn.com) divider line
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2020-09-04 7:28:15 PM  
great game
 
2020-09-04 7:34:02 PM  

levitcleos: great game


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...concurs, and would REEEALLLY enjoy a friendly game of doubles.
 
2020-09-04 7:38:09 PM  
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2020-09-04 7:40:53 PM  
that looks fun. not
 
2020-09-04 7:42:50 PM  
One of my favorites out of steam. Great game.
 
2020-09-04 7:43:03 PM  

PainInTheASP: levitcleos: great game

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...concurs, and would REEEALLLY enjoy a friendly game of doubles.


Damn, damn, damn!  I came here planning to make a remark about Ranger Gord, but you have stolen my thunder.

DUCK TAPE FOREVER!
 
2020-09-04 8:14:18 PM  
If I get time this year I am putting a fire watch tower up. It will be out of old good scaffolding that I want out of my garage and have a good location on top of a hill to put it. I will give me a good 50 miles of 360 degree viewing area on clear days.
 
2020-09-04 8:14:37 PM  

some_beer_drinker: that looks fun. not


I'd say the bed full of mouse turds really makes the experience.
 
2020-09-04 8:58:08 PM  
Now?

Been available for years.
 
2020-09-04 9:00:08 PM  
Ya know that's on multiple platforms.
 
2020-09-04 9:01:40 PM  
We used to have lots of fire towers around here but they've been replaced with three helicopters circling the province regularly.

I know one of the pods is a tree house near where I grew up.
 
2020-09-04 9:03:42 PM  
Up on Mt. Hozomeen,
"The silence is so intense that you can hear your own blood roar in your ears but louder than that by far is the mysterious roar which I alwas identify with the roaring of the diamond wisdom, the mysterious roar of silence itself, which is a great Shhhh reminding you of something you've seemed to have forgotten in the stress of your days since birth." -jack kerouac

Great book featuring a a fire watch tower.
 
2020-09-04 9:03:44 PM  
Seneca in wv also has a firetower you can rent. It is booked way in advance however. Cabins are much easier to get and still pretty nice.
 
2020-09-04 9:05:39 PM  
They're booked often as soon as they become available here.
 
2020-09-04 9:14:45 PM  
Sexy radio voice, you say?


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2020-09-04 9:15:53 PM  
I found out about this last month, so I've been checking for tower availability in Montana, Oregon, and Colorado. Definitely something I want to experience.
 
2020-09-04 9:16:15 PM  
Remember its only 125 stair steps to the restroom.

Well unless you, never mind.
 
2020-09-04 9:17:00 PM  
HENLO WATCHTOWER IS THIS DOGGO?

YES DIS IS

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2020-09-04 9:23:10 PM  

zeaper12: Remember its only 125 stair steps to the restroom.

Well unless you, never mind.


It's called a poop deck for a reason.
 
2020-09-04 9:26:25 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: some_beer_drinker: that looks fun. not

I'd say the bed full of mouse turds really makes the experience.


Do you have to pay extra for that? Asking for a friend...
 
2020-09-04 9:39:20 PM  
Every year, for the last 60+ years, my dad has rented a cabin about 25 yards from an old Forest Service fire watch tower near Elk City, ID. The cabin was for the spotters to eat and rest between shifts, and for hunters to use during hunting season.

The tower itself is about 150 feet tall (USFS closed it about 25 years ago, but they still let people go up in it), and the cab at the top not much bigger than a closet, but the views are amazing.
 
2020-09-04 9:46:47 PM  
 
2020-09-04 9:48:44 PM  
Used to be, the USFS would PAY YOU to stay in them all summer. It was a good gig for college kids, teachers, or retirees. You'd basically be a step above regular camping, get to see beautiful scenery all summer long, and get paid to be out in nature. 

IIRC Patrick McManus wrote about it (in his pre-humor column days) and included the piece in one of his last compendiums.
 
2020-09-04 10:12:42 PM  

tallen702: Used to be, the USFS would PAY YOU to stay in them all summer. It was a good gig for college kids, teachers, or retirees. You'd basically be a step above regular camping, get to see beautiful scenery all summer long, and get paid to be out in nature. 

IIRC Patrick McManus wrote about it (in his pre-humor column days) and included the piece in one of his last compendiums.


Patrick McManus...now there is someone who's work I have not read in a long time. I really need to update my Kindle.
 
2020-09-04 10:13:23 PM  

RatBomb: Sexy radio voice, you say?


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I want the radio voice to be Lynne Thigpen from The Warriors.

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All right now, for all you boppers out there in the big city, all you street people with an ear for the action, I've been asked to relay a request from the Gramercy Riffs. It's a special for the Warriors; that's that real live bunch from Coney... and I do mean The Warriors. Here's a hit with them in mind.
 
2020-09-04 10:14:23 PM  
Andrew Skurka had a story in his book about hiking the Triple Crown trails which involved an abandoned fire tower.  One evening he was hiking the Continental Divide trail and he spotted a fire tower in the distance.  Great, he thought, I can stay there overnight.  It got dark as he climbed the stairs, and when he got to the top and put his pack down he heard scratching noises.  He turned on his flashlight.

Rats.  Many, many rats.  Already chewing on his pack trying to get at his food.

He ended up having to hike another mile in pitch-dark conditions to set camp away from the rats.
 
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2020-09-04 10:19:16 PM  
We used to visit one in eastern Arizona when we were out enjoying the mountains.  The employee was generally glad to have visitors.
 
2020-09-04 10:22:35 PM  
It was a great game.

Side note, if i could find a job in indiana doing just that, staying in a tower in the woods watching for fires, i would.
 
2020-09-04 10:24:01 PM  
Made me think of this fake FireWatch trailer:
Firewatch: Now Playing in Twisty's Treehouse
Youtube 7hVcOPAxi4Y

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btw, is this game 'Forever Ago' (trailer below) made by the 'Firewatch' team?
trailer: https://youtu.be/1fwymo5q8eU​
/ prob should ask that Q in the geek thread...
 
2020-09-04 10:29:22 PM  

tallen702: Used to be, the USFS would PAY YOU to stay in them all summer. It was a good gig for college kids, teachers, or retirees. You'd basically be a step above regular camping, get to see beautiful scenery all summer long, and get paid to be out in nature. 

IIRC Patrick McManus wrote about it (in his pre-humor column days) and included the piece in one of his last compendiums.


I know a couple of people that got out of service and did a summer as a USFS fire watcher and it was a great thing for them.
 
2020-09-04 10:37:45 PM  

PainInTheASP: tallen702: Used to be, the USFS would PAY YOU to stay in them all summer. It was a good gig for college kids, teachers, or retirees. You'd basically be a step above regular camping, get to see beautiful scenery all summer long, and get paid to be out in nature. 

IIRC Patrick McManus wrote about it (in his pre-humor column days) and included the piece in one of his last compendiums.

Patrick McManus...now there is someone who's work I have not read in a long time. I really need to update my Kindle.


Towards the end of his writing life, he put together a couple of good anthologies that dealt more with his real life than the pseudo-biographical ones from his Outdoor Life and F&S days. The Horse in My Garage, Kerplunk: Stories, and The Bear In The Attic were his last three books which really delved much deeper into his reality. 

He hung around until 2018 before finally heading off to the great hunt in the sky.
 
2020-09-04 10:41:50 PM  
I'm down, subby.

I remember about a decade ago hanging out with the fire brigades up in Minnesota -- I was in my 30's at the time, and most of the kids were in their 20's -- they were walking along with their jangly-banglies & whatnot, and from their banter it was clear I was too old to get involved, but it seemed idyllic to be a firejumper, and I latched onto the idea of just hanging out in the tower; hammocking in that blissful rarefied air while radioing down where it needs-to-be.

Now in my 40's, I'm deep into Stoicism/Buddhism, and for the first time in my life I'm just hanging out -- up above it all in this strange meta way, and I don't even need to go there, but I still think fondly of those kids walking around with heavy tools from their belts; ready to do the work -- ready to make the world right again.

I'm reminded of my own youth in the military, and the solidarity you feel when you're a part of something, and it feels good.

So I'm torn: Do I just hang out up here in my mental bubble? Or do I get down there back into the dirt to help make the world right again?

The answer is this: Our brothers & sisters need each other -- we're all a part of this together. We need our firewatchers, but sometimes even the sentinels need to get down into the flames.
 
2020-09-04 10:47:43 PM  

Quick and Dirty: I'm down, subby.

I remember about a decade ago hanging out with the fire brigades up in Minnesota -- I was in my 30's at the time, and most of the kids were in their 20's -- they were walking along with their jangly-banglies & whatnot, and from their banter it was clear I was too old to get involved, but it seemed idyllic to be a firejumper, and I latched onto the idea of just hanging out in the tower; hammocking in that blissful rarefied air while radioing down where it needs-to-be.

Now in my 40's, I'm deep into Stoicism/Buddhism, and for the first time in my life I'm just hanging out -- up above it all in this strange meta way, and I don't even need to go there, but I still think fondly of those kids walking around with heavy tools from their belts; ready to do the work -- ready to make the world right again.

I'm reminded of my own youth in the military, and the solidarity you feel when you're a part of something, and it feels good.

So I'm torn: Do I just hang out up here in my mental bubble? Or do I get down there back into the dirt to help make the world right again?

The answer is this: Our brothers & sisters need each other -- we're all a part of this together. We need our firewatchers, but sometimes even the sentinels need to get down into the flames.


Were you a fire jumper? I looked at that for several years. I really enjoy jumping out of a perfectly good airplane and getting paid to do it again had appeal. Not enough to do it, have a jump masters license so can get a jump for no net cost without running around with a shovel and an ax.
 
2020-09-04 10:59:03 PM  

some_beer_drinker: that looks fun. not


Why not? You ever sleep in a tree house as a kid? I had one in my back yard as a kid. Only problem I see with it is after you get drunk and make a bonfire.
 
2020-09-04 11:22:07 PM  

eurotrader: Were you a fire jumper? I looked at that for several years. I really enjoy jumping out of a perfectly good airplane and getting paid to do it again had appeal. Not enough to do it, have a jump masters license so can get a jump for no net cost without running around with a shovel and an ax.


Absolutely not! I just really wanted to be one, and my mind floated to being one. That little story was just a snapshot of my time criss-crossing this country on a motorcycle meeting really cool people & having beers with them, and then I projected it all onto the screen-of-things I've always wanted to be.

I've had interactions with the "jump crowd". Outside of doing something useful with it, they always struck me as something more akin to Point Break surfers: Interesting, but ultimately meaningless (also the story of my life).

This is not a dig at what you do, it's just my observation from my tiny little existence, and I'd love to hear your story.

I love stories!
 
2020-09-04 11:31:55 PM  
A freshly caught Northern Pike supper in a fire tower.
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2020-09-04 11:40:59 PM  

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I love how you've got the meal on a paper plate next to the binoculars, with a bunsen burner over there to the right, on top of a chipped dresser-of-drawers -- it's all very rugged!

Wait, are we supposed to be looking at the view!? Nice shot!
 
2020-09-05 12:07:21 AM  

Quick and Dirty: eurotrader: Were you a fire jumper? I looked at that for several years. I really enjoy jumping out of a perfectly good airplane and getting paid to do it again had appeal. Not enough to do it, have a jump masters license so can get a jump for no net cost without running around with a shovel and an ax.

Absolutely not! I just really wanted to be one, and my mind floated to being one. That little story was just a snapshot of my time criss-crossing this country on a motorcycle meeting really cool people & having beers with them, and then I projected it all onto the screen-of-things I've always wanted to be.

I've had interactions with the "jump crowd". Outside of doing something useful with it, they always struck me as something more akin to Point Break surfers: Interesting, but ultimately meaningless (also the story of my life).

This is not a dig at what you do, it's just my observation from my tiny little existence, and I'd love to hear your story.

I love stories!


For some jumping offers a vision of clarity. I live in the mountains and can not see a neighbor so most of my clarity comes from coffee on the deck in the morning.  Still remember my first Mae West so just the term date something about how long it has been
 
2020-09-05 12:11:22 AM  
Do I play that game before or after my hunting simulators?
 
2020-09-05 2:50:29 AM  

whosits_112: I found out about this last month, so I've been checking for tower availability in Montana, Oregon, and Colorado. Definitely something I want to experience.


Make sure to ask why they come equipped with a footstool set on insulators:

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2020-09-05 4:41:13 AM  
Jack Kerouac relates a summer stay at Desolation Peak in The Dharma Bums.

More about that place here: https://www.nps.gov/noca/planyo​urvisit​/desolation-peak-trail.htm
 
2020-09-05 4:47:15 AM  

what the cat dragged in: Jack Kerouac relates a summer stay at Desolation Peak in The Dharma Bums.

More about that place here: https://www.nps.gov/noca/planyou​rvisit/desolation-peak-trail.htm


That's what I get for not reading the article ...
 
2020-09-05 7:13:13 AM  
Moscow, Maine back in '02:

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I've been told it has been torn down.
 
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2020-09-05 11:52:21 AM  

LaChanz: Moscow, Maine back in '02:

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I've been told it has been torn down.


Probably a good thing.

The one we visited in AZ 35 years ago was galvanized and had actual stairs, not a rickety ladder, to reach the top, plus it had a fully-surrounding railed deck at the perimeter.
 
2020-09-05 1:58:47 PM  

TWX: LaChanz: Moscow, Maine back in '02:

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I've been told it has been torn down.

Probably a good thing.

The one we visited in AZ 35 years ago was galvanized and had actual stairs, not a rickety ladder, to reach the top, plus it had a fully-surrounding railed deck at the perimeter.


Yeah, it was a scary climb up there but worth it for the view. I was a little leery about climbing up it because one of the guide wires was broken and dangling. Luckily, it wasn't windy. This one had been abandoned for at least 20 years.
 
2020-09-05 8:10:07 PM  

nanim: btw, is this game 'Forever Ago' (trailer below) made by the 'Firewatch' team?


It doesn't look like it. Firewatch is Campo Santo, their forthcoming game is Valley of the Gods.

That said, Forever ago looks fascinating - added to Steam wishlist, thanks for the tip.
 
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