BPNW Member: Russ Hanbey

WoT COVER.inddWalking on Trees: Views from the Back Country is a collective of stories, essays and previously published articles that detail Russell Hanbey’s working journey through the wild lands of the North Cascades of Washington and beyond to Denali and Ireland.  The sixteen entries sketch out a seasonal life spent with the Forest Service and the Student Conservation Association practicing a variety of jobs in remote locations, including fire lookout, smoke chaser, wilderness ranger and more.

Settings for the stories range from Mount Rainier to Mount Baker with stop overs at Mount Pilchuck, Glacier Peak, White Horse Mountain, Green Mountain, Black Mountain and Kennedy Hot Springs in between.

From: Tony Angell, Author (Gifts of the Crow, In the Company of Crows and Ravens) and Sculptor

“Like reading from John Muir’s hand, I put down Walking on Trees and started thinking of how my own life has been and might be similarly enriched by intimate encounters with nature.”

From: Tim McNulty, poet, essayist and author of Ascendance: Poems and Olympic National Park: A Natural History

“In Walking on Trees, Russ Hanbey takes readers back to the heyday of Forest Service wilderness rangering in the Pacific Northwest.  Hanbey is a seasoned woodsman, a keen observer, and a crack storyteller.  His tales are rich with the pungent scent of fir smoke, the clear air of a mountaintop fire lookout, and the everyday joys and challenges of a life afoot in one of the great mountain and forest reserves on the planet.”

To order, go to russhanbey.com or Ingram Spark.