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Team: North
Paul Bucca
Sunday, August 18
Camp Cook Update
Good things have happened since my last post. As previously stated, this job is the most labor intensive of the entire support crew. The first good thing that has occurred is that my cook replacement, Sidna, arrived last Wednesday. We hit it off immediately with us discussing our various cooking styles and the nature of the mouths to be fed. However, she is in the habit of providing relatively high animal fat meals while I endeavor to cook chow of the low fat variety (i.e. plenty of skinless chicken dishes and especially pasta). Initially I was relegated to the position of sous chef and remained in the kitchen putting in intensive hours. However, as time has progressed, I decided to ask that one support member per day help her and rotate the job. This has resulted in resounding success and I am now able to help the group coordinator, Charlie Thorpe, with his tasks. Specifically, I feel particularly competent in him outlining a project for me to tackle and I accomplish it while he proceeds on to more pressing issues.

Last night while camping at Mullen Pass on the Continental Divide, we went to the train tunnel through the top of the pass and watched an 82 car 7 engine Montana railroad pull the grade and come out of the tunnel. The engineers were as delighted to see us as we were to see them. Two interesting items relevant to this tunnel are that the engineers have to don oxygen to go through the .7 mile tunnel since the amount of deisel fumes generated is tremendous. In addition, there is a coal car on the side track of the tunnel fited with a width and height gauge to occasionally measure the clearance through the very narrow tunnel. As it turns out, the rails occasionally subside and, as a result, the trains going thru may scrape the tunnel edges if the tracks have subsided.

Another of my favorite opportunites is to fine tune the knot tying on my Hennessy Hammock. Tom Hennessy, the manufacturer, has been very generous with providing one of each type of hammock for us to evaluate relative to "leave no trace" technology. I consider his invention right up there with the light bulb. This hammock, unlike many others, does not leave the occupant feeling like the shape of a banana after a night's use. However, like most hammocks, the problem of a cool underside in temperatures has not been completely solved. This problem is a result of compressing the sleeping bag contents which expels the insulative trapped air. For instance, I was cool yesterday morning when it got into the mid thirtys. However, for us light weight backpacking fans, the 1.5 lb weight of this contraption and the fantastic comfort are very appealing.

Finally, its amazing how streamlined the support team efforts such as pitching and striking camp has been. This team has worked in remarkable harmony in achieving our tasks efficiently. This harmony and teamwork concept has been instrumental in my volunteering to complete the entire trip instead of going home after being relieved by Sid. The fun and scenery continues-a great way to spend retirement. Just wish Linda, my wife was here.
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Paul Bucca
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