SMOKEJUMPERS: PAGE 175
2005 ROOKIE CANDIDATES HIT THE ROAD
The snow melts fast. Cheerful smiles and sunny skies greet Alaska's 11 rookie candidates in May, 2005.

Soon their swaggers take to limping, their chuckles fade to whimpering. Welcome to Alaska.

Let's go for a run.

At left is Chris Swisher, rookie trainer. Built like a truck, runs like a deer. The rookie hopefuls tried to catch Chris, but they could not.

Miles pass by. The candidates grow weary. The trainers are watching.

The rookie candidates wonder, whom of us will be smokejumpers someday?

Tackling the Hills
Dressed For Success, & Safety!
Swisher Swooshes Past
Trainers Inspire Candidates Along the Way
Lead Rookie Trainer Ty Humphrey & Friends
Finally, Time to Stop and Rest!
"Leg Lifts Are Fun."
"I Enjoy Them More."
"But I Enjoy Them Most."

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