Craig Boesel discusses his career as a smokejumper, which started in 1966 and lasted until 1980, with two years off in 1975 and 1976 when he worked as the Assistant Fire Manager Officer of the Twisp Ranger District in Washington State. Boesel talks about the early history of the Northern Cascades Smokejumper Base in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He shares stories of getting hung up in trees, working rescue jumps, and enduring difficult packouts. Boesel contrasts being a smokejumper in Washington, where he mostly worked, to his time jumping in eastern states like Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as his two summers in Alaska.
Smokejumpers Washington (State) Biography; Smokejumping Washington (State) History; Mount Baker, Washington; Twisp Ranger District; Northern Cascades Smokejumper Base
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (69 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (26 p. : 28 cm.)
Boesel, Craig, "Craig Boesel Interview" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-004.