July 17-24: Pistol Creek Dudefest Oh12

The cast of Dudefest Oh12.  Photo: Rikk Dunn

This hitch I was lucky enough to join the Frank Church Crew — Eric Melson, Erick Ellison, and Ben Barry — along with Seth Bader and Christian LaBar for Dudefest Oh12 on Pistol Creek. This was by far the hardest and most fun hitch of the season. We cleared more than 900 trees from the trail, one of them measuring out to 50 inches in diameter! In the evenings we got to enjoy good food packed in by the Backcountry Horsemen, fish on Pistol Creek and play cribbage. It doesn’t get much better than that.

     — Rikk Dunn, Wilderness Ranger Intern | August 7, 2012

Intern Ben Barry and a massive downed tree. Photo: Rikk Dunn


Teamwork! Photo: Rikk Dunn


Success! Photo: Rikk Dunn