Ode to Desolation

13 mins


American mountaintops were once dotted with thousands of fire lookouts, manned by a diligent crew whose watchful eyes protected our public lands from deadly blazes. Technological advances have replaced many of these lookouts, with only 60 remaining in the U.S. today. Jim Henterly currently mans the historic fire tower on Desolation Peak, where he safeguards not only the surrounding national park lands, but the proud and passionate history of his profession.

World Premiere

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Lindsey Hagen
Lindsey Hagen

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Featured in the 2020 Mountainfilm Festival.

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