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As we set off dynamite charges on a trail-building job in the High Sierra many years ago, sending huge shards of silvery granite temporarily skyward, an old blaster named Bill said to me, “Look up, John: That’s where the Lord is coming from.” I’m still looking up, but it has been a lot safer since.

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Below are two guys who said “fire in the hole” more often than I. Unfortunately, neither is with us now but they helped leave a beautiful trail behind.

Hugh Provost and Pat Houghton drilling holes for Bill Patton on the way to Siberian Pass. Inyo National Forest, 1972.

Hugh Provost and Pat Houghton drilling holes for Bill Patton on the way to Siberian Pass. Inyo National Forest, 1972.