Hello! My name is Kelly Kate and I'm a 30-year-old from San Francisco, California. Over the last 5 years I've worked a little as a trail worker and a lot as backcountry cook, and I'm taking this summer off to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. I like reading and writing science fiction, cooking, spending time in the Wilderness, activism, and connecting people. 

my work


For the past three summers, I've been a US Forest Service contracted Backcountry Cook for California Conservation Corps' Backcountry Trails crews in Northern California. I create weekly menus, write food orders, teach corpsmembers about cooking and living in the backcountry, and cook for 20+ people. I serve hot breakfast and dinner every weekday and provide cold lunches and backpacking food for the weekends. I work closely with each crew's CCC supervisor and Forest Service sponsors to keep corpsmembers safe, motivated, educated, happy, and healthy. My favorite part of my job is working with corpsmembers.


Klamath, 2012. 

Klamath, 2012. 

my history


I was a corpsmember on the CCC Backcountry Trails Program 2012 Klamath Crew. I spent 5 and a half months learning trail construction and maintenance in the Klamath National Forest and San Jacinto State Park. I learned a lot about trail work, a little about cooking, and I decided to stay in the CCC.


I spent one year leading a CCC crew at the Los Padres center in San Luis Obispo on projects ranging from trail work to habitat rehabilitation to flood fighting.  I worked as a field technician with Americorps' Watershed Stewards Program on projects related to salmonid restoration. I got chainsaw certified and bucked up a lot of brush. 


I did a six month winter season in a backcountry camp 11 miles from the Mexican border. I was cooking for 40 corpsmembers rotating from six different centers. This is where I learned to manage large groups and cook crazy quantities of food.