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.
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.
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.