Comment made by another trapper on Brutal, Brutal Trail... story by Bryan.
"When I read some of the comments posted such as "I so envy you living your dream" I think "If only you fully understood". The sheer gut and dedication and commitment required to efficiently manage and operate a remote trapline is beyond the grasp of most people in todays society.
Vikki passed this comment on to Bryan on the SBX this morning.
Bryan said "I don't know of one other person who would have had the fortitude to be told they had to shovel 350 meters (1100 feet) of 5 feet snow and 4 feet wide.... starting at 2 pm and you have to have it done by dark 6pm. And that was after shoveling in 50 big trees wells. "
A lot of what has to be done out here is NO FUN.... To survive it takes a lot of effort.
Bryan's daughter said to him recently... "Just what do you spend your time doing out there?"
Bryan told her .... "You have to realize everything has to be done here. Everything is made from scratch. Our heat is a lot of work. To have water is a lot of work. Getting fuel into 5 gal carrying jugs from 45 gal barrels is a lot of work. Maintaining trail is tremendous work and has to be done. Once you lay out your line you have to keep going to check it. Then you have to handle the fur."
Living and working in a wilderness place used to be common. But people knew how to work then. Now most people would say "You've got to be kidding me."