Volunteer Profile – Daisy Moser

Volunteer Profile – Daisy Moser

Daisy Moser at Vulcan Lake, Kalmiopsis Wilderness

Name: Daisy Moser
Age: 23

Born: Palmer, AK
Crew: June 2011, Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area
Hours on the trail: 85

Ashland, OR — The backcountry was nothing new to Daisy Moser when she moved from Palmer, Alaska to Ashland, OR in 2009. But working in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area for a week would knock her socks off.

She’d heard about trips with the Siskiyou Mountain Club in 2010, and ended up on a week long trip in June 2011 with her friend Stefani Gissel, who had already signed up.

“It was a free backpacking trip where we got to be bad ass with no one looking,” she said in an interview with SMC correspondents. “I learned a lot of team work skills, some technical skills. I’d never done that kind of work before. And I made some of my favorite memories.”

Moser and her crew worked 7 nights on top a dusty ridge with views far as the Pacific Ocean. As worked progressed, every morning there was a longer commute into the work site. And every evening there was a longer commute back, through botanical areas where the Kalmiopsis leachiana was in full bloom. But Moser got more than an adventure out of the SMC.

Looking NE from Johnson Butte spike camp

“Awesome relationships, with everyone there — people I’d never met. I discovered my potential as a human. I pushed myself for a noble cause, and that was cool.”

Unfortunately, Moser won’t be volunteering in the Kalmiopsis in 2012. She’s working for a summer camp back home.

“It made me feel like everyday life was boring and that I could do more.”

See ya in 2013, Daisy. We’ll miss you on the trail.

Those interested in having a similar experience to Daisy’s should visit www.siskiyoumountainclub.org, check out our 2012 trip details, and sign-up!