An average day? Well an average day is, first thing, get up And um… find your horses Maybe… make a cup of coffee, start a fire and grab a cup of coffee on your way out the door And bring your horses back and then, get your horses packed up and hit the trail Um… Our work is, you know, endless I think.we’re looking at Anywhere from wildlife monitoring objectives, to… Bridges that may be washed out, we’re doing Routine maintenance Minor re-routes for areas that are washed out we’re… Clearing trail. Every day that I do travel the trails I carry a chainsaw. We keep a pretty good handle on the cabins that we have. What kind of supplies are needed, and whether there’s any major issues. Painting issues, flooring issues So that we can get it done so the places are there for another 75, 80 years. Ah, well a good day, and you never know if it’s going to be a good day or a bad day… But a good day would be: the bugs are dying down, your horses are happy, We’re working as a team and every body is getting along. The colours are changing and and everything is going just right. That would be a good day Some times you’re out there and you’re questioning the decisions that have brought you to that place and you’re wondering if you must be crazy Because you can have some really bad days, when your horses are gone, and you’re wet and cold and you still have many hours to go to get some place But, yeah, sometimes in the evenings it can be pretty fantastic, you know. You kind of have the place to yourself and you feel pretty lucky… for sure. It means a lot to me, I guess. It means that you’re working with a team of people that all look out for eachother and help eachother. When I started in the back country a lot that I was learning was passed down for nearly 100 years I guess yeah, it is a family. There is a long legacy to the warden’s service. Yeah, it’s pretty humbling actually, you can read through some of the old log books, and it’s pretty entertaining to read some of the old stories, and the days that people have had… you can really relate to late days, or missing horses, or accidents, you know you really feel like you’re part of something So it’s pretty great. It’s pretty fulfilling to work in the backcountry. For me it’s getting those projects done, and that hard work again, at the end of the day you really feel like you’ve accomplished something My name’s Al McKeeman. I’ve been a warden for about 19 years here, now, I guess. My name is Patti Walker, I’m a backcountry specialist here in Jasper National Park, and I’ve been working in the backcountry, on the north boundary in fact, for 10 years. (TEXT) Shot on location over 13 days and 231km with backcountry specialist Patti Walker on Jasper National Park’s North Boundary Trail.