Monday, June 30, 2014

Remembering the Granite Mountain Hotshots

On June 30, 2013, there were 20 men assigned to the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew. By the end of the day nineteen of these men would die in the line of duty while fighting the Yarnell Fire.

The Granite Mountain Hotshots were established in Prescott AZ in 2002. Hotshots hike or helicopter into the most dangerous wildfires, work an exhausting 14-21 hour day in extreme heat, carrying 40+ pounds on their back digging trenches and making fire lines. They are an elite group.

From May through October the 110 hotshot crews throughout the states play a key role in successfully managing the wildfires in our nation. Just a few days earlier, June 18th, these same 20 Hotshots battled the nearly 8000 acre Doce fire located at the ridge of Granite Mountain. You can read about their success here.

To become a Hotshot requires the physical fitness, strength and agility of the best athlete. Click to read about their duties and requirements.

Many of the Granite Mountain Hotshots worked out with CrossFit and as is CrossFit's tradition they honor them with an intense workout in their name.

Today's workout was:


6 rounds for time

30 air squats
19 power cleans ( women prescribed weigh 95#)
7 strict pull ups
400 meter run

I've mentioned before that everything in CrossFit is scalable and the following photos show just this. This is my daughter and me doing the workout. She did everything prescribed. Her air squats were below parallel, mine I used a ball to squat to and I'm not quite parallel, she actually did power clean 95# I did 25#, she did her strict pull-ups strict, I used 2 bands for assist. We both ran the 400 meters only my speed was a snails pace in comparison. I did a total of 3 rounds in 20 minutes while she did all 6 in just under 45 minute.


                                   Ashcraft, Andrew - Age: 29 

                                   Caldwell, Robert - Age:                                       Carter, Travis - Age: 31 

                                       Deford, Dustin - Age: 24 
                                       MacKenzie, Christopher - Age: 30 
                                       Marsh, Eric - Age: 43 
                                       McKee, Grant - Age: 21 
                                       Misner, Sean - Age: 26 
                                       Norris, Scott - Age: 28 
                                      Parker, Wade - Age: 22 
                                      Percin, John - Age: 24 
                                      Rose, Anthony - Age: 23 
                                      Steed, Jesse - Age: 36 
                                      Thurston, Joe - Age: 32 
                                      Turbyfill, Travis - Age: 27 
                                      Warneke, William - Age: 25 
                                      Whitted, Clayton - Age: 28 
                                      Woyjeck, Kevin - Age: 21 
                                      Zuppiger, Garret - Age: 27


  1. Thank you for remembering these firefighters, Sharon. What happened is tragic! And some were so young! I still remember our fourteen firefighters who died on Storm King Mountain in Colorado twenty years ago. So many incredible people devote their lives to our well-being and safety. Kudos on your workout! I'm working on pull-ups! I can't do one yet, but I'll get there!

  2. I appreciate your kind words. I hope to do a strict pull-up someday too. At least we're making the effort. Have a great 4th.

  3. Thanks for visiting, and great Fran time today!

  4. What an incredible workout in their honor. This would certainly keep you in top shape!