Could This Be Best Job in the World? Living Atop a Mountain as a Fire Lookout

It may not be for everyone—the numbing isolation that can stretch for weeks and the pressure of protecting the surrounding landscape—but for those looking to get away and experience nature and bask in the solitude, this could just be the best job in the world.



From Great Big Story: For the past 24 years, Leif Haugen has spent his summers living alone atop a mountain in Montana’s pristine wilderness. As a fire lookout for the U.S. Forest Service, Leif is charged with protecting the surrounding landscape, watching for signs of fire from his solitary perch. Spending up to two weeks alone at a time, he spends his days unwinding amid the peace and quiet, watching as the world passes him by.

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