INTERVIEW: MR. APRIL 2019 - TYLER CYPHER
Mr. April is quite the treat, but you’ll have to pine over him from afar because he is a very happily married man! Meet Tyler from Elk Creek Fire. He’s originally from Denver and now calls the mountains home.
Tyler became a firefighter because he wanted to give back to the community he lives in and volunteering while performing such a physical duty seemed like the best way for him to do that. “I always had a great passion for the wildland side of fire as a backup career to engineering, and this pushed me to work up to a Hotshot crew in order to be with the most elite forest firefighters we have in this nation,” Tyler said.
Tyler kept extremely active to prep for the tryouts and the photo shoot. In addition to his normal routing of mountain biking, hiking and running, he also added more weight training and increased calisthenics. He eats fairly healthy overall, so he didn’t have to change much there, but he did do a decreasing water cycle leading up to both the shoot and the tryouts.
Tyler is constantly working on projects around his house, working on motorcycles or doing metal work. He even built his own prop for the tryouts! He enjoys spending time with his family (including dogs) as a way to relax during his time off.
Tyler looks up to a lot of people, but highlighted one in particular, “If I had to pick one, it would be Dick Proenneke, who moved to Alaska in the 1960s to live one year on his own using only materials from the land, and ended up staying for over 25 years in the cabin he built himself,” he said.
You can meet Mr. April and all the firefighters from this year’s calendar at the 2020 Calendar Tryouts!