Omar Mt

A poem inspired by last hitch

  • September 08, 2014
  • Posted by Ben Michel

This was a time not to be swayed by others. This was a time not to sway others, either.


William Ashley

Trees of our Fathers, Part III

  • September 06, 2014
  • Posted by James J. Crumpler, III

An ad released in a St. Louis newspaper, February 13, 1822, by William Henry Ashley, began the process of western expansion and the conservation of western lands.


CD Blue Crew: Finishing the Meriwether Trail

  • September 05, 2014
  • Posted by Seth Young

After a summer spent in Meriwether Canyon, Central Divide Blue Crew is finished at Gates of the Mountains Wilderness.


Basin Creek Trail at Dawn

Claw Hands with a View

  • September 04, 2014
  • Posted by Sophie Maloney

On a cold morning in early August I woke up in Yellowstone National Park. It was 5:00 am and still dark outside. The first thing I noticed as I slowly passed from sleep into waking was an inability to open my hands. I tried slowly to open and close them.


A glimpse of my world

  • September 04, 2014
  • Posted by Joe Moran - Western Wildlands- Missoula

When you see a yellow flower, blowing in the wind; you see time.


Log after being cut to clear the trail. It was a team effort to cross cut and move this log.

Prospecting for Prospect Trail

  • September 03, 2014
  • Posted by Rachel 'Ray Ray' Nelsen

Trail work in the Wilderness is something else. It must be passable but you don’t want it looking like a trail in a National Forest.


After four days of painting and installing fencing, we were all pretty proud of the work we all got done.

Painting All Day Every Day

  • September 03, 2014
  • Posted by Rachel 'Ray Ray' Nelsen

Fences for boundaries are just important as replanting willows. So is creating places for people to sit out and enjoy the outdoor in comfort.


The views were amazing, even if we only saw one small brown bear and not a single Grizzly.

Bears, Hills, and Machetes

  • September 03, 2014
  • Posted by Rachel 'Ray Ray' Nelsen

For the second time we were set out into the Wilderness for trail work. This time though it was in the Great Bear Wilderness, which was the home of the largest population of Grizzlies.


The prairies of Montana hold a very special sort of beauty. Many of our wildlife live on these seemingly flat lands that look to be uninhabitable. A few of these animals are the coyote, bobcat, mountain lion,and rattle snake and bison.

Russian Olives, Mosquitoes, and the Missouri.

  • September 03, 2014
  • Posted by Rachel 'Ray Ray' Nelsen

Montana is home to many drastic changes in both weather and landscape. During the hitch at Hole In The Wall, Purple Crew really got to experience the heat that is almost as bad as the cold in this lovely state.


The Gates of the Mountains is a very historical area for Montana. It was a major obstetrical for the Lewis and Clark expedition as well as the location of a very deadly fire known as the Mann Gulch Fire of 1949.

Chilling In The Gates Of The Mountains

  • September 03, 2014
  • Posted by Rachel 'Ray Ray' Nelsen

With a sudden change of schedule, Purple Crew was placed in the Gates Of The Mountains Wilderness to help out another crew, the Blue Crew, on the Meriwether Trail.


A bucket full of fish. We would put in a few drops of this chemical that would relax the fish once they breathed it in.

Playing With Fish

  • September 03, 2014
  • Posted by Rachel 'Ray Ray' Nelsen

When you hear Conservation Corps, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is probably anything but sitting over water for hours cutting a tiny fin off of baby fish.


Our family photo.

Oh, how the mind wanders…

  • September 01, 2014
  • Posted by Amanda Garant

The other crews in our region have spent all season hiking to their work sites. Collectively, they have probably trekked hundreds of miles, uphill both ways, while carrying billions of pounds on their backs .


The Change in Me

  • August 28, 2014
  • Posted by Kong Yang

I knew joining the MCC would be a challenge, but it was one I needed to take.


Packing Perspective: 50 Years in the Wilderness

  • August 28, 2014
  • Posted by Kyle R. Martens

Smoke and Thelma Elser started leading outfitting trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness the same year the Wilderness Act was passed. In the 50 years of owning and operating Wilderness Outfitters, it is estimated Smoke spent over 8,000 nights in the backcountry.


Montana celebrates 50 years of wilderness

  • August 27, 2014
  • Posted by MCC

Celebrating 50 of anything is no small task!


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