Week 1

Orange Crew’s Adventure

  • August 17, 2017
  • Posted by Nate Hess

This was hot, hard work but they powered through it!

Yellowstone: Working to Reroute the Soshone Lake Trail

  • August 17, 2017
  • Posted by Hunter Brooks

The excitement of creating a new trail in the Yellowstone backcountry could only be dwarfed by the breathtaking views from the ridge overlooking Shoshone Lake.

A Hitch to Remember

  • August 15, 2017
  • Posted by Nicole Young

On the plane to Montana, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I loved the outdoors and didn’t want to work inside another summer; but I also wasn’t the most avid hiker or the most outdoorsy person. I never tent camped before in my life, I had never held a tool in my life (does a butter knife or fork count?).

It Didn’t Seem That Important

  • August 14, 2017
  • Posted by Shira Hereld

When we showed up for our first day of work at Dad Peak (take a right turn after the middle of nowhere, you’ll find it), we were greeted by two people: a ranger from the Cabinet Mountain Ranger District, and Bob Cheshire, private citizen. Bob, a dapper and cheerful man in his 70s, was the real reason we’d hike an average of five miles a day up fire-line-steep grade for two weeks. We were about to brush and clear his very favorite trail - the Devil’s Club Trail - which he himself had worked on building in the 1970s…

Mosquito (A Poem)

  • August 14, 2017
  • Posted by Maeve Wrixon

As we enjoyed the beautiful views on the top of Mount Martson and worked our hardest on repairing the burnt over trail we had some visitors along the way.

Each member gained a little more insight on what it means to truly be a steward of the land.

Bitterroot WRT Crew

Looking back on Bitterroot WRT Crew’s Season

  • August 10, 2017
  • Posted by Guest Blogger

As our season comes to a close, I believe it is time to look back and reflect on the work my small, yet tenacious crew has accomplished in some of the most beautiful places that Montana has to offer.

The Night Terror

  • August 09, 2017
  • Posted by Todd Harrell

Together we make up one of the four wilderness restoration teams out of the Missoula office in the Western Wildlands region. We have spent our season doing a large variety of work, far more than just weed spraying, in the Seeley Lake Ranger District.

I Love My Crew

  • August 09, 2017
  • Posted by Ivy

You feel as if the new trail you created with your crew is your baby. You feel proud and never want to leave it. You have a personal connection with every person that will ever walk that trail, whether they know it or not.

Maggie & Crew infront of 4.5 foot tree

MCC Idaho

  • August 08, 2017
  • Posted by Maggie Burnham

Sometimes things go really well, and sometimes they don’t. That’s just the way it goes. Since my last post, my crew, MCC Idaho, has been on two hitches.

Spotted Bear Ranger District Fuels Crew

  • August 08, 2017
  • Posted by Andrew Parkman

After we dispersed to our tents, deer and elk would run into the campground to sniff around and graze.

Hiking with a Crosscut

What The Heck Am I Doing Here?

  • August 08, 2017
  • Posted by Maya Braden

I came to MCC from an application found in an environmentally focused job list online. I’d never been out west and had a low key obsession with trails and the idea of mountains. If I’m being honest, I didn’t know what to expect when I dropped out of the life I was living in Michigan to move out to Montana.

Palisade Trail

  • August 08, 2017
  • Posted by Troy Lawrence

It was a great project that we had a lot of fun doing, and I can’t wait to see the trail when it is finally complete!

Save the Sage Grouse

  • August 07, 2017
  • Posted by Gregory Walter Klumpp

We warded the predators from the sage-grouse’s home.  Carry on, little birds.

Taking a New Reroute

  • August 06, 2017
  • Posted by Brittany Erickson

It has been our third hitch at Dean Creek in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Our tasks include brushing, digging retread, and digging two new reroutes.

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