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.


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.


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 .


Keepers of the Gates

  • August 25, 2014
  • Posted by Alex Barton

If the mountains could speak they’d tell you about the laughter that gifted us with belly aches, and the whistling lessons and worried walks in the wind.


The Crew

The 7 People You Have on Your Crew

  • August 25, 2014
  • Posted by Savino Ranallo

Trying to match personality’s within crews is tough, but I did it anyway. I figure everyone has some form of these characters on their crew. These differences make for an interesting season.


Sometimes, When it Rains, it Pours

  • August 14, 2014
  • Posted by Kasia Kieleczawa

Murphy’s Law does really come in to play sometimes. Luckily, when you have a great crew you can just laugh it off.


Tasty Traditions

  • August 14, 2014
  • Posted by Kasia Kieleczawa

Sometimes tomato soup and grilled cheese can still make things all better.


1910, United States Forest Fires

Trees of our Fathers, Part II

  • August 08, 2014
  • Posted by James J. Crumpler, III

On August 20, hurricane force winds drove down from Canada to push these scattered fires into a single conflagration that, by the time it died, had consumed 3 million acres, or 4,687 square miles.


Not so Much so

Dead Pigeons Fly Together

  • August 04, 2014
  • Posted by Rebecca Radtke

Somewhere in between bridge number 1 and bridge number 2 the crew had an epiphany while doing the routine evening stretch.


Brushing it up

Even Fencing Can Go On Your Resume

  • August 04, 2014
  • Posted by Dale Guynes

With fencing your satisfaction and pay-off increases everyday you stretch further and further, but nothing compared to when you can actually see the end, tie on the last clip and sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the sawtooths.


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