The 7 Sparrows in a Hurricane

  • September 28, 2015
  • Posted by Hannah Mincks

“Things will get WEIRD. Embrace it.” I think we all do a great job with that rule.

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Never Been in a Rock Band Before

  • September 28, 2015
  • Posted by Joseph Crook, Crew Leader

Eventually the tour will come to an end, and the music may die down for just a bit, but until then the show must go on!

The Northern Lights above the hills of Makoshika State Park

Aurora Borealis: Musings on Balance and Connections

  • September 27, 2015
  • Posted by Sara Anderson

Of course I was walking to the outhouse when I first saw it because in this life the sublime and the everyday go hand in hand.  And because on our crew (probably on every crew) everything comes back to poop somehow, though I only needed to pee.  We might have missed it entirely and just gone to bed if I hadn’t needed to pee.  But I did and I looked up, and there on the northern horizon above the outhouse was a smudge of pale green light made of thin and shifting ribbons.

Bredren and Sistren


  • September 21, 2015
  • Posted by Zosia Glass

An encounter with an MCC crew, as written from the perspective of a grouse.

Going in, inward.

Utah Blog Post

  • September 21, 2015
  • Posted by Jesse DeLaughder

The Northern Rockies MCC dispatched an adult crew to the Ashley National Forest, Duchesne Ranger District for 6 weeks of high altitude, backcountry trail maintenance. CM Jesse takes a stab at capturing some of the lasting sentiments.

Group Shot at Big Prairie Station (M.Reavis)

Big Thoughts at Big Prairie

  • September 21, 2015
  • Posted by Maeve Wrixon

“It is the song of the hermit thrush at twilight and the lapping of waves against the shoreline and the melody of the wind in the trees. It is the unique odor of balsams and of freshly turned humus and of mist rising from mountain meadows. It is the feel of spruce needles underfoot and sunshine on your face and wind blowing through your hair. It is all of these at the same time, blended into a unity that can only be appreciated with leisure and which is ruined by artificiality.”

-Bob Marshall

National Public Lands Day

  • September 21, 2015
  • Posted by MCC

National Public Lands Day will bring together outdoor enthusiasts across the country for the 22nd annual celebration of America’s magnificent public lands and its countless supporters and volunteers.

Rock Gods

  • September 19, 2015
  • Posted by Lauren Siverson

Our project partner for our two hitches in the Wind River Range was Thor. The god of thunder. No big deal. I’m

Our back country campsite on the CDT

Back Country Camping Vs. Front Country Camping

  • September 10, 2015
  • Posted by Chase

The difference between front and back country camping.

National Recreational Trail Receives Restoration

  • September 09, 2015
  • Posted by MCC

Over twenty years ago, an inventory of Montana’s trail system catalogued just shy of 15,000 miles of public trails. While each trail offers something to its users—whether it’s a peak to bag or a vista to marvel over—only 53 trails in Montana can claim the unique distinction of being registered a National Recreation Trail (NRT).

The most effective noxious weed control is… Education!

  • September 08, 2015
  • Posted by Amy Darling

The Invasive Weeds Strike Team is no doubt a very specialized group, requiring extensive training in plant identification, herbicide mixing and application, chemical safety, not to mention the typical preparation necessary for living outdoors for weeks at a time. But what we were much less prepared for as we plunged into field work was how often the ethics around our work would be challenged by members of the communities we sprayed in.

Dawn breaks on the MCC.

A Night Under the Starts

  • September 04, 2015
  • Posted by Tricia Rossettie; Youth Crew Leader

Those stars, I can’t help but laugh. With every escape from the tent, they juxtapose themselves so perfectly to the task at hand: their clean and crisp beauty, the predictability they represent with their perpetual journeys across the sky; what I face now is both unpleasant and unexpected, but it is my job, it’s why I’m here.

Oasis in the Wilderness

Plans versus Reality

  • September 04, 2015
  • Posted by Jedd Sankar-Gorton

The plan was simple: hike a crew member 15 miles into the Great Bear Wilderness and meet up with her crew. The reality played out a little differently.

On our final day of work on our first week’s project, I felt that we had made a very tangible change to the local environment. That few miles of fence that we had taken out were a few miles reclaimed to Nature. One could look to see what work was still to be had—which would be somewhat discouraging, but I am of the opinion that the positive aspect of any given situation should be dwelled upon. And we truly had many things to be proud of that first week.

A week in the life of a youth crew!

  • August 24, 2015
  • Posted by Guest Blogger

“MCC, where no one cares about your hair or if your change your underwear.” - Liz Rice

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