Even though there was a Ranger cabin right in camp, we all still had to pitch our tents out side. The cabin was handy for storing food and other smelly items though. Even though there was a Ranger cabin right in camp, we all still had to pitch our tents out side. The cabin was handy for storing food and other smelly items though. <p>Like all things in nature, the Gates Of The Mountain Wilderness has made a wonderful come back after being devastated by fires. It will always be yet another beautiful place, tucked away nicely in the mountains and hills of Mountain.</p>

Chilling In The Gates Of The Mountains

  • February 06, 2015
  • Posted by Rachel 'Ray Ray' Nelsen

Forest fires are a very real, deadly, and common occurrence in forests. After a forest fire rages through an area, the damage is devastating. Many habitats are destroyed and trails become impassible.

Years after the Mann Gulch fire of 1949, the burnt corpses of trees have fallen over and around the Meriwether trail, making it even harder for hikers and back packers to reach their destination. Fallen trees were not the only trouble with the trail though.
  Because the Meriwether trail runs through a Wilderness, it is not maintained as much as non-Wilderness trails. Tread had to be remade and even redirected in some places.
  While we, Purple Crew, were up there, we rebuilt tread all along the trail, cut out fallen trees, and even helped Blue Crew with building a crib wall.
 
  This hitch was the first time Purple Crew had gone into the Wilderness as well as working with another crew. It was a great experience for us that was for sure. The hike in to the work area challenge crew members mentally and physically.


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