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. The first of which was very unique. We were tasked with clearing a few trails based from a camp along the Selway River. We got packed into the camp, and worked out of there for a few days before hiking back out and driving up to the Hell’s Half-Acre Lookout. While camped at the lookout we met the man working there who was named Austin. Austin was a super cool guy that chatted with us about our days and told us stories of his life. He even cooked us pancakes one morning! The trails that we finished on this hitch were tough, but manageable.

Our most recent hitch didn’t get off to the best start. We found out the day before we left that Carlisle wouldn’t be joining us. This was a blow to the group since Carlisle was always such a great worker, and he helped keep the mood light when work got tough. In addition to this, we had an incident on the way out to our camp that left us all a little shaken. These two things combined made for some tension on the hitch that was felt by everyone. Despite this, we survived a strenuous 7 mile hike to our camp, as well as some fatigue caused by having to search for part of the trail. We worked hard the next few days, some of which were 12 to 14 hours long. We’d get back to camp and want to collapse on the ground, and we would have if we weren’t hungry enough to eat a cow. One of our biggest triumphs that hitch was cutting a gigantic 4.5 ft in diameter tree out of the trail, a tree that had defeated crews in the past. All in all it took Cassie and Mark around 5 hours and 11 wedges to get it, but they did and that’s what counts.

Our upcoming adventure is a 21 day immersion. We’re all a little scared, but I think mostly excited!


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