Peaks and Valleys

  • November 15, 2019
  • Posted by Natalie Hamel

As the season of MCC Western Wildlands comes to a close, I can’t shake the feeling that one of these days I’m going to get a message from my crew leaders: “Meet at the office at 6am tomorrow. We’ve got to be at the North Fork Ranger Station right when they open in the morning.” But that message won’t come.


Coal Creek

  • November 08, 2019
  • Posted by Guest Blogger

The summary of an impactful hitch in Glacier National Park.


The sound of silence

  • November 04, 2019
  • Posted by Guest Blogger

You never know when you have to come face to face with the things that make you uneasy.


Missoula Water Dam Jam

The Moosebird’s Final Blog Post

  • November 01, 2019
  • Posted by Jackson Crawford

The backcountry season came to a close in October as the Moosebird crew worked for the City of Missoula and participated in the Warm Hearts Warm Homes project in Billings.


Flattening a weed mat

Final hitch of the season!

  • October 31, 2019
  • Posted by Rachel Norton

Finishing out the season covered in mud…


End of the Season

  • October 21, 2019
  • Posted by Kevin Norton

Advice for future MCC participants…


Wasn’t So Bad

  • October 16, 2019
  • Posted by Simon Dykstra

The memory of spending nineteen days in the woods hasn’t sunken in yet. In our minds, we are already back in town lying in our beds watching a show and thinking as little as possible about swinging a pick for six hours in the dripping grey chill that defined most of our mini-immersion. But it wasn’t all that bad.


Salmon Crew

Little Baby Bun-Buns Do Rockwork

  • October 13, 2019
  • Posted by Jacob Temple

The Little Baby Bun-Buns had spent the better part of a year learning to work with each other and their wet, green home of the Selway-Bitteroot, but this hitch they had to put their skills to working with a New Crew in a New Environment.


Can Opener? Pickmatic?.. (Hello, Trail Life)..Time for Grub.

  • October 10, 2019
  • Posted by Mariah Hellebrandt

Nine days spent in the Beaverhead National Forest backcountry provided an appreciation for Montana’s natural beauty, a can opener’s work, the endeavors of mountain yearning legs, and the existence of baby wipes (need not say more). As our crew of six spent our first ever hitch together, we discovered the fun, semi-sarcastic dynamic of our group, the perfect time to wake up to get water boiling, how to swing tools in a way that is in accordance with your back muscles, and who on the crew cares about hiding their farts, and who does not. 


The Krew in Missoula

  • October 10, 2019
  • Posted by Jordan Hamilton

Can you imagine what Beavers do when building a dam? We did the exact opposite.


Bridges out! Hunting season had just begun and there were lots of people on horseback in the area.

Project Partners (dogs and cowboys)

  • October 05, 2019
  • Posted by Benjamin Conner

September found us 3,000 feet down in a canyon in Wyoming. We’d already been there for six days and we’d be there for two more. After enthusiastically ripping apart an old bridge on our first day, putting it back together proved to be a challenge.


Lamar River Trail Junction

Moosebirds Fall Migration

  • October 02, 2019
  • Posted by Jackson Crawford

The Moosebirds spent September working one final hitch in the Payette National Forest and wrapping up their summer season with a backcountry adventure into Yellowstone National Park’s infamous Lamar Valley.


Gotta Roast Those Nuts

Idaho: Find yourself

  • September 27, 2019
  • Posted by Jake Mogel

For this hitch, Lil Bart and the Clear Cut Gang head to Idaho!


The Five Essentials of MCC Crew #4:

  • September 25, 2019
  • Posted by Maxine Haspel

You’ve heard of the Ten Essentials for Wilderness Survival. The traditional illumination, hydration, etc. However, if you’re considering joining MCC there are a few more things you might not be able to live without.

These are the Five Essentials of MCC Crew #4:


Chainsawing, Lopping, and Handsawing

  • September 20, 2019
  • Posted by Megan Bain

Our crew spent 8 days helping the town of PIne Haven, WY become more resist to fire by fuel reduction.


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