Bird’s Eye View

  • March 07, 2019
  • Posted by Mickey Tommins

The 2019 Crew Leaders at Montana Conservation Corps spent last week at their Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course taught by Aerie Backcountry Medicine. During the four-day course, crew leaders learned backcountry CPR, treatments for traumatic injuries, and tools to assess medical concerns all while spending hours in realistic practice scenarios.


Reflections Warm Hearts Warm Homes

  • March 07, 2019
  • Posted by Mary Satterthwaite

The past two weeks have been a little different from our usual chainsawing and trail digging. We partnered with LEAP to do a program called Warm Hearts Warm Homes (WHWH). This involves the winterization of low income homes (such as, plastic wrapping windows and weather stripping doors) and providing them with more energy efficient materials like LED light bulbs, but the physical work we did those two weeks sometimes made a smaller impact than the social interactions we had. It also opened our eyes to the often overlooked neighborhoods and towns throughout Montana, and where I had the opportunity to meet some of the kindest souls.


TNC Saw Project

The Gains of Losing

  • March 04, 2019
  • Posted by Stefan Nickells

Schlepping a saw for 10 straight days, shoulder, bicep, and forearm muscles pushing the civility of in-body protest, the trees of this 26-acre plot won’t be thinned in any version of personal comfort.


Pulaskis for Ploughshares

  • February 26, 2019
  • Posted by Lloyd Farley

Part of the wonder of working in the Bob Marshall Wilderness is the intimate relationship that we court with the material history of public lands management. The use of historic tools, such as the crosscut, and living out of historic makes this connection evident. Witnessing this relationship to the past unveils the whole drama that was the early days of the U.S. Forest Service.


So you’re considering going into The Bob

  • February 21, 2019
  • Posted by Lloyd Farley

If you’re anything like me you’re probably digging through the blogs trying to figure out what you might be getting yourself into. Maybe you heard a little about one of the Bob Marshall Wilderness immersion crews and are debating whether or not to throw your hat in, or you have already taken that leap of faith and you are just trying to figure out what you could possibly do to occupy your time during your weekends. Im here to say that there is no level of reading or preparation that will possibly even come close to what you are going to experience and to just put away whatever device you might be reading this on and just send it.


Rocky Mountain Front Range

The Warmest Winter

  • February 18, 2019
  • Posted by Stefan Nickells

“Men and women are hard ore, we do not go to slag in a mere few seasons of forge.” - Ivan Doig


Day one through nine

  • February 11, 2019
  • Posted by Shauna Riddensdale

I wake up from the warmth of my breath bouncing against my cold tent walls.
This rebound makes me creak inside layered jackets.
The earth around me is a bull blue.
The dirt tucked in by the moons full blanket.

It is a September morning on trails.
Day nine of nine.


Up-Up Lookout

  • February 07, 2019
  • Posted by Madison

This experience certainly tested the members of our crew who were afraid of heights because they had to climb 40ft up three flights of stairs to get to the top, but it was worth the work.  The views from the top were amazing; you could see into Idaho and we got to witness firsthand the growing amount of smoke coming in from the region.


A Week In Yellowstone

  • February 04, 2019
  • Posted by Zachary Garibay

Along the way we got to witness the wildlife that call Yellowstone their home, visit some of the park’s most famous attractions such as Old Faithful and Yellowstone Lake, and watch the Perseid meteor shower from our campsite.


Spending it in Spotted Bear

  • February 01, 2019
  • Posted by Mary Satterthwaite

We drove home to Spotted Bear down the old windy East Reservoir Road. We were all excited to return to our home base and slightly nervous to camp out as colder temperatures crept up on us.  We were thus ecstatic when we found out we would be staying in the Cookhouse for the next two hitches! Never had we experienced such luxuries of waking up 5 minutes before breakfast and enjoying it in PJs or the ability to shower after working and getting covered in dirt and sawdust.  After a few days, I missed the sensation of eating my hot oatmeal on a brisk morning so I started eating outside. Something about the contrast of the cold outdoors and a hot meal makes it so much more satisfying.


Surrendering to the Flow

  • January 28, 2019
  • Posted by Halle Smith

Be kind and surrender to the flow. It’s amazing where it takes you.


Perfect Present

  • January 24, 2019
  • Posted by Bonita Pernot

Nature is healing, and hard work reminds me that.


An alternative title of this blog post would be “Hard Times on Hitch” or “This Hitch Was the Hardest of the Season and Here Are All of the Reasons Why it Was Unpleasant”


Sweet Potatoes/Spiritual Perfection

  • January 17, 2019
  • Posted by Jaisch Hosh

Teal Team Six has transitioned from the meditative and romantic efficiency of ancient crosscut manipulation to the inhuman, gut-spilling savagery of post-WWII heavy machinery. These “chain-saw” tools are of a chaotic and aggressive nature, invented by some of the sickest minds in technological history.


From on the Porch in Paradise

  • January 14, 2019
  • Posted by Dace Whiteley-YCC leader

Do you intend to tell me
this is life?
With glowing green moss
and tendrils swirling gently in?


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