Tree torching out

Wind River Module In Alaska

  • August 20, 2019
  • Posted by Patty Derner and Toni Hardy

After two long days of travel, we step off the boats onto the bank of the Chandalar River. The muddy bank is decorated by arctic wolf and black bear tracks, a reminder that although we will call this spot home for 14 days, we are guests in the territory of much wilder things.


The Mouse That Got A Way

  • July 23, 2019
  • Posted by Gabaccia // @gabaccia //

What can happen if you don’t know exactly what’s in your backpack while you leave it out at night?

Finished Turnpike

Lake Otatsy- How do you spell that again?

  • July 18, 2019
  • Posted by Brenna McGown

A hike up to Lake Otatsy, which is a hidden gem in the Seeley Lake Ranger District was the beginning of a dirty but fun hitch. We spent most of the hitch switching between digging retread and building turnpike, all of which is in the burn. It was almost a surprise to see green trees again on the hike out! We were so dirty and covered in ash, that when stopping by a gas station for supplies (e.g., ice cream), we got asked if we were a fire crew.

Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog - MCC Redux

8 Days, 400 Trees, and 100 Miles in Idaho

  • July 11, 2019
  • Posted by Jack Harte

Northern Rocky Sawyers take on the Idaho Panhandle.

Retaining Walls…They Rock

  • June 14, 2019
  • Posted by Natalie Hamel

Lucky Season Seven spent their work days assisting the crew of the North Fork Ranger District of the Frank Church River of No Return with building retaining walls and maintaining stock trails.

Last week, the Northern Rockies Youth Expedition Leaders embarked on a backcountry hitch in the Great Bear Wilderness. They practiced their backcountry camping, project management, and crosscut saw skills.

Dinner on our first night at camp

A Chorus of Birds

  • May 11, 2019
  • Posted by Hannah Hartman

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” - Joan Walsh Anglund

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.

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.

So High Up

  • January 10, 2019
  • Posted by Dace Whiteley-YCC leader

The Ponderosa pines stood narrow and wise, looking like they belonged there, clutching the sunlight in their pine needle hands.

N Rock Roving Crew’s last hitch was a nine-day-split-backcountry-endeavor-to-remember

Home Sweet Milk River

  • August 22, 2018
  • Posted by Casey Gallagher

Coming from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to the prairie is a major transition. I had never seen an actual prairie before! Holy cow, seriously, this is cow country!

Garden of Eden

  • August 16, 2018
  • Posted by Alex LeFrancois

“This is going to be an interesting landing.”
These are not the words one wants to hear from a bush pilot as your flying full speed in a small Cessna airplane towards a makeshift landing strip in the backcountry within the Payette National Forest.

Break Time

Joining the Herd

  • July 19, 2018
  • Posted by Malachi Baker

What has a head, a tail, and is super common in the Bison Range? Rattlesnakes.

Pre tread work

MCC’ers Vs. Mt.Brown, Part 1

  • July 13, 2018
  • Posted by Parker Dean

A challenging week lay ahead of the Glacier Crew on Week 3 as we built trail in the Mt. Brown burn area.

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