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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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:

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.

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