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Field Program

[Image Description: Two MCC members taking a brief break; one is sitting on a rock, the other is standing nearby. They are both in their uniforms, looking out at the expansive, mountain view surrounding them.]

The Utah Crew

A crew stands in a circle holding rock bars and looking at rocks buried under the trail to create water drainage.

To be The Only crew in Utah feels strange. The only ones who can understand what you did are your crew because the area isn't like Montana. They have lots of rocks which means a lot of rock work. 

We started our trip by driving down to Utah to meet our project partners and the person training us on how to work with rocks. Our group learned how to use new tools from rock bars to rock slings so we could build check steps and drains. When we were done with that we were set free to explore all Utah had to offer. Then, back to work with more work to be done. We were working to restore the trail after a fire in 2020. 

Much had to be done so we built a lot of drains to get water off the trail. Then came the day of our last hitch which was a new change in scenery and a new skill to learn. The task we were given was to cut trees on a 10-mile trail which required learning to use crosscuts for 6 days. We could not wait to do it. With one more skill in our pocket, we had to come back to Montana, a place that had people we haven't seen in months. That felt a little foreign to us because we never really got to spend much more than a couple weeks there but it was time to go and say goodbye to Utah.