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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.]

Moving Logs Through The Fog

A crew leader sits on a foggy hillside, working on a chainsaw.

Shortly after our team crossed the divide we were met with a wall of fog, towering cedars covered in moss, and roaring rapids along the Lochsa River. Spirits were high as we explored our home for the next nine days - The Red River Ranger district!

The following day we were teamed up with a crew from Missoula and started the aggressive hike up the side of a mountain. Once the work commenced we were in a steady flow of rapid-fire line digging and moving large logs (as well as some spread-out saw work). Each day was met with immense reward as we took a step back and saw the progress done by our hands and some mismatched tools.

In our debrief a recurring theme for fellow leaders was feeling accomplished with all that was done as well as feeling ready for our members' arrival. Through the lessons, minor mishaps, and eight days of rigorous uphill hiking we left Northern Idaho tired but more than prepared for the season to come.