D. Upper Seymour Lake I, Anaconda Pintler Wilderness
August 6 - 12 2017
Project Name: Upper Seymour Lake, Anaconda Pintler Wilderness
Project Dates: August 6 - 12, 2017
Registration Deadline: August 1, 2017
Volunteer Limit: 8
Volunteer Spaces Left: 2
Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
Location: Anaconda Pintler Wilderness, Beaverhead Deerlodge Natl Forest, Pintler Ranger District
Type of project: Primitive backcountry (stock supported)
Travel to camp: 4 miles - 1000' elevation gain
Meeting Time and Place: Upper Seymour Trailhead @ 6PM.
Basic Project Description
Join us for part one of a two-week project, where volunteers will be venturing into the AP from the Big Hole side of the Anaconda Range. We will hike up the CDT from Seymour Creek Trailhead to our backcountry camp spot, which will be about mile before Upper Seymour Lake. Every day we will hike by the lake on the way to our project site: a set of switchbacks above the lake. We will be constructing rock retaining and drainage structures, as well as repairing the switchbacks, to ultimately make the route more sustainable and safer for horses and hikers alike.
We will meet Saturday, August 5 @ 6:00 PM at the Upper Seymour TH. We'll camp here Saturday evening before taking off early Sunday with our packers. Make sure to bring enough water to last you through Sunday's hike and arrive having already eaten dinner or prepared to cook your own dinner Saturday night.
Hike to Camp
4 miles- 1000' elevation gain.
Hike at Worksite
Daily hike to work site is up to 5 miles. Exact worksite is subject to change pending work accomplishements and enviornmental conditions. Come prepared to hike! A long hike from camp or a work area stretching several miles of trail are all in play.
This is a primitive backcountry campsite with traditional pack support (horses and mules). They will be carrying group gear such as food and tools and kitchen equipment. Each volunteer must be prepared to carry your own pack with all of your personal belongings.
Volunteers will assist in preparing the campsite for the week including setting up tarps, kitchen equipment and digging a latrine. Crew will be educated on Leave No Trace practices and asked to follow these principles throughout the week. Food storage (bear) regulations will be observed. MWA will provide adequate food and snacks, however, if you want to bring along some extra personal snacks please be prepared to hang the food with your own gear and know-how. MWA bear boxes will be full with crew food and extra space will not be available. Read more about safely camping in bear country here. We kindly ask that you leave your technology and gadgets behind - let's enjoy the solitude and escape from technology for a week.
Food and Water
Your first meal provided will be breakfast and lunch fixings on Sunday morning. Please arrive to the trailhead on Saturday having already eaten or ready to prepare your own dinner.
Please inform your crew leader of any dietary restrictions or requirements when you register for a project or no less than a week before the project start date. Even if this means you’re a picky eater…please tell us! We need you to have full energy for working on the trail, so we want to provide everyone with food they will eat. Volunteers will be expected to assist with cooking meals, and cleaning dishes throughout the week. Please remember to bring your own dishware, utensils and coffee mug. All participants will be asked to help with camp chores including cooking, cleaning and camp set-up.
What to Bring
Please check out this link to review suggested gear list and to consider what to bring (or not bring) while camping and traveling in bear country. Frequently forgotten items include creek crossing shoes, rain gear and personal mess kits.
The work involved in this project is strenuous, as is the hike in. We'll have a long hike on the first and last day and be lifting and moving heavy objects and digging the rest of the time. You must be in great shape to join for this project. Please be honest with yourself about your fitness level before registering for this project. If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to participate, please contact MWA's Stewardship Coordinator at email@example.com or 406.334.7378.
Prepare for possibility of rain, snowstorms, high winds, cold weather and bugs. Unpredictable weather is to be expected – bring proper gear. It can snow in high elevations – even in July! If we do experience actual summerlike temperatures, be prepared for sun exposure. Bring hats, long sleeves, and sunscreen!
Here is a link to the weather forecast on NOAA.gov. However, don't be fooled; weather on the divide can be very different than predicted. Please be prepared for all kinds of conditions, regardless of the forecast.
The crew will pack in on Sunday August 6 and set up camp. Work days will be August 7-11. The crew will take down camp and pack out on Saturday August 12. Volunteers are expected to participate in the entire trip.
- 7:00 AM: Breakfast- this is the time to chow down, pack a lunch, fill waters and prepare necessary layers and gear for the day.
- 8:00 AM: Hike to the worksite- on Sunday morning this will be our departure for camp.
- 12:00 PM: Lunch on the trail. One mid-morning and one mid-afternoon break.
- 4:30 PM: Begin our hike back to camp- once we arrive back at camp we will have some personal time before jumping into dinner prep.
- After dinner and dishes, you are free to spend the evenings as you wish- taking in a sunset, reading, chatting around the campfire or catching up on some zzz's.
Do not show up to an MWA project without registering or without receiving a confirmation email from MWA staff. Unregistered volunteers will not be permitted to participate on projects. Minors require a hard copy volunteer registration with two signatures: one from volunteer, one from parent/guardian.
MWA requires a refundable deposit for project registration. This will help us ensure that everyone who registers is well-intentioned and that MWA will not have to bear the costs of last-minute cancellations. More info available on the registration page linked below. Refundable Deposit for this project is $50.