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2018 Annual Gathering

Celebrating 60 Years of Keeping it Wild!

2018 is MWA’s 60th anniversary, and you’re invited to join us in celebrating six decades of protecting Montana’s wild places. We'll take three days to explore this spectacular area north of Yellowstone and near the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, learn about public lands and wilderness advocacy, and spend time with a community of great people from across our wonderful state. 

September 7th-9th, 2018

Shane Lalani Center for the Arts 
415 East Lewis Street
Livingston, Montana

Register for Annual Gathering Activities

 

Friday, September 7th

 
HIKES

On Friday, we’ll be offering volunteer-led half-day and full-day hikes around Livingston and in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Sign up for the outing that sounds best to you!

For more information on all the hikes, visit hikewildmontana.org.

Pine Creek Falls
A short, easy hike to a scenic cascade on Pine Creek, which flows out of the the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. If you’d like, grab lunch in a nice shady spot along the creek (please bring your own). 

Start time: 12:00 p.m.
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 2.2 miles round trip

Big Creek
A creekside trail that leads you into the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area while staying at a moderate elevation. The hike leader will discuss the Madison-Gallatin Chapter’s Adopt-A-Trail program! 

Start time: 8:30 a.m.
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 9 miles round trip

Pine Creek Lake
A steep climb from Pine Creek Falls leads to beautiful alpine lakes and cascades on the north slope of Mt. Black in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. 

Start time: 7:00 a.m.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 10 miles round trip

 

EVENING PROGRAM

5:00 p.m.
Welcome from Madison-Gallatin Chapter President Tom Ross and MWA State Council President Mark Hanson, followed by a showing of Wild Resurrection: The Untold Story of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness by producer Kristen Prinzing.
 
6:00 p.m.
Enjoy social time, music, and good food

 

Saturday, September 8th

 
HIKES

Choose from a variety of hikes, ranging in difficulty and length. All hikes begin at 8:30 a.m. and leave from the parking lot of the Shane Lalani Center. 

Pine Creek Falls
In case you missed your opportunity on Friday, join us for a short, easy hike to a scenic cascade on Pine Creek, which flows out of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. 

Start time: 8:30 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 2.2 miles round trip
 

Passage Creek Falls
Popular and easy hike in the Mill Creek drainage that leads to a nice waterfall on Passage Creek, traversing an area that burned about 6 years ago. 

Start time: 8:30 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 5.5 miles round trip

Frog Rock
Trail to a popular rock climbing area, located just east of Bozeman. Local land trusts and others invested a decade of work to open this trail in 2010. 

Start time: 8:30 a.m.
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 4.2 miles round trip

Slip and Slide
This trail offers some great views and the chance for solitude that you generally won't find on a short trail inside Yellowstone. This hike provides spectacular views of Electric Peak, Sepulchre Mountain, and the Yellowstone River. 

Start time: 8:30 a.m.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 3 miles round trip

 

ACTIVITIES

GPS Training Class
Entertaining and interactive instruction on how GPS works and why and how you would want to use it. Taught by MWA member Roger Jenkins. Please bring your cell phone or GPS with you to the course. 

Start time: 8:30 a.m.

Wilderness Skills Course - Practice knots, knife safety, and more
A beginner course in essential Wilderness survival skills, taught by MWA staff member “Backcountry” Bob Ronan. Spend two hours learning and practicing key backcountry skills. 

Start time: 10 a.m.

 

AFTERNOON + EVENING PROGRAM

12:00 p.m.
Lunch (please bring your own)

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Program welcome by Executive Director Ben Gabriel and State Council President Mark Hanson.

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
History of MWA, presented by Senior Conservation Advisor John Gatchell

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Panel discussion on “Public Land Agency Management” including representatives from Montana State Parks, the Bureau of Land Management, Governor’s Steve Bullock’s office, and more

4:25 - 5:25 p.m.
Panel discussion on “The Economic Power of Public Lands,’ including representatives from local businesses and featuring Rachel Vandevoort of the Montana Office of Outdoor Recreation.

5:30- 6:45 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres by Homemade Kitchen, Chapter Tabling

6:50 - 7:10 p.m.
Awards and Announcements

7:10 - 8:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker Ed Norton Sr.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 9th

 
HIKES

Choose from a variety of hikes, ranging in difficulty and length.

Passage Creek Falls
A popular and easy hike in the Mill Creek drainage that leads to a nice waterfall on Passage Creek, traversing an area that burned about 6 years ago. 

Start time: 8:30 a.m.
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 5.5 miles round trip

Hogback Ridge
Hike up the spine of a rocky ridge with great views of Paradise Valley and the Absaroka Range, thanks to a conservation easement. Enjoy geological highlight along the way. 

Start time: 8:30 a.m.
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 7.4 miles round trip

Ramshorn Peak/Buffalo Horn
Hike from Tom Miner Basin to Buffalo Horn Pass, then south on the Gallatin Crest in the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn WSA to a beautiful meadow with great views. 

Start time: 8:30 a.m.
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 6.5 miles round trip, with an option to lengthen into a more difficult 8.5 mile round trip to Ramshorn Peak.

Crazy Mountains - Cottonwood Lake
This one will be a long day! A rugged adventure in the Crazy Mountains to Cottonwood Lake. This landscape is currently a priority area for the Forest Plan Revision. 

Start time: 8:30 a.m.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Distance: 11 mile round trip

 

MORNING PROGRAM

8:30 a.m.
State Council meeting, in the conference room of the Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge. All members are welcome to attend. 

 

More Information

 

Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge
A room block is available at the Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge on the outskirts of Livingston. Rooms are $91/night for a double queen room, but must be reserved by August 7th. It’s a quick five minute drive from the Shane Lalani Center. Call 406-222-6110 and ask for Deb for more information and to make a reservation. 

Camping
There are several campsites close by to Livingston, including:

Livingston Campground: Closest option to town, includes RV hookup options, cabins, or tent spaces. Visit www.livingstoncampground.com or call 406-222-1122 to make reservations.

Pine Creek Campground: 13 miles south of Livingston, also the location of several of our hike and activity options. Reserve a site online

KOA: A little farther south, about 20 minutes from Livingston, right on the Yellowstone River. Reserve a spot online or call 800-562-2805. 

We need your help!
Volunteers are needed to table, set up and clean up, and much more! To volunteer, contact Courtney Wantink at cwantink@wildmontana.org or call 406-443-7350 ext. 111. All volunteers will receive a free drink ticket. 

Support MWA
...and pick up great MWA merchandise from t-shirts to hats and more. Join us for the Saturday raffle for your chance to win a Yeti Cooler, beautiful local art, and much more. Tickets sold Saturday only at the door. 

 


  

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