The snow is piling up quick this year, and it’s time to prune back branches that are hanging down over the trails. The overhanging branches get in our faces while skiing, and can damage grooming equipment. We will be having 2 work days this winter, Saturday January 16 and Saturday January 30. We will be meeting at 9:30 am at the main parking lot at Chief Joe then heading out on skis or snowshoes to work at several spots on the trails.
No experience or tools are necessary, the ski club will supply tools and training.
Bring gloves, food, water, and a helmet if you want to use a pole saw.
Stay for the whole day, or half a day.
We are hoping to get 9 volunteers, so we can send out 3 crews each with 1 pole saw, 1 pruning saw, and one person to move branches.
Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Please join us for our March meeting on Thursday March 12 at 7 pm. The meeting will feature a presentation by Byron Bonny about wildfires.
Byron Bonny – was with the Forest Service from 1969 to 2001. Currently, he is a Community Forester with the Bitterroot RC&D. Besides his current role as a Wildland Fire consultant in the Northern Rockies, he works with private landowners in Ravalli, Missoula, and Mineral Counties dealing with hazardous fuels treatments.
The Fire Environment has changed over the past several decades because our climate is warmer and dryer.
Extensive research has confirmed that the best thing you can do to protect your home from wildfires is reduce fuels within 100 feet of your residence.
Byron will give a presentation about how best to protect your home from wildfire.
Please join us for our first meeting of 2020 on Thursday January 9 at 7pm, at the Presbyterian Church, 1220 West Main Street, Hamilton, MT. This meeting will feature a presentation by club vice president Jesse Crocker.
In 2019 Jesse Crocker entered the 1100 mile Silk Road Mountain Race, an unsupported single stage bikepacking race through the Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan. It has been described as the worlds toughest mountain bike race. Over the course of the race he froze in snow storms, sweated through deserts, stayed with nomads, and almost hit a camel.
Jesse lives in Darby MT where he spends as much time as possible skiing, but when the snow melts he’s on foot or bike. He has thru hiked the Pacific Crest Trails, biked the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, skied the John Muir Trail, and trekked through the Himalayas. When not outside he is one of the authors of the popular Gaia GPS navigation app.
Please join us for our first meeting of the year on Thursday, Nov 14 at the Presbyterian Church, 1220 West Main Street, Hamilton, MT. We’ll have a member’s meeting and presentation at 7 pm. We can always use more volunteers to serve on the board, so if you have interest in that, please join us at 6 pm. The meeting will feature a presentation by Torrey Ritter about Beavers and the ecosystem benefits they provide.
Torrey Ritter is a non-game wildlife biologist with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks out of Missoula. He went to Montana State University for a bachelor’s degree in Organismal Biology. He then spent the next six years working for various state and federal wildlife agencies on a variety of wildlife species including grizzly bears, elk, small mammals, peregrine falcons, sage grouse and best of all, beavers. Torrey returned to MSU in 2015 for graduate school and spent three years studying beaver dispersal and habitat selection in the Upper Madison and Gallatin river drainages in southwest Montana. Torrey has become fascinated by beavers and their ability to modify stream and riparian habitat and is very excited that he gets to work on beaver-related projects in his current position.
The February meeting is scheduled for Thursday February 14 at 7pm, at the Presbyterian Church, 1220 West Main Street, Hamilton, MT.
The meeting will feature a presentation by Nate Bender, a Missoula trail runner, about his 2018 project to climb all of Montana’s 12000 foot peaks in 4 days. For more information about Nate’s amazing feat see https://fastestknowntime.com/route/montana-12ers-mt
The January meeting will be held on January 10 at 7pm, at the Presbyterian Church, 1220 West Main Street, Hamilton, MT. Ken and Patrice will be giving a presentation on their latest desert adventure in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.
The days are getting short, the mountains are getting white, and it’s time for the first club meeting of the year. The November meeting will be held on November 8 at 7pm, at the Presbyterian Church, 1220 West Main Street, Hamilton, MT.
Jesse Crocker give a slideshow and tell stories about the 2018 Tour Divide bike race, a 2700 self supported mountain bike race down the continental divide.
The February meeting will be held on February 8 at 7pm, at the Presbyterian Church, 1220 West Main Street, Hamilton, MT.
Mel Holloway will show slides from two separate trips he and Mary Alice made to Scotland in 2017.
They visited Orkney to see Skara Brae and other Neolithic sites, the Culloden
Battlefield, Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness, the northern coast, Glen Core, the northern coast, Glen Core, the
Glenfinnan Memorial, and Aarvrech Castle to mention a few points.
The January meeting will be held on January 11 at 7pm, at the Presbyterian Church, 1220 West Main Street, Hamilton, MT.
The Bitterroot Land Trust presents our program this month with a showing of “On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of Montana Private Land Conservation.”
If you love Montana and appreciate its wide, open spaces and beauty, you won’t want to miss this phenomenal film. The film is a stunning and inspiring 21-minute story about the value of conservation easements to Montana’s landscape, economy, and way of life. Several significant scenes are in the Bitterroot. The film will be followed by a short presentation by the Bitterroot Land Trust.