In the summer of 1971, our director emeritus Dale Harris bought a school bus with ten friends and embarked on a three-week backpacking trip in the Great Burn. During that summer, Dale fell in love with the region’s open ridgelines, cedar creek bottoms and abundant alpine lakes.
He and the GBCA have been working to protect the Great Burn ever since.
This past weekend, we were honored to celebrate Dale's induction into the Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame. We are so proud of the work he has done, and continues to do, to keep the Great Burn wild.
To celebrate, we're sharing some photos from that fateful summer of '71 and from the GBCA's earliest days: