Craft Beer Breweries Team Up for the CDT
HELENA, Mont. - "Bottoms up," for the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, known as the CDT. Five craft beer breweries around the state are holding events this week to help recruit volunteers to work on the northern section of the trail this summer.
Shannon Freix of the Montana Wilderness Association is a program manager for the CDT, and said they hope these casual get-togethers will spark interest in the trail among the younger generation.
"And for a lot of reasons, maybe people don't feel comfortable getting out there on their own, and this is a great way to have that outfitted, once-in-a-lifetime trip in exchange for a little bit of hard work," Freix said.
CDT volunteer projects range from day trips by car to back-country drop camps.
Freix remarked that some volunteers return year after year, but for newbies, there's uncertainty.
"For example, we get a lot of questions like, 'Can I bring my dog? What's strenuous mean? What is it like in this area? What if I only have one week. What should I pick?' Time spent face-to-face with folks getting a good fit and just kind of getting folks excited."
The first stop on the brewery tour is tonight at Blackfoot River Brewing in Helena. Other stops: Quarry Brewing in Butte, Bridger Brewing in Bozeman, Bowser Brewing in Great Falls, and Kettle House Brewing in Missoula.
More information about the brewery tour, and the the volunteer opportunities, is at CDTMontana.org.