It’s kinda funny that the name of this REI/Teton Gravity segment is called The Far Out Ones, because in it Jeremy Jones talks about how he’s traveled all over the world to snowboard and now is finding satisfaction close to home, in his case the Sierra Nevada or, in this road trip, Montana’s Crazy Mountains. But far out is a state of mind, so.
The Crazies are home to one of the most serious conflicts over US public land access—a place where rich landowners are blocking and locking roads that have historically been used by the public, creating de facto hunting and recreation grounds for their friends or paying customers.
As Jones told TGR, “It was really eye-opening to look at the biggest mountain in the range and be told we can’t go there because someone owns it and we didn’t get permission. That’s just bullshit to me.
“The thought of the über rich owning mountain ranges and not doing anything with them and blocking people from getting to them and deep wilderness does not sit well with me. I respect if someone has a house in the woods or a ranch or whatever and those boundaries of one’s personal house, but as far as deep wilderness and high peaks that no one ever goes to where they are monitoring tracks to them seems really sad. I mean I have a gateway that connects my property with the other neighborhood. I took the fence down so people could use it for mountain biking or hiking or whatever. Otherwise they have to ride around on this super crowded road. It’s a hundred feet from my house. Then there are people that are blocking access to vast mountains and are worried about people who are going to have a wilderness experience. I mean how greedy is that?”