There were six of them around the campfire, savoring and sharing their long weekend of camping, fishing, hiking and flying in the backwoods of northwest Montana. Their gathering place was Schafer Meadow, an airstrip in a designated wilderness area, operated by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), open to the public and, fittingly, surrounded by tall trees. The standing caution to visiting pilots: Watch for horses or big game on the 3,200-ft. grass runway.  The campfire conversation flowed ...


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