For some Montanans, a Christmas tree hunt isn’t complete without a trail-ready four-wheel drive, winch and a few friends to help get unstuck.

Helena-based Frontier 4x4 Club held its annual Christmas tree run on Saturday in the mountains above Elliston. From heavily modified Jeeps for the mountains to bone stock SUVs and trucks, they headed out through the soupy fog east of the Divide to the crystal clear skies of Telegraph Creek. Lumbering through the trees they found a spot to make a campfire, get the kids on a sledding hill and warm up a pot of chili to take the bite out of the air.

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