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Team: North
Stephen Braunlich
Wednesday, January 9
Targhee Creek Continued
Sorry for leaving off like that, but the events in camp overcame me.

As I was saying, perhaps it was exhaustion, or perhaps it was my own natural forgetfulness, but I failed to realize that the trail was on the other side of the ridge from the creek. I would not realize my folly until the end of the hike.

On the 'shwack down I intermittently hiked in and along the creek. Needless to say, this frequently resulted in my boots getting soaked, and once or twice my getting wet up to the hip. I think the thing that most allowed me to do this were the footwear that I had, a sturdy pair of Scarpa boots I've used for many trips, and a good set of Thorlo socks and liners. In retrospect this dripping wet part of the journey was foreshadowed by my falling in Targhee Creek early, while trying to cross it.

The scenery on the bushwack was gorgeous, I hiked through meadows, in streams, and in the shade of trees. Perhaps my favorite portion, though, was hiking in the stream through a small ravine. The dark, damp rockwalls climbed up maybe ten feet on each side, and it just formed a very tranquil scene. I loved it.

Coming down the creek, I crossed many game trails and noticed the proliferation of deer, elk, and mule tracks. In fact, it was just briefly before I hit the trail again that I spooked a cow moose. She was just grazing by the stream in a stand of trees, but I did not see her. As I approached my movement scared her and she took off at a sprint. Her actions spooked me, and I in turn paused to see the commotion. After this, the hike to the trailhead, was easy, as that I found the trail and could continue on.

Having completed the narrative, I would like to note that I would never recommend anybody to go off and try to rediscover a trail on their own unless they are prepared for it. This means carrying the 10 essentials, and not exceeding your skill limit. Just as important, you always need to keep your cool, panic just worsens a situation.
for Wednesday, January 9
North South Both




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