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Team: North
Robert Carlo
Sunday, August 4
Be careful what you ask for
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Feeling giddy at the summit of Ousel Peak, in the Great Bear Wilderness

Feeling giddy at the summit of Ousel Peak, in the Great Bear Wilderness
Courtesy Jimmy the District Ranger

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me and GLACIER  on a break

me and GLACIER on a break
Courtesy Michelle Williams

We've been backpacking or dayhiking since Wednesday July 31st with our guide Chris from Glacier Wilderness Guides. Although its been great I prefer a little more adventure and route finding.Guess what thats just what we got.

Our day started with a ride to the Flathead river from our camp at Apgar.We walked up river until we spotted our rafts which transported us across the river.This was done to keep us on public lands.The plan worked well and we arrived safe and dry on the other side.We still had to get to the trailhead,and proceeded to walk up river to our support vehicles to take us to the trailhead.

Jimmy was to be our guide for the day. He is the district Ranger for the National Forest Service.It was a long and slow hike up through a thick and dark forest for several miles. I felt like i was back in the Adirondacks of NY. Climbing straight up without the luxury of switchbacks.All the trails were pretty well maintained,but we were still getting soakeed from the spots that were overgrown.Rain did get us wet eventually too.Even though we were

wet and working hard no one complained and spirits were high. We finally broke through the thick forest and and started to see what we thought was the summitt of Ousel peak.If anyone in the group wasn't sure what a "false summit" was before today they sure know what it is now. A few false summits were climbed before we finally reached the true summitt of Ousel peak.Everyone scrambled for warmer clothes,as the wind was whipping over the ridge.There were remains of an old stove and alot of firewood on the summit, probably from a former lookout tower.The entire day so far was filled with fog and ocaasional rain, with the surrounding mountain tops poking up through the cloud cover. It really felt as though we were in TOLKIENS MIDDLE EARTH from LORD OF THE RINGS.

Jimmy advised us that this was his fist time on the trail and was excited to hike with us for the day. We referred to the topo map quite often since we were now traveling off trail.

The next 5 or 6 hours is where the adventure lies.The topo map was looked at and reviewed many times by all . The plan was to try to follow the route on the topo , but the trail was no longer there. We knew it would be easier to drop down into the valley and hike on level ground but we didnt want to give up ,the elevation we worked so hard to gain. The traverse across the wet bear grass was painfully slow,but we moved on without complaints.Jimmy decided for the two of us to climb to the top of the ridge to seek out an alternative route, while the others waited to see if it was to get to the headwall we were aiming for.It took me about 45 minutes of hard scrambling to get to the top,and there was no way to get to the headwall from there. It would be to exposed for us to travel that way so i relayed the info to Jimmy who was down the slope a bit. I made my way back down which was harder than going up and rejoined the group. At this point we were left with no other choice but to drop down to the talus slope and climb back up when we reached the headwall. We could have saved a lot of time if we did this earlier but we thought we might miss the route over the headwall. Once we got to the wall we decided to climb between the wall and the washout. The climb was about 800 ft of scrambling ,soon we were above treeline and I was loving it!I

I was really glad that no one was complaining especially since they might not have been so comfortable ."Welcome to my world" I said to the group as we reached the top of the wall. Lunch was had as well as a short celebration. Soon we found the trail and hiked another 4 or 5 miles back to the trailhead. Everyone was tired but happy we made without turning around. I wanted more adventure and i sure got it, but you see, be careful what you ask for you just may get it! Today was the best day yet!
for Sunday, August 4
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: North
Robert Carlo
me and GLACIER  on a break
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