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Team: North
Robert Carlo
Wednesday, August 14
No Time To Sleep
The last few days can never be written as I experienced them.

Our last day in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex- Scapegoat Wilderness Area. Also our last day with Jack Rich from Rich Ranch Wilderness Outfitters. It started out great waking up in our highest camp also ended up being our driest camp. It really felt like I was getting used to riding every day, for this was 8 days with only 1 rest day.

The riding was over around 7 PM where Jack and Randy dropped us off on the Continental Divide Trail just before it crossed onto private land, along with our Forest Ranger Marty. We were getting ready to start an off-trail bushwack around private land and back to public lands. Marty had flagged the route, or half the route, and she sent another ranger had flagged the other half. Okay, I figured this shouldn’t be too bad. All we had to do keep following the blue tape until we hit the trail again. The route was down a short, grassy ravine and into a forest which then climbed up and down several hundred feet in elevation until we reached the bottom of the ravine which had a power line running up the mountain. Elevation at the bottom was about 5500 feet. We had to again follow the blue tape along the forest service boundary up to about 6400 feet in about a mile. This was no easy task for the group. It was getting dark pretty quickly now, and the team was getting anxious. Some of the group was wanting to hurry for they didn’t want to waste any remaining daylight. We were riding horses all day, up a 6 AM, riding since 10 AM, and hiking since 7 PM. It was probably around 9 PM at this point. I noticed the team spreading out more than I was comfortable with and decided to talk to them. I was afraid the faster hikers were going too fast for the group. I told everyone that this was where all the team building skills would come to play out. It wasn’t about whose turn it was to get water. It was right here, right now. We were tired, off-trail, in dark, and had a lot of work to get through before we got back to base camp. So let’s not worry about the dark. We were prepared to hike safely at night, no need to rush and get hurt. Let’s stay positive and try to learn how to work as a team. Well I think it worked. We all hiked closer together, and seemed more relaxed from this point on. We decided not to try and keep looking for the tape in the dark, but instead hiked straight up to the ridge of the mountain. This is easier than hiking on the side of the mountain. The map showed public land all across the ridge and therefore it was okay to change the route. Good decision. Although a lot of work, we summitted the small peak and found that is was a grassy summit. This was welcome news. It was pretty clear where we were, and after Marty radioed to her base, we were okay. We proceeded to walk across the saddle to pick up the trail. We found it! The map indicated the trail would bring us down and then up another small peak before descending an upper ridge and then out. Near the summit of the next peak, the trail disappeared on us. The grass was very thin, and without a visible cairn you couldn’t tell where the trail left the summit and descended. The trail made a southerly turn on the map near the summit but we had a hard time finding it. I think it was around 11 PM at this point. All was fine, but we decided to have our support team start hiking up from the trail head to enable us to find the trail out. Soon after we made the call, we found the trail, and started hiking again. All was fine until it disappeared again. Same thing, once we got to a certain elevation, everything was barren and the trails were nil. Two of us would hike ahead, find a cairn (which is a pile of stones indicating a trail or route to follow), then the rest of the group would wait at the last cairn. When the two of us would find the cairn, we would signal back for the rest of the group to join us. This continued for a while and we were proceeding along our route when eventually Bob and Charlie from the support team were coming from the opposite direction. We had a short, joyous reunion, and we all hit the trail walking. 1:30 AM at the trail head. We were able to take hot showers, finally, after 9 days and over 120 miles! We ate a quick dinner and got to bed around 3 AM. Our support team was awesome. They hiked up to meet us- thanks to Bob V. and Charlie. They had our tents set up for us and sleeping bags unrolled. Dinner waiting, hot showers, and collected laundry to be ready for us before we headed out for our next days’ horseback ride. Thank you, support team. I know they all had to pitch in to get it all done. I woke up at 6 AM, had a big 3 hour nap, and was ready to go?
for Wednesday, August 14
North South Both




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