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Team: North
Robert Carlo
Friday, August 23
First To Travel on New Continental Divide Trail
Day 24

National Forest, Deerlodge district

Today started out like most do, I get up about 6-6:30 AM and start packing my stuff. My routine is pretty set by now, and I know I can be ready in less than an hour if I don’t waste any time. I need to pack my sleeping bag and all of my clothes, as well as my tent, which is usually wet with the morning dew if not by a passing storm. Breakfast is prepared by our always very supportive support team, and we are ready to receive our maps for the day. Usually Dave Mensing (our project coordinator from BLM who has been working on this project for over two years) has scoped out the route the previous day, or week, or weeks. He then gives his info with the topo maps to one of the “tech” crew. Gen is here with us now. She then enters all of the info into the computer, gets GPS waypoints for us, and has maps ready for us in the morning. Pretty amazing stuff, and lots of hard work before we trekkers even hit the trail! This morning we drove 4X4 to the start of the horsepack by 8 AM. This was our last day with John and Scott Cargill of Cargill Outfitters from Whitehall. We’re going to miss these four horses that we’ve been riding, since they were some of the very best we’ve been riding. Jocelyn Dodge, the district ranger of the Deerlodge district was riding with us today, as well as Frank and Pete, both from the Backcountry Horsemen’s Association. We rode past some old logger’s cabins as Jocelyn gave us some history of the area. Most of this section of the forest was cut at the turn of the century, about a hundred years ago, used in Butte for the mines. You can see all the old tree stumps and can only imagine the hard work these cutters had using axes all day, year round, to earn their living. We also learned about the Boring Pine Beetle, which is killing the forest today. The queen beetle picks a tree, and then her followers infest it, boring into the tree where their larvae will come out in the spring. As many as ten thousand beetles can come out of the tree. This kills the trees. The only way to stop this is to cut the trees or spray uninfected trees. It seems to be a tough war to win. What the forest service prefers to do is thin the forest to save it from the beetles. The beetles only infect trees over 7 inches in diameter. If we thin the older trees, it will in turn promote a healthier forest. Good Luck!

By lunch time, we arrived at Pipestone Pass where we were to cut the ribbon of the newest section of the Continental Divide Trail, and be the first group to travel on its’ path. When we arrived, there were two tv stations and one newspaper as well as our support team, and additional forest service personnel. We cut the tape to officially open the trail and interviewed with the media. I heard we were on the 5:30, 6, and 10 PM news. After the tape cutting, we ate lunch before proceeding on. We came across possibly the oldest Douglas fir in the district. Anywhere from 300-400 years old, no one was quite sure. Certainly the largest fir I’ve seen so far. It must have had a 9 to 10 foot diameter. There was a short bushwack on foot soon thereafter and then back to the horses. This is quite common now- we will be traveling along in either 4X4s or horse and we must stop at a boundary of private land and hike around it until we get back on public land. Sometimes they are as short as 100 yards, sometimes as long as a couple of miles. We use our topo maps and GPS to navigate as well as any forest service boundaries. We ended our trek today around 5-5:30 with a 4X4 ride back to camp. Support team just got in shortly before us. They had a tough day and were exhausted. Even so, a great dinner of salad and chili was had of and much needed. Dave Mensing didn’t get into camp tonight until after dark. He was out again checking our routes for the next couple of days. He is so valuable to the trek and in more ways than one we wouldn’t be doing this without him.

Team meeting, 10-10:30 PM. We went over the next two day’s routes, and here I am, 11:30 PM, just getting a chance to journal. Today was day 24, 36 more to go. “We proceed on!”- Lewis and Clark
for Friday, August 23
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Biographical
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Team: North
Robert Carlo
me and GLACIER  on a break
38-year-old Rob Carlo, was born and raised in Queens, one of the five boroughs...
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List of All Journal Entries
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Tuesday, September 3
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Welcome to Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming
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Monday, September 2
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Labor Day
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Sunday, September 1
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SPRING CREEK TO BLAIR LAKE
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Sunday, September 1
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Campfire Friendships
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Saturday, August 31
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Backpacking Without the Backpacks.
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Friday, August 30
Robert Carlo
Idaho
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Thursday, August 29
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Halfway with Charlie Brown, Penny, Banjo, Foxy, Shiloh and Ben
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Tuesday, August 27
Robert Carlo
Birthday
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Sunday, August 25
Robert Carlo
I want my ATV!
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Saturday, August 24
Robert Carlo
Rattlesnake! Bees!
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Friday, August 23
Robert Carlo
First To Travel on New Continental Divide Trail
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Monday, August 19
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Sunday, August 18
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Saturday, August 17
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Thursday, August 15
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Wednesday, August 14
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No Time To Sleep
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Tuesday, August 13
Robert Carlo
Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex
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Sunday, August 11
Robert Carlo
11 Months...
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Friday, August 9
Robert Carlo
Let's go fishin'
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Sunday, August 4
Robert Carlo
Be careful what you ask for
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Friday, August 2
Robert Carlo
Ptarmigan Trail
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Friday, August 2
Robert Carlo
A real dinner at last!
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Wednesday, July 31
Robert Carlo
Kickoff events in Washington, DC
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Monday, July 22
Robert Carlo
My First Journal Entry
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