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Team: North
Robert Carlo
Saturday, August 31
Backpacking Without the Backpacks.
Targhee National Forest, Montana
Today we started a 3-day mule assisted backpack. Our guides were Mel Montgomery, owner of Centennial Outfutters, along with his wife Chris and photographer Kimberly. Mel and Chris are based out of Lima, Montana.

I’ve never been on a mule-assisted backpack before. What it means is we don’t have to carry anything we don’t need while we are hiking. All the food, tents, sleeping bags, etc., are all carried by the mules. Mel, Chris and Kimberly rode horses, Mel leading a string of five mules. Charlie, Paul and Kevin from national Geographic joined us trekkers for the two-night trip.

We started our hike around 11 AM after being shuttled via 4X4 to the trail head from camp. Short introductions were made, and off we were. Not a long day, but a fulfilling one. Camp was reached in late afternoon and it brought us to a nice, grassy “park” with a slight spring running through it. Mel uses thiscamp all summer and into the fall for hunting. This is an established camp, called Spring Creek. Therefore, he has permits filed with the forest service which allows him to erect a canvas wall tent or two. At this site he has one set up with a wood stove and some cots inside.

Upon arrival at camp, everyone went right to work as usual. Unpacking the mules, getting water, setting up the tents, making a fire, and chopping wood. Mel was busy tending to the stock which he has to “hobble” most of them so they can’t run away as easily. A “hobble” is a piece of webbing which ties the two front legs of the horse somewhat close together. When the stock walks around, they hop. It looks really funny to see these big animals hopping around like rabbits.

Chicken was grilled over the fire, and another tasty meal was consumed. We all sat around the campfire for a couple of hours and got to know one another much better. Mel and Chris are great people, and you can tell they really enjoy what they do for a living. Kimberly just finished 8 weeks of backpacking with “Alpen Girl”. A summer camp for girls, ages 12-15 years, they do 2 week trips with some of them on trips with Mel, horseback riding. Kimberly got along with Mel and Chris so well, they invited her to join us on our 3 day trip. She was so excited to be there with us, and it was great to have her there, too.

The night brought out many stars and I decided to pull my sleeping bag out of the tent and sleep under them. What a great way to end a great day.
for Saturday, August 31
North South Both




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