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Team: North
Michael Murphy
Sunday, September 8
GPS saves the day
Dear America:
Field Report, Day 40

My ability to read maps and the landscape were confirmed by the modern technology of GPS. I called Charlie at our set time of 7:00am. I called from inside my tent, hoping the satellite phone would work, since it was still raining. Charlie gave me eight waypoints and confirmed our location. I was within a hundred feet of being exact on the map.

Using the first waypoint we found the trail and proceeded on. The clay soil in this area makes the slimiest, gooiest, yuckiest mud I have ever had the displeasure of hiking on. After a few days of rain the mud made it difficult to maintain your footing on the trail. Everyone fell or slid off the trail at least once. The angle of slope and the elevation above flat made this very dangerous.

Some of the waypoints were too far apart to be helpful. We had difficulty finding the real trail because of all of the game trails. On one ridge we were trying to figure out should we drop down into the valley or go over the next ridge. Charlotte gave me the latitude and longitude using the GPS and I found where we were on the map. We needed to climb over one more ridge and then drop down into the river valley.

After sliding down the trail we were able to reach the real trail again. The next two and half-hours of hiking brought us to the Honda Pilots and on our way to a dry camp.

The two-day backpacking trip was a difficult challenge, but once again we were able to over come any obstacle and finish safely. Our team worked together, as usual.
for Sunday, September 8
North South Both




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Team: North
Michael Murphy
Camping, Lewis & Clark style: Mike Murphy gets cozy in his buffalo robe near Clark Canyon Reservoir
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Sunday, September 22
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Saturday, September 21
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Tuesday, September 10
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Monday, August 26
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Saturday, August 24
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Friday, August 23
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Thursday, August 22
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Wednesday, August 21
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Tuesday, August 20
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Wednesday, December 31
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