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Team: North
Thursday, August 8, 2002
Exploring the Bob Marshall Wilderness
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Dave Mensing, a trek producer from the BLM,  mesmerizes the crowd at the West Glacier KOA

Dave Mensing, a trek producer from the BLM, mesmerizes the crowd at the West Glacier KOA
Courtesy Geordie Robb, Earth Analytic

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Team North trekkers ride onward, south through the Helena National Forest in Montana

Team North trekkers ride onward, south through the Helena National Forest in Montana
Courtesy Ravi Gupta

Team North starts riding the length of the Bob Marshall Wilderness complex in earnest today. They are traveling south along the South Fork Flathead River, part of the Wild & Scenic Flathead River. The river is popular among white water rafters. They'll also pass backcountry guard stations, seasonal homes for the forest rangers. This river valley is surrounded by mountains, but the Lewis & Clark range, east of the river, dominates. The Continental Divide Trail snakes down the Lewis & Clark Mountains, and the trekkers will be following the trail farther south.

The trekkers are specially prepared for their horseback ride through the wilderness. They are planning on leaving no trace of their visit: they will keep their food away from the many black and grizzly bears in the forest; they will feed their stock weed-free feed to avoid spreading noxious weeds through the wilderness; and they will camp in designated backcountry sites. The Forest Service encourages visitors to learn Leave No Trace techniques to prevent well-loved wilderness areas like the "Bob" from getting loved to death.
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