Saturday, August 10, 2002
Horseback in the Bob Marshall Wilderness
Today the north team is riding through the fabled Bob Marshall wilderness, on an outfitted pack trip. The "Bob," as it's affectionately called, is named for the visionary man who founded the Wilderness Society with Aldo Leopold. Although it had been protected since 1941, this was one of the first areas to receive Congressional designation as a wilderness in 1964.
The "Bob" covers over 1 million acres, and 60 miles of the Continental Divide. Its most prominent feature is the Chinese Wall, a huge escarpment which stretches 22 miles and reaches heights of about 1000 feet. These mountains shelter endangered grizzly bears, as well as nearly every single animal found in the Rocky Mountains.