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Team: North
Thursday, September 26, 2002
Last Night in the Back Country

A cirque lake in the High Uinta Wilderness, Ashley National Forest

A cirque lake in the High Uinta Wilderness, Ashley National Forest

Team North hikes out into the Uinta Mountains for one last, glorious night in the backcountry before they meet Team South tomorrow in Pine Valley campground. While the support teams enjoys the scenic delights of the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, the trekkers will explore the High Uintas Wilderness. This wilderness is famed for its massive mountains and its many lakes, streams, and lush wetlands, which support a wide range of wildlife, from birds to big game. The trekkers may well recognize the passage of glaciers in this county, as they pass cirque lakes similar to the ones at the beginning of their journey.

As they hike through this alpine country on the brink of winter (winter comes early at 12,000 feet!), and enjoy the quiet, the solitude, and the pristine beauty of the wilderness, they may reflect on the different states of the public lands they've seen in the past two months. Some of the lands have been developed for energy and mineral resources; some have been logged; many have supported grazing; some are overrun by tourists; some bear the marks of inhabitants 100 or even 1000 years ago; some are scarred by fire, trash, or overenthusiastic off-roading; and some, like these magnificent mountains, are untouched by any hand but nature's. Although different people value these lands for different reasons, when viewed as a whole, we realize that as Americans, we benefit from public lands in every aspect of our lives, and we are blessed by this remarkable heritage.
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