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Day 4: Rapids!

Day 4 If yesterday was defined by wood then today shall be defined by whitewater. Running a river with a large group (we have 9) requires the presence of eddies that are able to accommodate the entire group if we are to “boat scout” the river (the process of river running where scouting is done […]

Five Stars at Big Prairie

Day 3 Early this morning we received a sat message confirming a downward trend in flows on the S Fk Flathead. Very exciting! We are wondering if we are the first crew of boaters here this season. We dropped our boats into Danaher Creek just below its confluence with Camp Creek late this morning and […]

Day 2: “We are at a river!”

For a packrafter carrying a 50+ lb pack, the exclamation that “we are at a river!” is welcome news. We received that news this afternoon as we arrived at the confluence of Camp Creek with the imminently packraftable Danaher Creek. We have trekked about 16 miles from Benchmark to our camp here. Yesterday, after a […]

Staging at Benchmark

After an early morning start from Bozeman we find ourselves transitioned into something … different … than what we left. Today we are at Benchmark, one of the major points of entry into the Bob Marshall Wilderness and a common respply point for CDT (Continental Divide Trail) thru-hikers. We are staying with Darwin Heckman and […]

MOHAB 2014: Expedition Introduction

We are in the final days of preparing for a packrafting expedition through the Bob Marshall Wilderness with Montana BSA Venturing Crew One (http://www.crew1.org) of Bozeman, Montana. We hit the trail on June 29. We’re attempting a circumnavigation-style trip that will include five bodies of water and an off-trail traverse of the crest of the […]