Through “The Bob”

The last section took us through the Bob Marshall Wilderness, located in Montana. “The Bob” combined with neighbouring Scapegoat Wilderness and the Lewis and Clark National Forest is the wildest region in the USA (excluding Alaska, obs). 

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The trail network was excellent! It was great to be out of the National Parks and be able to random camp. Yay to no permits! 

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Going up Family Peak. While “the Bob” is very pretty, much of the CDT route follows valley bottoms. It was great to be back in the alpine. 

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Much of the area has been recently burned. While it allowed beautiful views and crazy high fireweed, it offered little protection during the rain (And boy, did it ever rain, we should have brought snorkels. After a few days of a biblical flood, trench foot became a concern). 

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Walking along the Chinese Wall amongst a sea of Bear Grass. 

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Hello Mr. Caterpillar, the earth says hello.

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 A fire singed CDT sign – lots of forest fires, remember?

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We ran into hikers with llamas. Now that would be the life…Maybe on the next hike. Just imagine, no backpacks and able to bring fancy food. Bring on the seven layer cheese cake!

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Summit of Lick Mountain. As we work our way South, the tree line gets higher and higher. This is at almost 2400 meters! 

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We ran into some awesome ranchers. They had us over for some drinks and munchies. They gave us more food to take (including sausages!). When we mentioned that we got 8 holes in our socks that day (“The Bob” turned our clothing into rags!), they snuck a couple socks into our packs. Huzzah!

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Leaving “The Bob” for drier country.

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The rain soon turned to snow. Goodbye summer. You will be greatly missed! Let us hope for a dry warm fall. Esp in Colorado…

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A Miss Allie Strel came down for a visit. Although it was short, we still had a marvelous time!

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The World At Our Feet – Thank You Mr. Covey!

Bob Covey was determined. At first we were reluclant, but eventually he charmed us with drinks at a pub in Banff and the interview was only going to be half an hour.  However, time soon flew and we didn’t leave until a couple hours later in a buzzed state (it may have only been a couple drinks, but our current hiking state has put our tolerance at the pre-teen level). Nevertheless, when the recent Jasper Local came out, we had to admit – Mr.Covey had done a fine job! You can find the artical here: http://www.thejasperlocal.com/the-world-at-their-feet.html

A Short Interlude

Sometimes even grand adventures require a couple days off. Especially if it’s for a family wedding!

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Liam’s sister getting married in Peachland! She is now Mrs. Conti. I asked, but Johnny unfortunately is not related to this Conti…drat!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4BB1TZcO_o

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Not a bad location, eh?

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The new family.

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Even Liam’s dad got dressed up for the occasion.

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Heading back to the trail after a whirlwind three days in the “Northern Lands”. Saying goodbye to Aunty Bear Bears and Liam’s Dad. Liam and Jake would like to wish Rebecca and Johnny a happy marriage!

 

 

 

The Continental Divide Trail

The crossing into the USA was far easier than expected. They asked no questions and only took note of our passport numbers – and gave Jake a written warning for having bear bangers. While you are allowed to carry guns in the national parks in the US, heaven forbid you have a flare pen. Glacier National Park is a beautiful and rugged place. See for yourself!

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The start of the CDT.  Only 4 996km to go…Perhaps we should have taken up video gaming instead. At least our clothes wouldn’t wear out and the feet wouldn’t hurt.

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Entering the USA.

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Jake’s friend Erika met us in Waterton and hiked across the border with us. As you can see, the vegetation is quite high. In some places it goes beyond 2 Liams. Thank you for spending sometime with us Erika!

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We also went up Bertha Peak with Erika. Even on our “days off” we go up mountains. Sigh. If only there were more movie theaters in the countryside. And buffets.

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On the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park.

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Hiking through a garden.

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The national parks in the USA are different. For example, they use explosives to make platforms on snow slopes to make it easier for walking…Hmmm makes one wonder if they have too much money to spend?

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Why hello there. A goat on the way up Swiftcurrent Mountain.

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Summit of Cataract Mountain.

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We have gone from making bread, scones, and dosas in Canada to frying pop tarts in butter in the US. It can be hard finding food in a gas station for a week!  It was still the highlight of the day!

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 Some wild onions. A welcome break from pop tarts!

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 A flower worthy of taking note.

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Wonderful Tim’s Potato Chips. Only 900 calories worth…I don’t even recall what an apple tastes like.

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Summit of McClintocks

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Going up Mt. Morgan. It’s slightly tight.

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Going up Mt.  Sinopah.

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Summit of Mt. Sinopah

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A view down the ridge

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Our bathing situation at the moment.

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How the town of East Glacier Park got put on “the map”.

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Hmmm. Excellent timing! Liam lost his spork! Maybe he can replace it with one here…