Bob Marshall Wilderness
We’re a strange pair of fishing buddies, the retired Republican lawmaker and the environmentalist, but we sure do enjoy each other’s company. Together, we tramp through thickets, scramble down riverbanks, wade icy currents – all for the shared pleasure of laying a fly in front of a handsome …
When Rep. Steve Daines and Sens. John Walsh and Jon Tester were busy celebrating the public lands package they snuck into a bill that was supposed to be about national defense, I wonder if they stopped to think about the landowners and taxpayers they threw under the bus.
HELENA — The U.S. House Thursday passed a defense spending bill containing a broad public lands package for Montana, including new wilderness on the Rocky Mountain Front, bans on mining near Glacier National Park and changes supporting oil exploration and grazing on federal land.
Off trail, Peterson found a memorial in the heart of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
The photographer at a spot overlooking the Chinese Wall at dusk. The next morning it would snow.
A meltwater pond in the Mission Mountains Wilderness.
Mountain lion tracks in the trail in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
The moon rises over Daughter of the Sun Mountain in the Mission Mountains Wilderness.
A young billy goat near the summit of Mount Aeneas.
MISSOULA — If you can't hike like Bob Marshall, then you can always follow along in spirit and get a good photo while you're at it.
Scott Bosse carries his backpack down the Lodgepole Creek Trail into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, one of many beautiful tracts of federal land in Montana.
Far below a pack bridge, the South Fork of the Flathead River courses through a narrow gorge. The bridge was a good spot for Jared White to pose for a photo with his fellow packrafters last week.
Jared White, Erin Madison and Bill Cunningham walk their boats around a log jam on the South Fork of the Flathead River in mid-July.
Easily missed by some boaters, the take out here sign signals the start of the 4-mile-long Meadow Creek Gorge which contains rapids rated for advanced or expert boaters only.
Jared White steers past whitewater during the fourth day of his five day trip down the South Fork of the Flathead River in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. His pack is lashed to the front of his boat to somewhat counterbalance his weight in the back.
A hiker pulls his kayak up the trail to the head of Meadow Creek Gorge for a wild ride down the whitewater stretch of river.
Scott Bosse paddles upstream to reach a rendezvous with his fellow boaters during a five-day trip into the wilderness section of the South Fork of the Flathead River. Other packrafters, not with Bosse, get ready to depart in the background.
Dust from the trail darkens Jared White’s calves above his sock line after he changed footwear to cross Youngs Creek.
After Babcock and Jenny creeks joined to form Youngs Creek, packrafters inflated their boats and lashed their packs to the rafts to begin their float. They went only about 80 yards before having to portage around the first of many log jams.
Chris Solomon casts to westslope cutthroat trout rising in a wooded bend of the South Fork of the Flathead River.