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Bob Marshall Wilderness

Bob Marshall Wilderness

Bob Marshall Wilderness

Off trail, Peterson found a memorial in the heart of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

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Bob Marshall Wilderness

Bob Marshall Wilderness

The photographer at a spot overlooking the Chinese Wall at dusk. The next morning it would snow.

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Bob Marshall Wilderness

Bob Marshall Wilderness

A meltwater pond in the Mission Mountains Wilderness.

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Bob Marshall Wilderness

Bob Marshall Wilderness

Mountain lion tracks in the trail in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

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Bob Marshall Wilderness

Bob Marshall Wilderness

The moon rises over Daughter of the Sun Mountain in the Mission Mountains Wilderness.

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Bob Marshall Wilderness

Bob Marshall Wilderness

A young billy goat near the summit of Mount Aeneas.

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Photographer retraces Bob Marshall's epic hike in 'spirit'

Photographer retraces Bob Marshall's epic hike in 'spirit'

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.

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Beargrass path

Beargrass path

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.

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Meadow Creek Gorge

Meadow Creek Gorge

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.

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Rocky portage

Rocky portage

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.

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Takeout sign

Takeout sign

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.

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Loaded boat

Loaded boat

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.

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Hiking in

Hiking in

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.

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Busy intersection

Busy intersection

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.

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Dusty trail

Dusty trail

Dust from the trail darkens Jared White’s calves above his sock line after he changed footwear to cross Youngs Creek.

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The start

The start

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.

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Fishing stop

Fishing stop

Chris Solomon casts to westslope cutthroat trout rising in a wooded bend of the South Fork of the Flathead River.

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Inflation

Inflation

Packrafts are inflated by a fabric bag from which the air is squeezed, as Bill Cunningham demonstrates. Once nearly full, the rafts are tightened by blowing into separate valves.

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Drying out

Drying out

Packrafting can be a wet ride on splashy water. Erin Madison dries her damp clothing out at camp in a well-positioned pine tree.

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Toy boats

Toy boats

Although small, packrafts are incredibly durable and well-engineered for their task. Left to right Erin Madison, Bill Cunningham and Jared White enjoy a leisurely section of the South Fork of the Flathead River below the Big Prairie pack bridge.

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