#tbt to our 2016 backpacking trip into the Bob. Exactly two years ago today, @dannybjanes and I made it to the #chinesewall . This massive escarpment runs along the #continentaldivide , deep in the #bobmarshallwilderness .
The Bob is a wild place, far from any road, building, or cellphone tower. It’s both a powerful and humbling feeling to be so deep in the woods. How amazing that our two feet can take us so far — far back into the wilderness and far back in time. .
What do you love about being out in the woods?
The end of day 5 on a 6 day run-venture.
Luckily this night was one of our packed in drops for food for that night snacks for the run out the next morning. Nothing feels better after 125 miles then a cold soda water And a soak in the river to cool the knees and calm and clean the body
Running the Chinese Wall in the #bobmarshallwilderness .
never in my wildest dream did I think I’d be a runner.
Running for me was going out and hoofin’ through 3 to 5 miles. For exercise.
All those Memes about waking up early to run pertained to me.
Then a girlfriend and I started going on 4:30 a.m. runs 3-4 times a week... even thru all 4 seasons. It was more therapeutic time then exercise... with too much laughing but 5-6 miles in pretty decent times. Don’t worry, I can’t go until after 6 now!
That it was time to try to run a marathon even though everybody said I shouldn’t do it. Everybody but one person. That was my first fuel.
Soon after @matthewbartkiewicz got me to finally join him on a trail run and I was hooked. Roads? No thanks. I still enjoy the occasional marathon -usually twice a year, but it’s more about traveling to visit a friend with getting some exercise in so I can relax 😳😝😜
now it feels like second nature to me.
A few 50 milers, some big trail runs... and working my up to more.
Running the Bob Marshall was an experience. As much is I keep thinking I didn’t get as much out of@the experience as I was hoping for... maybe that was all I was supposed to get out?
We ran 4 ultras 4 days in a row.
It just feels like it was a dream.
Guess I just need to find the next outlet... @jennydalimata and I are thinking....
I’ll never forget this day.
Leaving camp with a sore back from the defective therarest, we took off running for the China wall.
After a few miles the assent began, we rounded a corner, and BAMN! There is was 💗
Everyone told me how cool it would be to stand at the foot of it, this exceeded all my expectations.
We ran alongside for hours. It’s massive. It goes on forever. Towards the end as we looked for our split off of the CDT trail, a bear was spotted... and our sights turned to following it up an intense short uphill. After some time and realizing what we’d done (squirrel!) we realized we were at the summit of the wall’s south end. This photo doesn’t do it justice. Not in the least. Views straight down and steep as heck.
Funny how sometimes you stumble upon amazing events when those squirrel moments arise... this was a highlight of my day 💗
I have two favorite flowers of the world...
Tulips as my “domestic” & fireweed as my wildflower
But these???? I might make up a 3rd category as a comedy flower! These always crack me up... the Dr Seuss flower
I thought hiking vertical in Glacier was tough... switchback pass proved to be a whole different ballgame. Day 4 of the Bob Marshall started us near Gates Park and we ended up 29 miles of what seemed mostly vert later at Trilobite lakes.
Not having my Canon with me was the worst mental game I played during the 6 days of running. This put me sometimes in a funk which quickly would dissolve when you turn a corner to head yet over another pass. The thoughts in my head would spin to my 2 fave songs & one foot in front of the another...
It’s a strange and detached feeling I get seeing the very few things I have hanging in this dead tree among Trilobite lake. I was the first one up day 5s morning, set down the bags, and got items together for the aeropress coffee alongside the tiny lake high up in the elevation of the Bob Marshall Wilderness 💗
Why do I do this? Run these crazy. Amounts of miles....
Could be for many reasons...
To bring viewers in to see things way out in the wilderness
Visually inspire others
To fuel my passion of adventure & photography
To prove something to myself
To finally lose some weight
To see just how I can push these legs and my mind
To work on my fear of being alone in the middle of nowhere
Get away from the hub-bub of daily life
mandatory vacation with no cellular service
Or just simply because someone asked me to...
Whatever the reason or for whatever reasons.... I’m so happy I did..
Night 2 of a 6 day run.
Limited support on the 140 mile run, but Hannah to the rescue bringing us our stashes for 3 days 3 nights of food.... I had my last energy chomp an hour before... dang was she a sight for sore eyes!
A peaceful morning on Big Salmon Lake 💗 The first 27 miles done. 26 on the books for day 2.
A slow morning felt so good after getting in as the sun was setting the night before.
Cue the geese and blue morning skies.
With a group of 4, we trail ran in the wilderness for 6 days straight, 139 miles, and 25k elevation gain.
I left not thinking I would make it up the first pass but finished strong.
I hoped for more coming out. I envisioned so much more coming to light running where there is rarely a soul as minutes, hours, miles pass each day. I had a few songs that would stick in my head, a few conversations I had prior to entering, some personal goals...
I left the wilderness without answers. And I’ve learned that’s okay. We get out what we put in. 💗
I’m still scared of bears when I sleep, I’m still stubborn and cant stop won’t stop, I still can’t sleep well in a sleeping bag on solid ground since my therarest failed, I still have lots of the same feelings that I went in with 💗🤟🏼🌷and I’m the same person that went it but came out stronger mentally.
Photo by @matthewbartkiewicz
I’ve never been on a backpack trip for more than a night, so to set off in the am on a 6 day run through the wilderness will be nothing less than incredible!!
I think I got it all... at least all that will fit in a pack while I run!
Caught my first bully last week on the south fork, just a lil girl but she was strong and healthy heading into the spawn. I love these fish because of the amazing places where they’re found #westslope#bobmarshall#montana#torotoro
My son Borrowed my camera and snapped this photo that I love. Great angle, great perspective, amazing mood. He captured the bleakness of the rainy weather. I know it wasn’t completely intentional but I’m happy that he tried some different. We also had a great time at the music at the @bobmarshallmusic
Grateful for designated wilderness areas & four days of riding & fly fishing along the North & South Fork of the Sun River in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Lots of big smiles & laughter in the saddle with humans & horses I love deeply. This planet is so beautiful & my heart is full. 🌲🐻🌲#bigskycountry#lifeofanadventureguide
Not everyone at the @bobmarshallmusic fest was by the stage. Our boys used the music as a soundtrack to their epic light saber battle that spanned the breadth of the festival grounds, including a creek with bridges, ponderosa pine trees, campers, and food trucks. Adventure is where you find it. We found it in #seeleylake#Montana