The Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
An unsupported traverse of a Northern Rockies wilderness in the tradition of Bob Marshall and the Alaska Mountain and Wilderness Classic.
Start: 0800 (MDT), Saturday May 25 (2013), Benchmark TH, Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Finish: Bear Creek TH/parking lot (Highway 2/Middle Fork junction)
-You must be entirely self-supported, and leave nothing but footprints. Start with what you need, and finish with everything with which you started save food eaten and fuel burned.
-Be prepared, psychologically, physically, logistically. The Open will take you through big wilderness during a time which will provide perhaps the most challenging conditions of the whole year. If you’re not prepared, your chances of dying are decent. [A special note for 2013: do not mess with the Middle Fork.]
-Be nice, and obey all natural and man-made laws. If this is at all ambiguous, please don’t come.
-There is no required equipment. Suggested equipment would include, but is certainly not limited to, gear (and knowledge) to deal with flooding rivers, bad weather, over-snow travel, avalanche danger, hungry Grizzlies not long out of the den, and the unexpected (i.e. a broken ankle).
-Any human-powered means of locomotion within the area bounded by Highways 200, 2, 83, 89, and 287 is allowed. No linear travel on the surface of paved roads whatsoever.
-Neither the Open nor anyone associated however vaguely with it takes any responsibility for participant safety, whereabouts, bailing, or contact. Arrange and be prepared to execute your own contingency plans. We will not come looking for you!
-This is not a race.
-2012: Teton River Bridge to Hungry Bear, Bob Marshall complex