The long summer hike

It’s a good problem to have, but summer around here is getting long in the tooth. 6 weeks of good weather and 16+ hours of daylight each day must be filled, and inevitably energy runs low before either days or possibilities, no matter how insistent the looming winter is that all useable moments must be put to good use. Fitting work and life maintenance into that schedule makes summer quite hectic.

Thus, I’m excited to head out into the Bob for a little over a week, and to do so with only a modest and vague plan. I batted around all sorts of options for this week: the Teton Wilderness, northern Alberta, one of several high traverses in Glacier, but I kept coming back to the Bob, and a few days ago committed fully.

Six years ago I entered the Bob for the first time, via the trail I’ll be hiking tonight and tomorrow. It’s been the major catalyst for my learning about real wilderness travel, and as the years have gone by I’ve only wanted to spend more time there. This next week, I’m giving myself that wish, with permission to wander, and no need to end up anywhere at any particular time (save next Sunday when M will pick me up along highway 2). Should be fun.

4 responses to “The long summer hike”

  1. Toilet paper? Pshaw. I hope it was a week of superb wandering, Dave.

  2. Should have come to Alberta…but have a superb trip! Not gonna lie; I’m liking that pack the more I look at it. And .410s and fishing rods are highly underrated in ultralight hiking, so glad to see I’m not the only one.

    1. Saw some of your videos which got my imagination going for sure. We’ll have to keep in touch.

      1. For sure. Heading out with the packraft to Fortress Lake tonight. Going to do a week-long trip in 2.5 days. Should be fun.

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