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Team: North
Dana Bell
Sunday, September 8
SEPTEMBER 8, 2002

Rain Camp, Gros Ventre Wilderness to Granite Creek Trailhead & KOA, Wilson, WY

It was a cold damp morning to wake up to. I really would have just liked to have curled up and stayed in my sleeping bag all morning. But, felt guilty, the boys were up calling Charlie and trying to figure out exactly where we were and where we were going to go. We all packed up wet tents, ate a quick breakfast and headed up the hillside we had descended the night before. At the treeline, hour of climbing, we checked our location and the GPS said we should be within feet of the trail. We spread out and sure enough there it was. So, on we proceeded. However, again, slippery, slick mud slowed our progress and several more locations where game trails, cow trails, lack of hiking traffic, and little maintenance hid the trail from us. Several good decisions/guesses finally brought us to the right drainage and we dropped down onto the final, well-defined leg of the trail. About an 11-mile plus day, persistence, Support Team data, and teamwork brought us home after one of the most difficult legs of our Journey. Thinking back, the trail was no more strenuous then others we had been on, the distance not greater and the rain - well, wed encountered lots of rain - but the effect of the rain, MUD, not only boasted the difficulty but also took much of the pleasure away from the days through the Gros Ventre.

Prior to our departure we had been told that the Forest Service was managing the Gros Ventre to be wild, true untrammeled Wilderness. However, if the public is going to be indirectly invited in by trails indicated on maps and trailheads then there should be some level of maintenance, blazing (tree marking), cairns, or primitive and unobtrusive signing to allow the public to with some degree of safety negotiate indicated trails.

How great to get into camp for a hot shower. But, best of all were several guests, one being Paul Slavik from American Honda. Paul is a colleague of mine from California and over the years become a special friend - and it was so good to see a friend from home after 41 days on the trail! From the Journey, dana
for Sunday, September 8
North South Both




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Team: North
Dana Bell
Dana and Mike by a beaver dam.
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Monday, September 23
Dana Bell
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Sunday, September 22
Dana Bell
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Saturday, September 21
Dana Bell
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Thursday, September 19
Dana Bell
Seedskadee NWR
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Wednesday, September 18
Dana Bell
KEMMERER TO SEEDSKADEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
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Monday, September 16
Dana Bell
SCALER CABIN TO WEEPING ROCK
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Sunday, September 15
Dana Bell
JACKSON TO SCALER CABIN
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Saturday, September 14
Dana Bell
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Friday, September 13
Dana Bell
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Thursday, September 12
Dana Bell
LITTLE GREYS RIVER TO BLIND BULL MINE TRAILHEAD
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Wednesday, September 11
Dana Bell
CLIFF CREEK TO LITTLE GREYS RIVER
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Tuesday, September 10
Dana Bell
KOA CAMPGROUND, WILSON, WY
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Monday, September 9
Dana Bell
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Sunday, September 8
Dana Bell
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Saturday, September 7
Dana Bell
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Thursday, September 5
Dana Bell
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Wednesday, September 4
Dana Bell
SUMMIT LAKE TO MADISON CAMPGROUND
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Tuesday, September 3
Dana Bell
BUFFALO CAMP TO SUMMIT LAKE
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Monday, September 2
Dana Bell
BLAIR LAKE TO BUFFALO CAMP
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Sunday, September 1
Dana Bell
SPRING CREEK TO BLAIR LAKE
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Saturday, August 31
Dana Bell
EAST CAMAS TO SPRING CREEK
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Friday, August 30
Dana Bell
DAY 31 - TABLE MOUNTAIN & MISTY OF KILKORE
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Thursday, August 29
Dana Bell
Shineberger to Old Beaver Campground, Dubois Ranger District, Targhee National Forest, Idaho
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Thursday, August 29
Dana Bell
LITTLE SHEEP CREEK TO SHINEBERGER
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Tuesday, August 27
Dana Bell
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Monday, August 26
Dana Bell
Camp Life and Lewis and Clark
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Sunday, August 25
Dana Bell
My Tent
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Saturday, August 24
Dana Bell
WILDLIFE DAY
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Thursday, August 22
Dana Bell
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Wednesday, August 21
Dana Bell
Day 22: Bushwhacking by Foot & Horse
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Tuesday, August 20
Dana Bell
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Monday, August 19
Dana Bell
COLD CREEK WATER & MICKEY
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Saturday, August 17
Dana Bell
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Friday, August 16
Dana Bell
FAMILY & HAPPY BIRTHDAY JON
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Monday, August 12
Dana Bell
SCAPEGOAT MOUNTAIN
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Monday, August 12
Dana Bell
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Sunday, August 11
Dana Bell
SENTINEL MOUNTAIN
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Saturday, August 10
Dana Bell
Sentinel Mountain
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Tuesday, August 6
Dana Bell
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Friday, August 2
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Wednesday, July 31
Dana Bell
Get ready, get set, go!
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Tuesday, July 23
Dana Bell
First Journal Entry
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