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Team: North
Friday, August 23, 2002
Riding the Continental Divide
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Horsebacking through the Helena National Forest

Horsebacking through the Helena National Forest
Courtesy Rob Carlo

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Team North cuts the ribbon on a newly-completed section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, which they've come to know well as it passes through the mountains of Montana

Team North cuts the ribbon on a newly-completed section of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, which they've come to know well as it passes through the mountains of Montana

Team North continues along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail on horseback, riding from Homestake Lake to an undeveloped site at the edge of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, southeast of Butte, Montana. En route, they cross the Highland Mountains, and will gain nearly 2000 feet in altitude, ending up at nearly 8400 feet above sea level. Good thing they have those fuzzy black American Frontiers vests!

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is the largest in Montana, covering 3.32 million acres. Only 5 paved roads cross this forest, but nearly 3000 miles of trails snake into its mountains and valleys. The area around Butte is one of the oldest mining districts in Montana, and the forest is still managed with mining as a major use.

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The Trek: A Public Lands Journey
The Journey, or Trek, involved two groups of travelers: one starting north from the Mexican border and the second headed south from the Canadian. Their route lay entirely on public lands, a feat that has never been accomplished before. The trek began on July 31, 2002 and ended two months later when the two teams met in Wasatch-Cache National Forest near Salt Lake City, Utah on September 27.

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