First Pack Trip Departs into Bob Marshall Wilderness

SEELEY LAKE-A line of 10 mules, interspersed with the occasional ranch hand on horseback, wound its way down the trail into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The mules each carried a large canvas covered pack on either side of their back-enough supplies and food to last four days.

The first pack trip of the season was underway.

Several hours earlier, at 7:10 a.m. Gail Theard and her family from North Carolina arrived at the Rich Ranch to start their trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Jack Rich, owner of the ranch, greeted them by the barn.

"This is officially swap howdy time," he said.

He gave...


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