By Steve Lamar
Upper Swan Valley Historical Society 

Bob Marshall's epic trip of 1928: The final two days


A legendary advocate for wild country, 27-year-old Bob Marshall hiked an astounding 288 miles in eight days during the summer of 1928. Much of his arduous backcountry trip took place in the wilderness that would later bear his name.

Over the years I have explored and hiked much of the area in the Mission Mountains that Bob Marshall visited during the final two days of his trip 91 years ago. I climbed most of the mountains he climbed and camped in the same area he camped. While Bob Marshall averaged 36 miles a day on his journey, I averaged 6-7 miles per day at best. After examining his car...

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