Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Betty Vanderwielen

Tales of Swan Valley outfitters


August 8, 2019

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

After demonstrating how to wrap and tie an outfitting pack, Tom Parker (left) and Rod Boothby (right) tie the packs to the mule and adjust them for balance.

SWAN VALLEY – Outfitting is not easy, and it certainly won't make a person rich, but the memories and experience of breathing in the wilderness will reward and sustain the outfitter for the rest of his or her life. That's the bare bones of what the speakers had to say Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS) program entitled Outfitting and Guiding in the Swan Valley and Surrounding Areas. The yarns and anecdotes that filled out those bare bones, that is what made the program so interesting, enjoyable and often hilariously funny.

USVHS Board Member Helene Michae...

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