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  • #3762924
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    The 2023 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open was announced by Dave C, is as follows:

    The 2023 Open will start at 0800 MDT, Saturday May 27th, at the Owl Creek TH on Holland Lake, and finish at the obelisk at Marias Pass.  Course area is all public land in Montana.    The usual guidelines apply.

    -This is not a race.

    -You must be entirely self-supported and self-contained.  Take everything you need, and leave nothing behind but footprints.  Any pre-planned assistance of any kind is forbidden.

    -Any form of human-powered locomotion is allowed within the identified course area.  No linear travel on the surface of paved roads.

    -You are responsible for you.  Come prepared for challenging conditions which can easily, with improper luck or preparation, turn life-threatening.  Any and all contingency and emergency plans must be arranged in advance by each individual.

    Anyone considering it?

    #3762954
    James Taylor
    BPL Member

    @james-taylor

    Locale: Indy

    Thanks Mike. I’ve been training for this year, so I’m in. Looking forward to it!

    #3762966
    Sandy Hilton
    BPL Member

    @sahilton

    Locale: PNW

    Certainly on my radar.

    #3763054
    Tom M
    BPL Member

    @twofeathers

    Locale: Kalispell

    James,

    Good to hear you will be joining us again!

    #3763057
    Michael Gillenwater
    BPL Member

    @mwgillenwater

    Locale: Seattle area

    A buddy of mine (younger and fitter) and I are preliminarily planning on joining this year for the first time. I’ve been backpacking and packrafting in the Bob every year for 20 years (summer only), but never joined the Open before.  Hope to make it happen.

    #3763171
    Dan M
    BPL Member

    @danqm

    Michigan crew planning on a return this year !

    #3763331
    Josh J
    BPL Member

    @uahiker

    I’ve been training for a long time and if things go right…. I should finally be able to join in as a foot soldier, maybe one day as a floater.  So does 22 miles in 9hrs, with a little over 2100ft gain/loss count for anything?

    #3763559
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    It counts; right out of the gate to get over the Swan crest from Holland Lake is a little over 3000′ in 5 miles

    #3763772
    Elliot H
    BPL Member

    @elliotwdh

    I’ll be back for 2023. Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and new terrain.

    #3768099
    Adam R
    BPL Member

    @rhinocesaurus

    Finally going to make it to the starting line this year, been watching for the last 4 years hoping to make it work. I was a guide in the Bob 10 years ago so I’m really excited to get back into the heart of it! Based in Missoula if anyone wants to team up on some training trips.

    #3768104
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    good thing it’s not now, Gates Park is predicted to see -50 F – Yowsers!

    we’ll be a balmy -35 thankfully :D

    #3768105
    Adam R
    BPL Member

    @rhinocesaurus

    This weather has actually had me thinking about how the Blackfeet nation handled some of the brutal weather that area dishes out. I can’t imagine sleeping in a teepee at those temps.

    #3768109
    Josh J
    BPL Member

    @uahiker

    If memory serves me correctly I remember watching a documentary on that. I believe they used a double layer system with thick fur hides as a layer along with people and body heat. Not saying it would have been pleasant but they were much tougher than us and smarter living in those conditions.

    Similar to those who live in parts of Siberia where the average temperatures are -50 on average, schools don’t close till -70

    #3768110
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    tough SOB’s back then without any doubt!

     

     

    #3768111
    Josh J
    BPL Member

    @uahiker

    this is what i was thinking of

    YouTube video

    #3768113
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    not UL, but looks cozy!!!

     

    #3768114
    Josh J
    BPL Member

    @uahiker

    lol, there’s nothing UL about -50 or lower…. :)

    #3768115
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    lol, there’s nothing UL about -50 or lower…. :)

    agreed!

    #3768125
    darren hull
    BPL Member

    @mtboy

    Locale: Pinedale

    I’m in I think. Looks paddle friendly… if friendly is the right word during high water. Has everybody been keeping up with the drama surrounding the Holland lake land swap? https://www.savehollandlake.com/. There is an open comment period right now. I am not up on the nuances of it but I’m always interested when huge corporations start eating away at our public lands. Not looking to get too political, but researching Holland lake for this year’s route I stumbled on a lot of information.

    #3769129
    Adam R
    BPL Member

    @rhinocesaurus

    I’m looking into some training trips into the Bob this spring. Just wondering if anyone thinks an out and back from Monture to Hahn Creek cabin is a good trip for training and if the trailhead is accessible. I haven’t been in from Monture before. TIA

    #3769157
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    Monture should be accessible (it’s a little shy of the “official” trailhead as they only plow to the bridge).  Last year the Army had pretty much taken over the whole area, hoping they aren’t back this year.

    I think it would make great training, time spent on snowshoes is always worth the effort imho.

    #3769173
    John N
    BPL Member

    @airlocksniffer

    Locale: Montana

    I’m definitely a hard maybe.  Been out the last few years due to conflicts with my son’s soccer schedule but he’s graduating this year so the regular Memorial Day tournament probably won’t happen.  Now just depends on my fitness from now until then.  I’ve been deeply missing this experience and really need to get it done at least one more time…..

    #3769245
    Adam R
    BPL Member

    @rhinocesaurus

    Generally speaking, at what point in the spring do the shifts start working well? I know it will be highly dependent on the snow melt. I’m guessing I’ll need full size snowshoes until mid-April on an average year?

    #3769272
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    You’ll definitely want full sized shoes now.  I was potholing bad yesterday in the Elkhorns- a thin layer of crust and then feet of corn snow underneath- builds character :)

    There are times full sized snowshoes would be most welcomed in May too, just a matter of the weight then.

    #3769631
    Tyler J
    BPL Member

    @mnjones

    First timer from MN here, planning to be there (finally!). Planning to go on foot as I don’t have much rafting experience.

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