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In May 2008, we managed to finagle a few hooky days from the Backpacking Light (indoor) office to explore one of Backpacking Light’s (outdoor) offices: the Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness near Bozeman, Montana.
In addition to being a premiere backcountry destination, the Bear Trap offers a number of neat hazards: howling winds, rattlesnakes, poison ivy, bears, and – what we were most interested in – whitewater.
So, we added packrafts, paddles, throw ropes, helmets, and PFD’s to our kit and set out on one of those gloriously simple overnight trips to do simple things: walk and paddle. Little did we know that we’d also swim, freeze, and itch.
This is a two part story. This first part – a video podcast, or “videocast” – presents the highlights of our trek from Ryan’s point of view. The second part, a “Notes from the Field” article, will explore the trip in more detail with narrative from Bill’s point of view, plus gear notes and lots of photos.
– Ryan and Bill
Accompanying article by Bill Stadwiser can be found here.