Well, I made it back safely from Montana last week, and my long anticipated Beartooth Mountains traverse, in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. I failed to make it to the summit of Granite Mountain like I had planned, simply because I had no time to get there. In 2-1/2 days, I managed to cover 54 miles across much of the range. If it had been a one way trip, with a car shuttle or a pickup waiting for me on the other end, I have no doubt I could have completed the trip as intended. Instead, I had only to run from Friday afternoon until Saturday night- and then, turn back around the way I came.
One factor that slowed me down was the difficult route finding through the forest sections, as well as the immense scree/ boulder fields I encountered along the way. I met some elk and deer and beautiful cutthroat trout on my journey. It was an unforgettable experience, and one that I would like to repeat in the future. My backpack was lighter than it has ever been, which made the trip even more enjoyable. This is merely a short synapses of the trip. Please stay tuned for more detailed updates about day by day experiences, and the gear specific details of the simplistic ultralight backpacking system I used.
(tag: beartooth , backpacking , photography )