Location- East Glacier
Elevation- 4,813 ft
Distance Traveled Today- zero
Distance Traveled Total- 93.8 miles
Weather/Temp- Rain, dun, 60s
Pain level- none
Wildlife encounters- stray dogs
Days without shower- 0
Days without Laundry- 1
Finally reunited with the scallywag this morning! Tyler and his friend Chris brought her all the way over from Kalispell around 7:45am. Both Tyler and Hannah took great care of her for the past week, and she got along great with their two Shibas. I can’t thank them enough for the kindness and generosity they’ve shown me and the pup.
(most of the pics on this post were sent to me by Hannah and Tyler while they had Katana!)
As an extra measure of kindness, Tyler and Chris took us about fifteen minutes up the road to the nearest grocery store to resupply for this next stretch. They hung out for a couple hours afterwards making friendly conversation, sharing advice about the upcoming section, and watching Katana while we got our stuff out of the hostel and squared our food away. Upon their departure, Tyler made it clear that we were welcome to come visit anytime, and that we’d always have a place to stay if we wanted to hunt, fish, or further explore the area in the future. Awesome human beings!
Now for the details on this next stretch. Upon leaving East Glacier, we will have the longest food carry of our hiking careers. Unless you mailed a package to a private residence about 135 miles from East Glacier, you will have to hike 195 miles to get to the next easily accessed town. I’m not mailing a package (Schweppes did), so I’m going the full 195. This is one heck of a way to break myself and Katana back into trail life. Due to the critical planning for this next leg of the journey, we decided to take a zero day to get everything perfectly in order before having a fresh start tomorrow.
So how am I planning to carry food for potentially 8 to 10 days? The answer is (my answer at least)…a lot of instant rice. I have plenty of food for Katana, and more than enough rice for me (about 4 pounds). I could potentially run out of the snacks I brought along, but there’s no way I’ll eat all the rice before we make it thru. The absolute worst that could happen is I end up eating rice for every meal. To be truthful, the idea of only having rice to eat absolutely horrifies me, but at least I won’t starve.
The elevation gains through this big stretch don’t look too terrible, so I think we’ll be able to make fairly good miles each day, without killing ourselves. It doesn’t get dark until well after ten right now, so having nearly 17 hours of daylight to hike in is a huge advantage. The plan will be to get 20 to 25 miles a day, more if we can do so relatively comfortably.
I’m excited to see how this big section plays out. Yes I’m nervous, but that’s what gives me the thrill. I have every confidence in little dog, as she was able to average 20 miles a day with me through the 500 miles of Washington State last year without hardly a fuss. Our biggest day being 27 miles in snow, wind and rain.
So that’s the game plan! We’re going to push hard every day and see what the trail has in store for us. I can get about 6 or 7 charges on my phone with the battery pack I have, so I’m going to have to be very sparing. Only pictures, nightly journaling, maybe a phone call every now and then, but that’s it. I don’t know what cell reception will be like, but I’ll try to get updates out if I can. It takes a while to upload pictures onto these blog posts, so I may not be able to do full blog updates while we’re out there for the sake of saving battery. If I can, I will do a short overview update to summarize our progress, then upload the full individual daily journals once we’ve come out the other side. We’ll see what happens!