This summer we took an excursion to Big Creek Lake! 8 local middle school youth embarked on a 5-day backpacking journey through the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
|Off we go!|
Through rain, shine, and smoke, we made it through with many fun stories along the way.
|Fun and games along the way.|
The first day was filled with rain, wind, and chills but we made it through!
Our youth learned the importance of teamwork, resiliency and hanging food.
|Bear claws along the trail|
We had a lot fun in the creeks along the way, crossing bridges and exploring the trail.
On day 2, featuring a large elevation leap and hours trudging through heavy brush we made it to our destination: Big Creek Lake!
Day 3, was filled with hiking, swimming, and fishing.
|He caught a fish! Whoa|
Some of us stayed near camp and took a dip near the lake, while others embarked on a 2 mile hike through the back country.
On day 4, we had to leave our campsite for the journey back home. In 94 degree temperatures, we decided to cool off with a quick lake dip.
|A quick dip before leaving our site|
The journey back down was faster, filled with educational stops along the way.
|The kids learning about snakes and other wildlife.|
Our evenings were filled with fun,
|A mid-evening snack! Yummy chocolate.|
Our B.E.A.R. cubs had a great time in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, traveling 20 miles in 5 days! Give them a roar for their determination.
|Time for a water break|
Expect to hear more about our backpacking adventures, this fall.
If you have a youth interested in backpacking this fall, contact us at (406) 363-5410 or visit bearmt.org
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