cool vid from one of only two Bob Marshall Open finishers

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  1. mtwarden

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    Dan posted up this video that gives you a nice peek into the Bob Marshall Open- he was one of only two that was able to finish this year.

     
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    Thanks for sharing these. I've explored, hiked and done enough backpacking in Montana to recognize just how amazing that terrain is. The area around the Flathead Valley is maybe the best spot I know of in the state.

    Gives me goosebumps. :)
     
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    fantastic video- I had never even heard of this- THANKS!
     
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    And he took the time to record video while he was at it. The miles he was putting in were insane, pack raft or not.
     
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    Dude, that's just incredible. I aspire to be on half of that level one day. I'm a good swimmer and a decent canoer (canoeist?), but those water crossings ... Daggum. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    that is great, what a performance.

    You doing it next year?
     
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    Wow. Those river crossings were no joke. Thanks for sharing the video. Looks like pack rafts were definitely needed.
     
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    Wow. Amazing demonstration of skills right there! So awesome and inspiring.

    Between this video and one I watched about Karl Metzler... I'll be pushing myself on the next few runs :)

    Good stuff. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Wow! Those creek crossings were tough. Congratulations to him for finishing and no shame for those with enough sense to bail.
     
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    Dan is a really neat guy and obviously tough as nails. I think this is 5th or 6th finish.

    oh yeah :) this was my fourth year participating and clearly the toughest to date

    the only two finishers, both had rafts and while clearly they help cover miles quickly, they also enable someone to cross what would be uncrossable waters, BUT you need to be a very proficient white water rafter to even consider putting in a raft in these treacherous waters

    to be honest, I didn't think anyone would finish this year, that both those guys did is incredible in my mind

    yup- no regrets on our decision to pull the pin, the fords were getting tougher and tougher (and taking longer) and after visiting with Dan, we would have never gotten across the Middle Fork of the Flathead without a raft, so we made the right choice

    of course we ended having some major drama even after we decided to bail at the end of day three :)
     
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    That's an expedition condensed to 60 hours.
    Beautiful country.

    Good luck next year.
     
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    Incredible, couldn't even imagine doing something like that.

    Can you explain the mileage/hours - ie, 2miles an hour overall avg.? Is that like hiking 16hrs @ 3 mls/hr (or 48 miles), and sleeping 8hrs, every day/24 hr period?
     
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    You and Dan are studs.

    I enjoyed following your respective journeys for years on BPL. This seemed like a tough one, for sure.
     
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    yeah the 2-ish mile average is counting time around the clock, sleep, breaks, eating, crawling through deadfall, blowing up/packing up raft, etc

    pretty incredible especially considering all the things conspiring to slow you down- the ascents, blowdown, navigating without a trail, snowshoeing, tough fords, etc

    he travelled roughly 120 miles in under 60 hours- I don’t think he got a ton of sleep

    now rafting (especially at higher flows) can really add to the mileage- the other guy that finished, hiked roughy 20 miles the first day, but figured he rafted 50-ish miles- 70-ish miles in day is not too shabby :4:
     
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    @to Ha thank you Sir, a compliment to be included with Dan :)
     
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    That sounds fast and fun but maybe a bit stressful at times!
     
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    Great video, thank you for sharing!
     
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    I'd agree with that :4: we will sometimes get folks that have no intention of finishing the entire route, but want a challenge- the Bob Marshall Open has never disappointed in that regard
     
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    Maybe it's my age and greater sense of vulnerability, but I can't imagine tackling something like that alone. If I could get into good enough shape, I'd be "in" for attempting something like that with a buddy or two, but if mt "stud hoss" warden had to bail out of this one, I'd probably hit the wall after the first day! Kudos to him for the accomplishment, and to any who gave it a go as well!
     
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    funny thing, a couple of years ago there was a thread started by the guy who organizes the event announcing the starting and finishing points (they change every year). What doesn’t change is the starting date, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Someone posted to the thread that you would get a lot more participants if he held in August vs May, as most of the snow would be gone, the streams much easier to ford, the trail crews would have many of the trails cleared, etc. Dave responded with “well that’s the point” :4:

    Dave participated in a couple of Alaska Wilderness Classic events (its definitely worth googling) and thought that we (Montana) could host a similar event in the Bob Marshall Complex. He was right :)
     
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    hats off to the finishers but also to you and all the participants.

    how the heck does someone do those first 18 miles in 6 hrs though? this is a performance level I am not familiar with.
     
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    new bucket list item. amazing, just amazing!
     
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    Considering the elevation gain and condition of the trail (not to mention watering up, taking a breather, etc) that’s really moving!
     
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    that's exactly what I mean!

    as part of my cardiac rehab I do 30 minutes on treadmill at 3.2mph on 5% grade and that's chugging along. I can't imagine doing that under those conditions.

    even 2 mph seems like he'd have to be running part of the time. huge respect...
     
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