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FOREWARD

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space.”

“Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”

— Edward Abbey

Somewhere in Montana…

Life on earth will never been the same since you died and left this world Ed. Thats not a fact I understand because I’ve noticed anything different since you’ve been gone… No, it’s just plainly obvious through the written words you left behind that you possessed an original way of thinking.

You had something unique to offer the world as an agitator and thought provoker. Thanks for all the writings and wisdoms you left us with Ed Abbey… You are one of my biggest heroes in the never-ending battle for good to conquer over evil. For love to defeat hate. For freedom and justice be brought to all. For truth to eventually prevail over bullshit and demagoguery.

– Dunc

  • Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula
  • 628,115 Acres Surrounding Olympic National Park
  • 220 Inches of Average Annual Precipitation
  • 250,000+ Acres of Intact Old Growth Rain Forest
Olympic Rainforest
Rain often.
Sunshine occasionally,
Sensually like having a metaphysical experience with a color.
Green is that color.
Green like you’ve never seen.
Seriously.
The largest amount of green that I’m personally aware of.

Olympic National Forest summary

Be prepared for wet and wild. And green. Whole lot of green.

  • Farthest Northwestern Corner of Montana
  • 2.2+ Million Acres of Mystical and Shining Forest owned by the American Public
  • Twice as Much Annual Precipitation Compared to all other National Forests in Montana
  • Pacific Maritime Climate Supports Plant Communities Usually Only Found on the Pacific Coast
Upper Falls, Lower West Fork Yaak River

Kootenai National Forest Summary

The moistest forest tromp in the state of Montana.

  • Northeast Oregon
  • 2,392,508 Acres Managed by the Forest Service
  • 170,000+ Acres of Old Growth Forest
  • Diverse Eco-Systems from Low Elevation Grasslands to High Alpine Meadows
The Peaks of the Wallowas, Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Summary

→ Highly recommend that you get high and go high when adventuring in the Wallowas. Looking out over distant vistas from a ridge-top it took three hours to hike up, just wouldn’t be the same without also taking a few puffs from grandpa’s premium quality medicine stash first. Get high and go high is the best advice I have.

Bitterroot Range
  • Idaho and Montana
  • Sub-Range of the Rocky Mountains
  • Range Spans 24,223 Square Miles
  • Scotts Peak Idaho is Highest Point @ 11,398 feet
  • The Bitterroot, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lolo, and Salmon National Forests
The Bitterroots

Bitterroot Range Summary

I’ve personally been addicted to hiking ever since one fateful high summit in the Bitterroots.

Cascade Range
  • Washington, Oregon, & California
  • Spanning 58,497 Square Miles
  • Major Range Casting a Rain Shadow Over Land to the East of the Crest
  • Highest Point is Mount Rainier, Washington at 14,411 Feet Above Sea Level
  • Mt. Rainier, North Cascades, Crater Lake, & Lassen Volcanic National Parks
  • Includes portions of a dozen different National Forests
North Cascades

CASCADE RANGE SUMMARY

Go steep. Feel large. Stay in charge. The peaks of the Cascade range are broad, beautiful, and considerably dangerous. That’s also what makes them so great. Challenge your mind, your body, your limits, your beliefs, your assumptions, your personal boundaries, and maybe even risk your life, on any ascent within the boundaries of these breathtaking mountainous peaks. Cowabunga Dude.

Teton Range
  • Wyoming & Idaho
  • Sub-Range of the Rocky Mountains
  • Range Spans 1,292 Square Miles
  • Highest Point is Grand Teton, Wyoming at 13,775 Feet Above Sea Level
  • One of the Most Compact Ranges of the Rockies Rising over 7,000 Vertical Feet
  • Partially Located within Grand Teton National Park
Grandest Mountain Views Around

TETON RANGE SUMMARY

See the Tetons and become awe-struck by magnificent natural beauty. The grandest of the grand, as far as magnificent natural beauty goes.

Mount Adams
  • 2nd Highest Peak in Washington State
  • 12,281 Feet Above Sea Level
  • Active Volcano
  • Inside the Mt. Adams Wilderness and Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Mount Adams is a Beast

MOUNT ADAMS SUMMARY

An excellent mountain to stomp yourself upon so long as your cool with having an active volcano underneath your feet. Helens lives next door and she blew her lid large back in May 1980.

  • Highest Peak in Oregon
  • 11,249 Feet Above Sea Level
  • Active Volcano
  • Within the Mt Hood National Forest
Good in the Hood

MOUNT HOOD SUMMARY

The hipsters in Portland might know something about Mt. Hood. Perhaps you could ask them for the inside scoop.

Granite Peak
  • Highest Peak in Montana
  • 12,807 Feet Above Sea Level
  • In the Absoroka-Beartooth Wilderness
  • Near Yellowstone National Park
Granite Peak is no laughing matter

GRANITE PEAK SUMMARY

The second most difficult state high point to climb after Denali in Alaska. At least that’s what I’ve been told because I haven’t climbed either one of them yet.

Salmon River
  • Idaho
  • 425 Miles Long
  • Longest Un-Dammed River in the United States
  • 125 Miles Protected with Designation from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968
  • One of the Eight Original Rivers Protected by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act in 1968
River Canyon of No Return

SALMON “WILD” RIVER SUMMARY

Nicknamed the “River of No Return” for more than one reason. The saddest being the fact that the river’s namesake fish, the salmon, haven’t really been able to make it back home for a while now. Even so, the scenic qualities of the Salmon River continue to be completely out of this world. An absolute fucking treasure trove of wonderful wild river beauty. Truly awe-inspiring and magnificent.

  • Montana
  • Main River is 158 Miles, Middle Fork is 92 Miles, South Fork Tributary is 98 miles
  • Wildest River in the Contiguous 48 States
  • 219 Miles Protected with Designation from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968
or Raft Crafts

FLATHEAD “WILD” RIVER SUMMARY

A river that cuts through the wildest and most beautiful wilderness remaining in the state of Montana? Case Closed. My all time favorite river.

  • North Idaho
  • Wild and Scenic Rivers Act Designated
  • Wild” — 26.6 miles; “Recreational”— 39.7 miles; Total River Protected— 66.3 miles
Winding the Mountains

ST. JOE “WILD” RIVER SUMMARY

Not much is known about the St. Joe River besides the fact that she’s never once ceased her flow of splendid river beauty.

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