With sad news we are forced to announce the postponing of the Montana Expedition presented by AFTCO, sponsored by Garmin and Optrix. This morning we awoke to news of the temporary closure of the Bob Marshall Wilderness in the Spotted and Great bear regions due to intense wildfires throughout the area. Safety is the main concern for all parties involved especially the pack animals that would have taken our gear and us to the source. With 17000, yes you read that right, thousand acres scorched within 4 hours we are not willing to take that risk of not having a way out, besides the recommendations by our local friends at Paddle Fish Sports and the wonderful and beyond helpful US park service in the area.
On Wednesday, after the partial closure of the upper half of the Southfork the plans were to continue the adventure and leave by either float plane, hiking 30 miles, or meeting up with an outfitter to pack us back out. These plans would have never been feasible without Southern Raft Supply, Watershed Drybags and additional support from AFTCO to sponsor the changed extraction point, and for that we cannot thank them enough.
We plan to stay with the original adventure plans that took so long to create and attempt this journey in early October. We are so appreciative of the understanding and loyal support of our fantastic sponsors.