Floating the Middle Fork on Horses
It’s funny; if you have 10 of the hardest miles of the most technical riding you have ever done, and 65 miles of buffed trailed, it is the 10 miles that really stand out.
We were expecting the downed tress. The plastic wedges, ax, and packers saw made an impassible trail passable. Moving, on average, 1 mile per hour through the thick of it, we blistered our hands on the saw. We weren’t expecting the blow outs, near horse wrecks, and bouldery obstructions in the trail. Katelyn and I were an extremely efficient team, collaborating about some things, and finishing each others thoughts on others. Once we made it past the final hurtle (metaphorically and literally), in the trail above Pistol Creek Rapid, the rest of the trip was cake. Well, for the most part.
We rode the first 60 miles of the famous Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Then we took a trail, river right, up the Camas Creek tributary, and rode another 16 miles to the Meyer’s Cove trail head. We camped along side Solitude for 3 nights. Envisioning the smell of dinner being cooked for us down the trail, kept us motivated to keep up. But in case we fell behind, we packed with us enough provisions to keep us alive and our trip successful. Luckily we didn’t have to open our saddle bags, and instead lived it up luxuriously in camp with the river guides.
Here are some behind the scenes pics from Katelyn!