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We have been preparing for over a year for this physically and mentally challenging event, that would be a challenge for even a healthy person. Our team’s efforts will result in 500 miles of hiking and paddling. The entire team will be at a basecamp near St Mary's Lake. This is a "Dry Camp" no water, no electricity, and no room service.
Day 1 & 2: Seven Members of our Team are backpacking from West Glacier Montana to the Head of Harrison Lake in the Glacier backcountry to camp and fish. The rest of the team will be hiking and scootering the wheelchair accessible Rockypoint Nature Trail
Day 3: The entire team will be taking on the class 2 & 3 rapids of the Middle Fork of the Flathead river rafting from Moccasin Creek to West Glacier:
Day 4: The entire Team will be taking the walk of the cedars on this wheelchair and scooter accessible trail. Midpoint at avalanche falls, seven members of the team will divert to Avalanche Lake.
Day 5: The entire team will be hiking and scootering the wheelchair accessible Swift Current nature trail. Two miles into this trail seven members of the team will board a 1930’s wooden boat and cross Lake Josephine where they will hike to and climb on Grinnell Glacier. Later that evening this group will rejoin the rest of the team and hike/scooter from Swift Current Lodge up the Iceberg Lake trail for Grizzly bear and Mosse viewing.
Would you consider pledging a donation for every mile traveled? Even a penny a mile can help support the mission of Ben’s Friends. Imagine the impact Ten New Communities can have for the Rare Disease Community