Early wrangle, as usual, then packed up and headed out for a 5-day pack trip. Took till 10 a.m. to get gear sorted out and packed up for the trip. The students weighed and mantied all the loads. Here's where all the previous class work comes together. Here's where our previous packing experience was put to work too. Rather than several short strings we put all the stock into two longer strings and everyone took turns practicing longstring packing.
Made lots of pack adjustments along the way - slow going, but no saddles rolled. Finally reached Zeke's Meadow, an old homestead site where we camped for the night. Everyone was intrigued by the 2-room trapper cabin, still in use. Lots of history there. Saw a Whitetail doe at the edge of the meadow, and got into good fishing again. The last class saw a bull moose near here and saw a mountain lion crossing a clearing on the ridge above camp.