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Meeting: Augusta
Airport:   Great Falls International Airport (GTF)       Train station:   --
Transfer: Great Falls International Airport (GTF)    Distance: 88.5 km / 55 miles

Transfers are available from Great Falls airport before 2:00pm on Day 1. Those driving themselves should arrive by 4:00pm to the B&B (Bunkhouse Inn unless otherwise advised). Trip finishes on Day 8 at 6:00pm with another overnight at the B&B. Departure transfers are available the morning of Day 9.


Tack: Western
Horses: Mixed
Pace: Slow, 3 miles per hour. About 4-6 hrs daily. Walking only
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Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (2 to 2 out of 5)    Novice
Age: Min 7
Weight: Max 250 lbs
Riders: Min 5 riders Max 10 riders


Riding Experience

Riding experience on our trips varies from the hard-core riders, who are use to 10 go 20 mile excursions, to the novice rider, who may have only seen a horse and never rode one. All of our horses are well trained and extremely gentle, so no riding experience is necessary. We take guests varying in age from 7 year old children to gentlemen and ladies who may be as old as the mountains themselves.

The relationship with your horse begins on the morning your trip departs for the wilderness. Before introducing you to your specific horse we give you a detailed instruction course on proper handling, trail etiquette, and safety rules. More lessons are learned on the trail but we cover the basics before we begin our adventure. We then introduce each guest to their assigned horse we try to match guests and horses according to experience, size, ability and attitude. In other words the bigger the person the bigger the horse. The more experienced rider may want a more spirited horse and the novice rider would be better suited with a calmer, gentler animal. The attitude of the horse and rider must be compatible. This makes things easier and more pleasurable for all. Once introductions and instructions are over we mount up and head down the trail. Even the intimidated rider who was nervous about the trip becomes perfectly at ease after a mile or two on the trail. The miles pass quickly as we ride along the thick timber, crossing small mountain streams or rivers, then through parks where we can look out and see the splendor of the Rocky Mountains.

Horses
You will be riding our gentle, well cared for mountain horses. A pack string of horses and mules will carry our camp goods, food, and duffel bags. You will have your camera and lunch in your saddlebags, and jacket and rain gear on your saddle. Each animal has its own personality: so after you are given your horse more instruction on his or her habits is necessary. Some like to try to snatch a bite of grass while going down the trial or some may need more encouragement then other to keep them up with the group. Though I suppose each animal has it's flaws, they are as perfect as we can ask of them. Our horses are trail wise and alert so there are few stumbles or blunders. They work hard to keep you comfortable though sometimes your backside may get a little sore. We also try to offer opportunities to walk and lead your horse on level or downhill slopes. Walking helps to keep your muscles loose, decreasing the stiffness that may occur from too much time in the saddle.

Some of the trusty mules and horses you may meet on your trip are Lila, Starz, Wyatt, Hildalgo, Shaggy, Musty, Alvin, Gambler, Ringo, Sully, Tombstone, Harley, McDuff, Curly, Cloudy, Flower, Daisy, Hunter, Handsome Jack, Tracker, Roach, Strawberry, Blueberry, Woodrow, Rags, Reno, Slobber, and Bradley. There are too many to name them all!! We own the horses and mules we use and have a great deal of respect for the work they do to make your trip the adventure of a lifetime!


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Bob Marshall Wilderness Pack Trips
Tour Code: RTMT01
9 days / 8 nights ~$2,500.00
Dates : Jul-Aug

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 07/02 - 07/10 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 07/11 - 07/19 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 07/20 - 07/28 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 07/30 - 08/07 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 08/08 - 08/16 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 08/18 - 08/26 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 08/27 - 09/04 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
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Bob Marshall Wilderness - an Introduction
Tack: Western
Horses: Mixed
Pace: Slow, 3 miles per hour. About 4-6 hrs ...
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Airport: Great Falls International Airport (GTF)
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