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Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen

Hosts Wilderness Skills Weekend

 

May 2013 issue  

Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen Host Wilderness Skills Weekend

 

The Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen will present their annual Wilderness Skills Weekend Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, 2013 at Charles Waters Campground in the Bitterroot National Forest , north of Stevensville , Montana . The workshop is free to the public, including non-BCH members.

Learn skills used by back country stock users to safely work in and enjoy the wilderness with your horse. Also learn about the Back Country Horsemen and how members enhance riding in our national forests and wilderness, and keep trails open and usable for all travelers.

The workshop sessions will include: light vs. heavy packing demonstrations; Leave No Trace camping; stock containment; setting up camp; outdoor cooking and back country kitchen; GPS navigation and SPOT satellite devices; grooming and hoof care; use of the crosscut saw and other trail-clearing tools; and trailheads of the Bitterroot Valley area. Dr. Megan Kelly, DVM, will present “Conditioning your horse for the back country” Sunday at 9:00 a.m.

This year’s workshop will feature a talk at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday by Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau lecturer Kae Cheatham, titled “Before the Horse: Northern Rockies Lifestyles.” The talk is suitable for all ages.  

 

Cheatham will tell stories about the Indian people in the Northern Rockies and their long history when the use of dogs was prevalent, before the horse appeared 280 years ago. She will use maps, photos, replicas and travois to illustrate how and why people traveled and their hunting practices. Cheatham stresses the resourcefulness and culture of the region’s first immigrants, and encourages her audience to question and learn.

Some BCH member camping is available and a pot luck dinner will take place on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

      Call Bonnie Morgan for more information at 406-961-0012. Schedule and directions are available at bchmt.org/bitterroot/.

   

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