Chamberlain Creek – ITA Trail Project, Day 5, Frank Church Wilderness, Idaho

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The next day we loaded up camp and started to make our way back to the airstrip. It was a trip that would take two days and we had left enough work behind to keep us busy for a while.

Trees we had skipped.


Heavy packs and tools going back up the trail.

Crossing Queen Creek.

Remember this tree? This was the Pistol Tree we had skipped a couple days earlier. Time to do something with it now.

Art’s solution was to start chopping…… Now, I have never met anyone who can handle an ax better than Art but this was going to be a big chore. This tree was too dangerous to cut through as everything would slide down on the cutters. Art’s plan, notch it out and bury the end to secure the entire structure. Soon, we were building rock walls, elevating the trail half way up the log and notching the rest of it.

After chopping a good long while, Art seemed to be satisfied!

We build up the trail with rocks and dirt and after several hours, we were satisfied.

Luckily, just up the trail was our old swimming hole and a camp site very nearby.

It was a hot late afternoon. We cleaned up and spent a good amount of time using the creek as a cooler.

Sunset over camp.

Tomorrow, it is time to head back to the airstrip!

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