Mary Does the Bob
One of the most difficult sections of the rugged 3,000-mile Continental Divide Trail crosses the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana. Our correspondent Mary Anderson heads there next. Here, she discusses what other hikers are saying about this 120-mile stretch of wilderness. One hiker claimed his feet didn't touch the ground for eight miles because of all the blowdowns. Another said he could have picked enough bear fur off the trees to make a coat, and a crew that went in to do trail maintenance couldn't find the trail. Mary is packing nine days' worth of food. She has now completed one fifth of this year's 1500-mile hike. By the time she emerges from the Bob, she will have covered over 400 miles.