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M Montana Mourning: Reflections on a Wilderness Trekking Trip

by Thomas Kight

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One of our instructors for the Wilderness Trekking School class I attended for a week in August 2009 taught us that there are three types of fun:

What happened in the mountains of Montana that week probably qualifies as Type II fun. How else would you describe descending into pure hell and surviving, if barely? How else would you describe entering into the jaws of the beast and coming out alive? In this case, I am speaking of the wild jaws of beautiful but indifferent nature - nature wholly indifferent to my existence as a separate being.

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