Take part in a fascinating discussion on climate change with Dr. Steven Running while exploring the Bob Marshall Wilderness. We are very excited to offer a trip into the North Fork of the Sun River joined by this 2004 Nobel Prize Winner. Dr. Running, a University of Montana regents professor, has been appointed to the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee.
Steve is a riveting, upbeat, charismatic speaker. This is a rare chance to hike and hang out around the campfire with a world-renowned scientist who also happens to be a lot of fun.
We head into the lush, broad valley of the North Fork of the Sun River via boat ride up Gibson Reservoir. After a five-mile hike through the dramatic open river valley, we set up a base camp near the river. Camp includes a cozy wall tent and wood stove in case of an early season storm. We take the next few days to explore the area and begin a discussion on climate science, impacts on natural systems, and how those changes will mark society. We will leave the North Fork with a better understanding of large-scale system processes and with a pearl of hope for how we can help support more sustainable living.
The North Fork is a springtime mecca and the perfect backdrop to our discussion. It provides calving and fawning ground for the local elk and deer populations. It is also home to a healthy wolf population, giving us a good chance to hear their haunting, beautiful howls. Portions of this area have burned in recent years, making the open hillsides glow with succulent new grass, attracting elk, deer, and vibrant wildflowers.
If you want to broaden your intellectual horizons, enjoy a mellow pace, and explore the North Fork in springtime beauty, this is the trip for you.