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Mandy is taking her trusty steed Ben on a walk through the Bob Marshall Wilderness. This through hike will cover 94 miles over 10 days.
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This August I will be doing a solo hike through the Bob Marshall Wilderness with the companionship of my trusty steed Ben. I will cover approximately 94 miles over 10 days.

I plan to make art that reflects my journey and create a video of my experience. If I happen to encounter trail crew workers or packers along the way, I hope to create portrait taxonomies of them to include in my "People of Montana" series.

In order for me to complete this trip, I need to gear up a bit, especially for the video segment. I plan to rent a Canon 5d Digital SLR with video capturing capabilities and a zoom field recorder for sound. I will also need to purchase a GoPro camera and a "third person apparatus" so that I can capture action shots of Ben and me making our way through the beautiful Bob Marshall Wilderness. Additionally, I must stock up on memory cards and batteries for 10 days because I will not have any opportunities for recharging. 

This kickstarter campaign will also help fund shuttles to drop Ben and me off at the start of our journey and pick us up at the end. Overall, the shuttle entails 650 miles. Included in our cost is dehydrated food for 10 days, cooking fuel, and a few saftey essentials like bear spray.

Our trip will happily fall within the 50th Anniversary of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. With the footage and art that I capture along the way, I hope to create an art show that is open to the public. My goal is to highlight the Bob Marshall Wilderness, portray its importance to the world, allow many to share in my wilderness experience, and hopefully empower others to experience wild places as well.

Below are wilderness taxonomies from my Spruce Park Artist Wilderness Connection Trip. I hope to make some of these on my Bob Marshall Trip. Also, the prints below are available as rewards.

Spruce Park Taxonomy
Spruce Park Taxonomy
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Spruce Park Taxonomy #12

 Below are some examples of the "Leather Adventure Journals" that are available as rewards. These measure 6" x 8.5" and contain 112 pages of graph or lined paper. Click through the link for more info.

This article in the Flathead Living Magazine highlights the type of Portrait Taxonomies I'd like to create for workers and volunteers that I encounter along the way.

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges with wilderness adventures.
Ben or I could suffer an unfortunate physical injury. We could have a nasty bear encounter. I could grow weary of walking and refuse to go on.
Ben could decide that he's had enough and make the poor decision to run home without me.

In the unlikely scenario of one of the above, I will be carrying with me a SPOT beacon- that will allow me to alert the necessary help. "Send the Calvary!"

Additionally, I will be marking my progress with the SPOT beacon, so that my family will be able to follow along and rest easy knowing that I am hitting my planned campsites.

Please note that I have quite a lot of backpacking experience, am extremely comfortable around horses (Ben and I have a fantastic relationship), and I have completed a Backcountry Horse Packing + Leave No Trace college course specifically for this trip.

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    You will receive a signed postcard from my trip with a personal thank you note!

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    You will receive a signed postcard from my trip with a personal thank you note and a signed 4x6 print from my Bob Marshall Wilderness trip. (Or a print from my Spruce Park Taxonomy Series if you prefer).

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    You will receive a signed postcard from my trip with a personal thank you note and a signed 5x7 print from my Bob Marshall Wilderness trip. (Or a print from my Spruce Park Taxonomy Series if you prefer).

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    You will receive:
    -A beautiful hand signed 8x10 print from my Bob Marshall Wilderness trip. (Or a print from my Spruce Park Taxonomy Series if you prefer).
    -A beautiful leather bound adventure journal made by yours truly. (Please message me your preference of lined or graph paper).

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    You will receive:
    -A signed DVD of my 10 day adventure film from the Bob.
    -A signed 11x14 print from my Bob Marshall Wilderness trip. (Or a print from my Spruce Park Taxonomy Series if you prefer).
    -A beautiful leather bound adventure journal made by yours truly. (Please message me your preference of lined or graph paper).

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    You will receive:
    -A signed DVD of my 10 day adventure film from the Bob.
    -A signed 16 x 24 print from my Bob Marshall Wilderness trip. (Or a print from my Spruce Park Taxonomy Series if you prefer).
    -A beautiful leather bound adventure journal made by yours truly. (Please message me your preference of lined or graph paper).
    -You will also get your name listed in the movie credits!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Mandy will create a custom portrait taxonomy for you - that will also include two finished 11x14 prints from your session. (You must be located in Montana or willing to travel here).

    You will also receive:
    -A signed DVD of my 10 day adventure film from the Bob.
    -A signed 16 x 24 print from my Bob Marshall Wilderness trip. (Or a print from my Spruce Park Taxonomy Series if you prefer).
    -A beautiful leather bound adventure journal made by yours truly. (Please message me your preference of lined or graph paper).
    -You will also get your name listed in the movie credits!

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