Welcome to the Hollow
The pack is located in the northern most part of Glacier National Park, in a remote location known as Goat Haunt though the pack refers to their territory simply as "The Hollow." Where the Montana and Canadian boarders meet, is where our territory sets. It is on private property, purchased by a group of researchers to preserve the landscape and the animals within. Access to the area by visitors is strictly prohibited.
This wild, untamed land is ruthless in nature and a sight to behold. Terrains that vary from the fruitful woods and forests to the barren badlands and ice plains. Winter spands From the end of November well into March, Spring comes quickly around April but only lasts a short two months. June through August are the warmest months of the year as summer comes around, but the tides turn to cold quickly during September and back into winter come the end of November.
I will be your guide through the territory as we explore the various areas in more detail. Stay close though, Kazmarez and Saigh would put -me- in the cache if I let a newcommer get lost along the way!! Lets go!
The pack migrates between a summer and winter location, both suited for the needs of the season. Each location has its own unique elements though they both serve as a "home base" for the pack.
The pack begins their winter migration from the Sumemer Hollow to the Winter Hollow between August and October, usually before the first snowfall. When the land begins to warm and the snow begins to melt between April and May, the pack returns to the Summer Hollow.
A large, open expance of land just at the base of the mountains to the north serves as the packs summer home. Though the area is open, there are many boulders etched into the earth from years of travel down the mountainside that serve as both shade and hiding places for young pups who may need to hide from prowling, or flying threats. Tall grasses and wildflowers bloom in excess here and while despite the rising temperatures, the overlooking mountaintops keep the Summer Hollow well shaded and relatively cool.
The Summer Hollow Event area is located flush against the mountainside where a glacier carved a shallow cavern into the rocks, Creating a sort of amplifier. Wolves gather here for meetings, lorenights and other public events. The wide, open area of stone faced earth provides plenty of space for wolves to gather in large numbers with a few large boulders and rocks that fell from the cliffside years ago and embeded themselves at the base serve as a perch for the ranking wolves to address the pack.
East of the event area, a tunnel leads to the nursery, a cave rock formation used as the pack nursery. It is custom in Kladd`atir for pups to be raised together, allowing them to establish strong family ties from a very early age. This nursery is open to all parents to share with their young and is large enough to provide ample room for growing pups until they are old enough to establish a densite of their own. There are a few other conjoining tunnels, primarily used as possible escape routes if need be, both stretch for miles, one leading through to the Glacial Plains and the other exiting just beyond the Badlands border.
Southwest of the Summer hollow is the lakeside, here the lakeside is composed of soft granulated mud and earth, compacted like a sort of muddy beach. The water here is shallow, a wolf could walk nearly a mile out into the lake without ever getting its belly wet, making for a fun, safe place for the pups to play and the whole pack to cool off in the summer. It also provides ample fishing as many different species of Trout survive in this part of the lake. The lake also provides other hunting oppertunity in the form of otters and amphibians.
The cache is located at the far West end of the Summer Hollow. The nearby chill of the icy waters from the falls keeps the rocks here cool despite rising temperatures allowing for food to be stored and last for longer periods of time. The den had been carved out many years ago by glacial ice, leaving a perfect indention in the rockface, the stone walls make mantaing the cleanliness of the den much easier then loose earth.
The packs primary hunting grounds, save for the rare trip up the mountainside. The woods are dark due to their overhead treetop cover despite the trees that grow spaciously appart. The floor is litered with foliage, berry producing bushes, the occasional patch of grass or flowers as well as twigs, leaves and nuts from the trees above. This attracts many of the packs favorite prey items, though footing can be hard to find while running due to scattered fallen limbs and tree trunks.
The looming mountain tops that frame the northern edge edge of the territory are home to many of the smaller glaciers, whos run off feeds the waterfalls which eventually end up in the lake below. These glaciers have also carved away caves and tunnels over millions of years as well as passess and valleys. The pack will often turn to the Summit for shelter in times of deep snow or as a quick escape route from the summer hollow. This mountain gives off a cool shade in the summer, helping to keep the summer hollow a comfortable temperature.
A staple of the packs territory are the falls that come from the North Mountainand feed the lake below as the mountain snow turns to water and the runoff cascades down the mountainside. the roar of the falls can be heard from anywhere in the packs territory. At the base of the falls, the rocks have been worn flat by years of erosion. A well balanced wolf could easily get close, but this is no place for pups.
The pack's entire territory is dependant on the lake that sets directly in the center, fed by the falls that rush snowmelt down from the mountainside. The lake is always a bit chilly year around given its source but provides ample fishing and plays host to a number of amphibians. The lake shore varies at different points around the Lake, from stones, to finely granulated sand and mudd and mixes of the two here and there.
Beyond our Territory
The glaciers form the farthest reach of the packs travels. Huge ice shelves with glacial mountain peaks in the distance create a trying enviornment for any creature. Even in summer this area is covered in snow and ice. The pack even very rarely ever ventures this far north.
The northwest area beyond the forest where the pack's territory ends contains a large open space of bare rock skeleton, revealed by the receeding glaciers. The earth here is still frozen solid and only scarse bits of foliage manage to servive and even fewer animals. This barren land of snow, rock and ice is dangerous and rarely traveled unless in the most dire of situations.