Flint must find a way to get the wagon train around a snow covered pass. On a scouting trek, he meets a father and son who are willing to help him but they want to hike up the mountain. The adventure ahead has surprises for them all.

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When a snow storm closes the pass, Flint scouts a different route. He finds a man Lord Steve Campden and his son Steve Campden II abandoned by their guides preparing to climb the mountain the train is trying to get around. They suggest Flint join them to get a view of the area and maybe find an open pass. A storm hits as they climb so they enter a cave they find. Inside it is a different world with narrow passages, deep caverns, and strange animals. Lord Steve is forced to climb down to rescue Flint who falls onto a ledge knocking him out. While bringing Flint and Lord Steve up, young Steve lets the rope slip breaking Lord Steve's leg. They set his leg but are unable to carry him out. Flint leaves for help while the Campdens fight over whether Young Steve is brave enough to join Flint. Young Steve has always thought of himself as a coward while his dead older brother was the brave son until Lord Steve reveals the truth. Young Steve finally joins Flint as the two make it over the ... Written by Anonymous

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Possible Spoiler: Episode is weird and out-of-character for the series
30 October 2013 | by (Montgomery, AL) – See all my reviews

I love Wagon Train but this episode should be titled "Wagon Train enters the Twilight Zone". Flint climbs a very tall, almost vertical mountain peak in the middle of a blizzard wearing cowboy boots, a medium light jacket, a gun belt and a Stetson. He joins two strangers in this puzzling ascent who are experienced mountain climbers properly outfitted with mountain climbing gear. The experienced climbers struggle during the climb but somehow Flint is able to keep up with them dressed in his wagon train scout attire. His reason for doing so? So that he can get a better view of the country side in order to determine if there is a pass through the mountains, unblocked by snow, for the wagon train to pass. There is a cave in the mountain face and for some unexplained reason, they decide to explore it. There are blind, saber-toothed, predatory cats in this episode that make bizarre calls. Only one of the supposed hundreds or more of these creatures is ever shown and it is a ridiculously fake stuffed animal with long, thin plastic looking "tusks" protruding from its mouth. Flint falls off a ledge in the cave to another ledge a short distance below and is unhurt except for being rendered unconscious. Lord Steve Campden falls 6 feet or so onto the same ledge when the rope slips that is pulling he and Flint back up from the lower ledge to which Flint fell. Somehow Lord Campden manages to break a leg with such a short fall. Must be a family history of weak bones or a severe calcium deficiency. The scenes in the story are incredibly unrealistic. The story is strange and disjointed from the beginning to the even stranger and meaningless ending. I love Wagon Train but this episode was a waste of time.


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