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Immature Golden Eagle

Mt. Brown Raptor Count

I’ve really been enjoying the raptor counts in Glacier National Park. It’s always exciting to see loads of raptors and the company has been great. With Going-to-the-Sun Road being closed at Avalanche Creek, Swiftcurrent Pass was out. The weather precluded us from going on Tuesday, but with a good forecast for Wednesday, I put out […]

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Floral Park Traverse

Floral Park Traverse

The Floral Park Traverse is probably the most well known traverse in Glacier National Park, but it’s not for the lazy or unexperienced. Gaining over 4,000 ft of elevation and descending more than 7,000 over 19 miles is well worth the views if you can find the route. Below is the video of our day […]

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Blake and Kristen on Grinnell small

Climbing Mt. Grinnell

Mt. Grinnell stands tall between two incredible drainages in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park. While not on the Garden Wall, the easiest way to access it is from the Lake McDonald side via the Grinnell Glacier Overlook. I did so with my wife, Kristen, and my buddy Blake Passmore of Climb Glacier […]

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Mt. Vaught

Stanton Mountain 2014

Stanton Mountain stands at the head of Lake McDonald solidifying the iconic view from Apgar. It’s south facing slope melts out earlier than other peaks in Glacier National Park making it a great candidate for an early season summit. I went up with my friends Mark and Ashley Sanders as well as my favorite hiking partner […]

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Walking Going-to-the-Sun Road

Walking Going-to-the-Sun Road

A little sunshine on the face on a bluebird day beckoned my wife and me to Glacier. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed at Lake McDonald on the west side, so we walked the clear road to the north end of the lake and walked around McDonald Creek. Check out the link below the video to […]

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Extended Backpacking Trips of Glacier National Park

Extended Backpacking Trips in Glacier National Park – Part 2

“Where do start on planning my extended backpacking trip in Glacier National Park?” In Part 1, I explored resources and approach to getting a great extended backpacking trip in Glacier National Park. In this video, I’m providing more specific guidance on routes. Routes Covered: Northern Circle Northern Traverse Bowman Lake and Kintla Lake out and backs to […]

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Mt. Brown Alpine Glow

Alpine Glow in 2014

While I’m a huge fan of the long days in the middle of the summer, the shorter days of winter give us late sunrises and early sunsets. This makes it much easier to view both the sun coming up and going down. Couple that with the white canvas of snowcapped mountains and you have the […]

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Sperry Chalet

Sperry Chalet 2013

Sperry Chalet opened to the public this year on July 10th, but Kathie and her crew who run the chalet opened it one night earlier to help us raise money for the Glacier National Park Conservancy. The weather was perfect for us as we headed up. It got a little warm, but I’ll take sunshine […]

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Mountain Bluebird

Bluebird day on Camas Road

Got the word a little bit ago that the Camas Road was open to driving and went up with my buddy TJ Fallon*. Camas Road is a nice little paved road that shows off the Lewiston Range up the North Fork of Glacier National Park. The weather was dodgy, as it always is in Spring. […]

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Jake 'n Blake Western Montana Tour 2013

Jake ‘n Blake 2013 Western Montana Tour

I just came out with my Going-to-the-Sun Road Driving Guide and my good buddy Blake Passmore of Climb Glacier National Park fame has come out with Volume 3 of his Climb Glacier National Park series. His latest book features routes to peak summits in the Northern Highline, Lake McDonald and Sperry Basin areas. I actually […]

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