Archives for March 2009

Bear Awareness in Glacier National Park

I don’t want to scare you (or anyone else who reads this), but I think one should be very aware of bears when hiking in Glacier National Park. It can

Hole in the Wall August 07

On the second day of a backcountry trip in Glacier, we shared our area with a Grizzly. Our route was a shuttle from Goat Haunt to Kintla Lake via the

Whitefish Montana Lodging Guide

Like all tourist towns, Whitefish Montana lodging books quickly during peak seasons. During summer time, tourists make Whitefish, MT a home base for exploring Glacier National Park or escaping the Park’s crowds; while winter tourists stay in Whitefish hotels while skiing Big Mountain. While fall and spring visitors do not need to plan ahead, unless […]

Making a Hiking Checklist

Don’t forget essential hiking items – Use this hiking checklist while packing to ensure your safety in the wilderness I always consult this backpacking and hiking gear list before any adventure into the mountains. Forgetting any item off this essential, packing list can spell disaster. While a mild hike does not necessitate all of these […]

Red Gap Pass & Ptarmigan Trail

Do you know if these Glacier National Park hiking trails will be open in mid to late June 2009? I am concerned about snow. Please mind that I have never

Grizzly Bear Stops Our Hike to Gross Ventre Falls

Back in 2004, my wife Yumi and I had set up camp at Cosley Lake and decided to hike over to Gros Ventre Falls, since we were headed over to Elizabeth Lake

Grizzly Encounters in Glacier National Park

In August of 2008 my hiking partner spotted a grizzly while we were on the Grinnell Glacier trail in Glacier National Park, just below a waterfall that

Preventing & Surviving a Moose Attack

Although they appear gentle, wild moose attack hikers and tourists every year in Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Alaska and throughout Canada. In fact, in the mandatory, park ranger introduction session I underwent as a Glacier National Park employee, the park rangers said wild moose are more dangerous than grizzly bears. I couldn’t believe […]

Getting to Whitefish Montana

At the north tip of Flathead Valley is Whitefish MT. While only 20 miles away from Glacier National Park, Whitefish, Montana seems worlds away from the tourist crowds associated with Glacier. Nestled against Whitefish Lake, the city of Whitefish is directly off of Highway 93. Big Sky Mountain, or Whitefish Mountain, attracts Montana skiers in […]

Smartwool Socks Review

Throughout my hiking career, I have tried Under Armour, Patagonia, Wigwam, & Smartwool socks — basically, any brand of merino wool socks out there, I have hiked and skied in. The end result? Smartwool makes the world’s softest socks. And I don’t mean for just hiking. I wear my wool socks 365 days a year […]