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Glacier National Park has a fascinating history.  Here readers will read stories about how the park got its names as well as get recommendations on how to enjoy the park a bit more on their visit.

The Cold Hard Truth About Iceberg Lake

4-16-14 Iceberg

Posted April 6, 2014

If you have never hiked to Iceberg Lake you have robbed yourself of one of the best hikes in Glacier. Believe it or not I saw Iceberg Lake from the summit of Iceberg Peak before I saw it from the shoreline. Both views are amazing.

So here is how this lake got its name.  Better yet here is the story about who named the lake.

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What’s Up With The Wind In Glacier National Park?

Posted April 8, 2014

The Home of The Windmaker: A Blackfeet Legend

The east side of Glacier National Park is well-known for its powerful blasts of wind.  Mere breezes gobble up wrappers, gales remove hats and cyclones carry small children away from their families in a weird Wizard of OZ way (well not really, but you’d better hold on to them!).

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A Chief’s Apology

Posted April 28, 2014

A Chief’s Apology

In 1846 an influential Blackfoot leader, name Little Chief, made amends with his mortal enemy.  We too can learn from his change of heart.

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Headers On Route

On Route has information about alpine travel in Glacier National Park.  If you want to get off the trails in Glacier this is a great place to find out about climbers trails, ridge walks, hanging valleys, traverses, routes to summits, and even news worthy events pertaining to alpine travel in Glacier.

Conquering Failure

Posted April 24, 2014

Changing your definition of success and failure requires courage, practice, and tenacity.

Mountains help us define what is truly important.

We don’t change the mountains, the mountains change us.

So it was with my first two summits in Glacier.

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Is Climbing Glacier For You?

Posted April 16, 2014

 4-16-14 Is Climbing Glacier For You

When people hear the word “climbing” most think about wearing a harness while hanging on a rope that’s anchored into the rock using gear like Friends or wired stoppers and having scary exposure.  We  read stories about climbers dying every year in Yosemite or on some huge peak in the Himalayas.

That is so far from what climbing in Glacier National Park is about.

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Headers On The Fly

Cast your line toward this blog if you like fly fishing for trout or if you want to learn more about it.  Join in on some adventures in and around Glacier as we fish for rainbows, cutthroats, and bull trout.  Learn more about the areas fishing opportunities and how you can catch more fish.

This is good eating!

This is good eating!

The Trout That Look Up

Posted April 19, 2014

One of the biggest thrills for many people who visit Glacier National Park or other areas in northwestern Montana is backcountry camping.  There is something about putting in the effort to get to a campsite and settling in for a great night of sitting by the fire visiting and slapping mosquitos.

If you planned well your campsite will be near a mountain lake.  There is nothing better than spending evenings and mornings around the shores of a lake.  This is one of the essential experiences you must have on your visit to Montana.

The Cutthroat trout is considered by many anglers as the easiest trout to catch.  They are the trout that always look up.  The fish here represent their species well and readily rise to any well-presented fly, as well as, take various tackle from spinning rods.

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The “W”

Posted April 29, 2014

Dealing with the “W” is a necessary evil while fishing the Blackfeet Reservation.  Managing the “W” is key to having a great experience each spring.  Here are a few tips on how to have a better time while fishing on the Blackfeet Reservation.

Fishing the Blackfeet Reservation is high on most anglers lists.

This is most likely due to the HUGE rainbows that are caught year after year in these fertile lakes.  It is not uncommon for catch rainbows that weigh into the double digits.  That is a BIG fish.

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our reviews

We will be reviewing gear, books, apps, and other stuff pertaining to outdoor activities.

Gear That I Use – The AS-2 Pack

Posted April 24, 2014

I have a confession.  I like backpacks.

In 2012 I was looking for a new pack and discovered a the AS-2 pack from OutThereUSA! The designer of the pack and owner Mike Kloser packs more adventure in before breakfast than most of us do in a single day.

The AS-2 from OutThereUSA! is a bomber pack for someone who likes to be organized.  It is also a great pack for those of use who enjoy multiple kinds of outdoor activities.  This pack can be used all year so a one pack system can replace multiple packs thus saving money, space, and hassles of switch packs.

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In this section you will find information regarding making your trip to Glacier National Park the best it can be.  Look here for informative articles or videos on a variety of subjects from techniques to interesting events or places in and around Glacier National Park.

Got Helmet Hair?

Posted April 23, 2014

Okay helmets are a pain to carry and they don’t look very cool in photos.  But in the end it boils down to protecting your brain from stuff that can hurt or kill you.

If you have ever climbed in Glacier you have probably come close to being hit by rock screaming down a couloir.  This is especially true if you are climbing below others in your party or if there are mountain goats above your route.

A FACT of science: Rock is hard and your head is not.

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