Meet The Team

Writer – Blake Passmore

DSCN6722Blake is the lead writer for the Climb Glacier National Park guidebooks series. He is having a blast traveling around the park taking photos and reaching all of these summits.

When he is not working on the guidebook project Blake works in the  mental health field in northwest Montana.

Blake is married and has three children, two great kid-in-laws and one spectacular granddaughter.

Blake fell in love with the outdoors while climbing and hiking in the valleys of northwestern Montana.  Once he moved back home from eastern Montana he discovered peak bagging in Glacier National Park.

Blake also enjoy photography, writing, fly fishing, and many other outdoor pursuits.  In the spring and fall he really likes catching big trout in Montana and Canada.

Blake does not want to summit every peak in Glacier, but there are a number of them on his bucket list.  In the off-season he keep busy writing, trying to stay fit, and doing my other full-time job.

A few years ago Blake recognized a need for a more up-to-date climbing guide while trying to find the right route while climbing in Glacier National Park.   His friend, John VanArendonk, agreed that it would be easy if we had photos with red lines drawn on them.

The problem we faced was that many of the routes described in the previous guidebook, A Climber’s Guide to Glacier National Park, were written in the 1960’s.  Since then many things have changed in Glacier.  Trails have been re-routed, trees have grown, glaciers have shrunk, and rocks have moved.  Time, climate, and progress have changed many things.

Climb Glacier National Park helps off-trail adventures enjoy Glacier’s alpine wonders and also helps climbers find the a safe way to summit these great peaks.

Our goal is to help you Turn Around … You Want To not when you get in trouble or off route.

Blake really likes to hear when readers reach the summit of their first peak in Glacier National Park.  Drop him a line in Contact Us and tell us about your experience climbing in Glacier National Park.

Contributing Authors – The Doctors

Contibuting author - John VanArendonk

Contibuting author – John VanArendonk

Dr. John VanArendonk lives in the Flathead Valley. He is a native Montanan, who was able to move home again after completing his training as a physician.  John has a passion for climbing and fell in love with the mountains while attending youth camps in the Rocky Mountains.  He and his wife have three children and three grandchildren.  John is the medical director for the ALERT helicopter program at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.  John also enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with his family and friends.  In 2008, John and his wife visited India on a medical mission and continue to have a heart for helping others.

Dr. Scott Burry was born in Indiana but has had his heart in

Contributing author- Scott Burry

Contributing author- Scott Burry

the mountains since childhood.  Scott and his wife have two children.  After completing medical school and other residency programs, Scott was able to start practicing medicine here in the Flathead Valley.  One of Scott’s interests is Wilderness Medicine.  He has traveled to Peru as a team leader on multiple occasions for medical missions along the Ucayali River.

Other Contributors – The Team

Chris Rost - contributing author for Volume 5

Chris Rost – contributing author for Volume 5

Chris Rost brings experience in climbing and mountaineering our team. He recently submitted Montana’s highest peak, Granite Peak, on his third attempt. He also travels and climbs with recent trips to Mount Rainier and Red Rocks in Las Vegas. Chris also enjoys ice climbing and photography. Chris is from Kalispell and is a Physician’s Assistant and dad to some great kids.

Chris loves backcountry camping and exploring Glacier’s high places. He is a valuable member of the writing team and will be helping write routes for a few of the peaks in Volume 5. He has also been along on numerous peaks in earlier volumes.

Mike VanArendonk is the youngest member of the writing team. Like his father, John, Mike loves Glacier and the backcountry. As part of his pursuit for his degree in Physical Therapy Mike did an internship with the Fisio Med S.A. in Quito, Ecuador. While there he summited, Cayambe, the third highest peak in Ecuador at 18,996 feet. Mike played basketball and football locally and is a great guy. Mike research, climbed and wrote the routes to Kupunkamint,  White Calf and Amphitheater Mountains for Volume 5.