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Big foot Sighting In Glacier National Park

The HistoryYep, you read it here first.

The Blood band of the Blackfeet Nation killed a big foot in Glacier National Park before white man arrived.

In fact, the Glacier History feature today is all about the place that they called “BIG-FEET WAS KILLED.”

Mule Deer in the Hanging Gardens.

James Willard Schultz wrote, “in the long-ago, several hunters of the Blood tribe discovered and killed a large big-feet (caribou) bull at this place.  These animals were so rarely found so far south, on the east side of the range, that the place was named after the occurrence.”

Now that place is called the Hanging Gardens.

The “Hanging Gardens are to the beautiful flower-filled terraces between Logan Pass and Heavy Runner Mountain.

If you have been to Logan Pass and walked along the boardwalk toward Hidden Lake you no doubt could imagine seeing caribou in the meadows.

Recommendations for visiting Where Big-Foot Was Shot.

  1. Stay on the trails.  This is a fragile area and the trails allow you to see it in all of its beauty.
  2. Look Closely.  There are a lot of different kinds of flowers in the Hanging Gardens.  You might even notice less mature versions of the same flowers as you gain elevation.
  3. Take lots of photos.  I have been to Logan Pass numerous times and every time it is different.
  4. Keep your eyes open for Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats.  These ungulates are always around.  Goats are easy to spot and the sheep usually hang out near the “Hidden Pass” or near the Hidden Lake Overlook.
  5. Take some time and climb a mountain.  Mount Oberlin and Reynolds Mountain are great options for climbing.

For more information about climbing and off-trail travel near Logan Pass see Volume 1 of Climb Glacier National Park.

Do you have a favorite area of Glacier National Park that you want to know more about?  Drop me a line in Contact Us and I will get to work on it.

Thanks for reading about this spectacular area of Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park history is fascinating.

Not all of it is true but it is all interesting.


Source: Schultz, W. R., Signposts of Adventure, Glacier National Park As the Indians Know It, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1926

© Montana Outdoor Guidebooks, 2013

Conquering Failure

Climb Glacier LogoChanging 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.

Summit #1

Pollock Mountain in an August snowstorm.  An auspicious beginning to something that I grew to love.  But at that particular moment it was not a lot of fun.  It was miserably cold, there were no views, and nowhere to totally get out of the wind.

Headers On RouteAfter a quick bite to eat we descended through the Great Cleft and upon returning to the saddle I nearly got blown off the mountain.

Read my blog about What’s Up With The Wind In Glacier National Park?

If I had based liking climbing on this day’s events I might have never gone again.  It could have been an epic fail.

Now I know that reaching the summit is just one small part of a the journey.  That is what I enjoy about Glacier … it is unpredictable.  I waited another 6 years before seeing what the view was ACTUALLY like from the summit of Pollock Mountain.

Smoke and haze

Smoke and haze

Summit #2

Clements Mountain during August fire season.  Another not the best moment for climbing but this time there were views.

This particular climb resulted in getting off-route and climbing through some dangerously loose class 4 cliffs on the north side AND getting very lucky to be on the route when we climbed up.  Life could have been seriously altered if circumstances were different.  Potential for misfortune was high.

Good things come from challenging circumstances.  During this climb the concept of the red-line on photos was discussed for the first time.

The scary class 4 climb

The scary class 4 climb

Since then, standing on summits has unleashed a latent drive inside of me that cannot be quenched.  I had never climbed in Glacier before Summit #1.  I had never felt that healthy feeling of “fear” before my experience on #2.  They motivated me to grow and continue as a peak bagger.

Here is the truth of the matter.

During college in Minnesota and 7 years of life in eastern Montana I pined away WANTING to be in the mountains and missing them so much.

But I discovered something when I came home to the mountains.  That drive is not for summits.

The quest is to enjoy each and every moment of this precious life that I have been given.

Not that I don’t want to take risks, I just want to be safe.

So don’t look for the “next big thrill,” instead strive to make each moment count with family and friends.

For me THAT is what makes me feel fulfilled and satisfied, but there is at least one thing that I want to do that’s “risky”.

What Keeps You From Beginning Something New?

The only time you fail is when you don’t start.

Perhaps you don’t think Climbing In Glacier is for you?  Read Is Climbing Glacier For You?

Consider these quotes.

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.  Benjamin Franklin


Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.  Winston Churchill


What Motivates You?

Do Something You Have Never Done Before!

Imagine yourself standing on the summit of Rising Wolf Mountain.

Visualize yourself standing on the summit of Rising Wolf Mountain.

  • Set some goals.   If your goal is to climb Rising Wolf Mountain consider setting a goal to jog or walk 4 times per week for 8 week before making your attempt.
  • Make them measurable.  Use a program such as Runkeeper on your smartphone, a journal, or even a spiral notebook to keep track of your progress.
  • Reward yourself as you reach the milestones.
  • Consider finding another person or group that has similar goals and join forces to make getting there more enjoyable.
  • Visualize yourself accomplishing the goal, such as standing near the summit cairn of Rising Wolf Mountain, while you are working toward the goal.

I Want To Jump Out Of A Perfectly Good Airplane.

How About You?  What Do You Want To Do?

Post a comment and let me know what you want to do and tell me when you want to accomplish it.


© Montana Outdoor Guidebooks, 2014