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Series: A History of Glacier National Park’s Passes: Part I Centennial Series: A History of Glacier National Park’s Passes: Part I  by FlatheadNative

The history of Glacier National Park is replete with the traces of Native American life from before the turn of the 20th century. Native Americans have occupied or used Glacier National Park since well before the 19th century. Oral histories date back past written history which mentions the Blackfeet as early as 1789.

Home Is Where the Heartache
Is Home Is Where the Heartache Is  by Bob Sihler

It is dawn in Yellowstone, again. I love dawn here. It is not just because the traffic, especially the RV and bus traffic, has not arrived yet. It is not just because of the glow the early sunlight casts on the trees, meadows, hills, and mountains; or because of the mist that rises from the streams and turns a blinding white as the sunbeams strike it. It is because the world has begun again, the primordial world, a few remaining slivers of which Greater Yellowstone, along with just a handful of other places in the world, preserves in hoped-for perpetuity.

A Guide to
Piscatorial Acts in the Wilderness A Guide to Piscatorial Acts in the Wilderness  by FlatheadNative

Multiday climbing in the mountains presents many options of overnight accommodations. While perching on the side of a mountain or staying a hut certainly has its advantages for a high start as well as enjoyable sunrise/sunset options; others enjoy spending evenings and mornings around the shores of a mountain lake. For those who desire this type of approach the options for how to spend that time are endless such as staying in the tent and reading a good book, playing cards or spending time in great conversation with friends. Perhaps a more enjoyable pursuit would be to bring a fly rod and spend some time fishing for trout.

Appetite for the Mountains (A Long Journey Home) Insatiable Appetite for the Mountains (A Long Journey Home)  by Deltaoperator17

Nobody told me the mountains were going to be this addictive. Mid Life Crisis . . . here I come. As a teenager growing up in Eugene Oregon, the region offered endless activities. Of course I am referencing the backcountry possibilities. The McKenzie highway is a yellow brick road of opportunity.

When Good
Hiking Trails Go Bad When Good Hiking Trails Go Bad  by DamOTclese

What happens when a much used hiking trail suddenly goes bad to the point of being unsafe and unusable? How does the trail get fixed? Who pays for the trail restoration effort? How does the restoration project get scheduled and who restores the trail?

Hiking trails can go bad for a number of reasons including fire and insect infestation which can drop so many dead and dying trees on a trail that sections become entangled in interlocked limbs. Trees that don't fall entirely can form interlocked umbrellas of dead limbs and trunks such that over the course of several years they impose a safety hazard as limbs, trees, or previously suspended fractured trunk fragments work free and crash to the ground.

meteorology of Scotland Mountain meteorology of Scotland  by Proterra

Although the Scottish mountains are small by global, or even European standards, they pose a specific set of hazards, not commonly found in mountains of similar stature. An average of one-third to a half of all incidents requiring a mountain rescue call out in this country are attributed to weather, as well as poor planning and meteorological skills on the part of the people involved. In this article I'll try to explain the specifics of Scotland's mountain climatology and topography, and what effect this has on it's meteorology.

Finding Yellowstone's
Wildlife Finding Yellowstone's Wildlife  by Arthur Digbee

Yellowstone was the world’s first national park, established to preserve the region’s thermal wonders. It has more than half of the world’s geysers, mudpots, and fumaroles, in a concentration unmatched elsewhere. So, of course, the number one reason people give for why they visit Yellowstone is . . . the wildlife. That’s a remarkable fact for the world’s most significant geothermal region. The fact that even more visitors want to see the animals underscores the remarkable wildlife resources in this magnificent park.

Idaho's Rugged Community Idaho's Rugged Community  by mtybumpo

On August 12th 1805 Meriwether Lewis approached the continental divide having finally reached the source of the “mighty and heretofore deemed endless Missouri.” Fully expecting to see an easy route down the Columbia River on the other side of the divide he was naturally quite surprised to see more “immence [sic] ranges of high mountains still to the West... their tops partially covered with snow” (Lewis 227). What he saw were the vast mountains of present day Idaho. Crossing these “most terrible mountains” (Gass 143) would be, for the Corps of Discovery, a daunting and miserable task. Now more than 200 years later these same mountains are intentionally sought out and conquered by climbers who view them as recreational opportunities and not as obstacles to be feared and avoided. For mountain climbers the “most terrible mountains” are now most enjoyable.

bears : What the hell !? Pyrenee's bears : What the hell !?  by visentin

Some of you, and perhaps most of you if you leave in France, Spain or Slovenia, have heard at least once about the problematic of the bears in Pyrenees. Often, this topic is related by the medias, presenting both arguments and versions from the two camps, the supporters of the saving of this animal, and their opponents. Most of the time, relying on these medias, it is difficult to figure make its own opinion about the topic, because of a lack of concrete facts and information. If you poll people in the street, almost everyone will say "I love bears, they're lovely animals and I think they should be saved, but if I meet one I don't know what I would do, so I understand also the cattle breeders !" Following another approach, some other people, closer to the anti-globalism political views, tend to prefer the opponents version, which sounds less "dreamy ecologist" and closer to the local context and the reality. But often, also, without any really concrete reasons.

the Volcano's Edge or Acceptable Challenge? Our Family Experience on Cloudripper
and Hurd Peak Skirting the Volcano's Edge or Acceptable Challenge? Our Family Experience on Cloudripper and Hurd Peak  by Augie Medina

Enlarge Hurd Peak from Bishop Pass Trailhead This article/trip report describes an outing in the Bishop Creek drainage with my daughter, Alicia, and youngest son, Daniel. More than this, the article touches on a theme that should interest anyone who includes immediate family members on their outings. That theme is, how far do you push the envelope in an effort to provide a memorable but positive outing? Where is the line between providing them with a challenge and possibly endangering them? I don’t know whether I have answers to those questions, but I will provide a context with our recent experience.

The three of us have in recent years done a backpack in the Sierra Nevada every August. Generally, we like to climb a peak or two while we’re out there. This year, I decided on an outing out of Bishop Pass Trailhead at South Lake. I figured we could climb Chocolate Peak, Hurd Peak and Cloudripper.

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