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Glacier for a Weekend

Postby Alex Wood » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:16 am

So my brother works at Glacier National Park and he has a few days off and I am going to visit him for the weekend. My main goal is to climb some peaks with him (he isn't exactly a climber so low 3rd class terrain would be best). I have three full days to hike. What are some recommendations for peaks to hit with a limited amount of time? Thanks in advance!
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Re: Glacier for a Weekend

Postby peakhugger » Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:53 pm

Sounds like you need this book.
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Re: Glacier for a Weekend

Postby Alex Wood » Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:36 pm

peakhugger wrote:Sounds like you need this book.


I will probably buy that book once I get there. Do they sell it inside the park? However, I would like to have a little bit of a plan before flying up there. I was thinking about doing Mt. Gould. I would also really like to see the Grinnell Glacier. So thats what I am thinking of right now.
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Re: Glacier for a Weekend

Postby GlacierCountry » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:08 pm

The book is available inside the park.

The weather is changing dramatically this weekend. There may be snow above 8,000ft and temps will be dipping. Rock conditions could be very slick/icy. Gould might not be the best choice. I would stick with peaks in the lower elevations this weekend to be safe, especially if your partner is not much of a climber. Most of the peaks out of Logan pass have high elevations. The two medicine valley peaks might be a better choice. Grinell glacier trail should be okay, although there are a couple small sections that could be treacherous if there is light snow or ice.

If the weather improves then you can probably tackle anything your partners' endurance can handle.
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Re: Glacier for a Weekend

Postby rebelgrizz » Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:57 am

Actually there is a winter storm warning for Glacier for Wednesday night....1-3 inches of snow above 6500 ft through Thursday at noon.....Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be beautiful ....mid 70's and sunny....Peakhugger is correct about the book....that is THE ONE to get. Have fun and Good luck!

What part of the park does your brother work in?....might save you some driving time as there still an inordinate amount of tourists around and road construction in the park itself
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Re: Glacier for a Weekend

Postby pyerger » Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:42 pm

Rising Wolf, was always a favorate of mine! It has a comanding presence ,Short approach from the car, south face climb,3rd class, and the two medicine area seems a little drier than the north end of the park.
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Re: Glacier for a Weekend

Postby Alex Wood » Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:55 am

thanks for the responses! Thats crazy that they are getting snow already! My brother works at the main visitor center place. So I am assuming its around Lake McDonald??
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Re: Glacier for a Weekend

Postby EarMountain » Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:35 pm

It's not so crazy that some snow has fallen on the high peaks of Glacier. Happens every year almost. Last year we had snow on August 13. Snow can fall during any month of the year up here.

Main Visitor Center Place? There is a visitor center in Apgar and at St. Mary. Better find out which side of the park he is on.
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Re: Glacier for a Weekend

Postby Alex Wood » Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:12 am

Thanks everyone for the feedback! My brother worked in West Glacier ( I probably should have figured that out sooner). The first day we hiked Mt Oberlin and Hidden Lake (Hidden Lake big "whoop" i know haha), the second day we hiked to Grinnel Glacier and then went up to Angel Wing, and then the last day we hiked up to Avalanche Lake. I wish I couldn't have spent more time. I picked up the Climb Glacier National Park book and love it. Can't wait to come back again and do some real summits.
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