climbed with co-worker Dion from california while working at Lake Mcdonald Lodge. We did all twelve? spires in one day and left our info in the cairns we built on the summits though as I recall, all we had were plastic baggies to put the messages in.
The last two,or 3? going from south to north, required a long detour as there was a major break in the wall. We elected instead to jump the break as the landing area was slightly below us although at least 20- 25' away. I took a good run at it and landed hard from the drop. Dion decided that he wasn't going to attempt it as the minimum 100' drop was a deterent. If he missed the landing area, it was a direct fall to salamander glacier and eventually Grinnell glacier. It took 15 min. took get up his nerve and he made it. The climb down from the north was treacherous requiring as descent into a crack to a cave from the top. Just remember, we were 18 and invulnerable. It was our only climb together, scared ourselves too much!
What can be said about Glacier National Park? The views are stunning wherever you go and the Garden Wall is a great place to start. Spent summers 1987 and 1988 in Polson, MT so got a good bit of Glacier time in. Did the wall a number of times, spent night at Granite Park Chalet and in the campground there.Went over Swiftcurrent to Many Glacier too. Wish I had been a bit more goal orintated as I did few peaks in the park, just kept hikin and hikin!
Also echo jmeagan. Been there done that but want to see more!
DON'T KNOW HOW TO DEFINE THIS CLIMB BUT HAVE DONE VARIOUS PORTIONS STARTING S OF SWIFTCURRENT PASS AND TRAVERSING TO THE GRINNELL GLACIER OVERLOOK AS WELL AS PORTIONS N AND S OF THE GEM NOTCH AND ALSO S OF MT GOULD??? ALSO GENERALLY FOLLOWED THE RIDGELINE FROM N OF SWIFTCURRENT PEAK TO ICEBERG PK
Hiked up the Swiftcurrent trail to the Continental Divide. It was a long day. We left from Many Glacier Hotel. First hike on true scree. Wasn't too happy at the time! Super windy.