Couple Days in Glacier NP

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Wife and I headed over to the East side for a few days.

    Got the rig squared away

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    then off to the trails

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    serious undercut bank

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    we're headed for that notch in the upper left

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    2 hrs and 5 miles later we're up there looking back from whence we came

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    the other side of the pass, looking north

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    tarn

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    turnaround and heading back

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    fauna (saw 1 goat high up on scree slope, but the zoom on this P&S is lacking)

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    day 2, off to the Berg

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    Mt Wilbur (Iceberg's in a cirque at the base of the north slope) at daybreak

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    and a few hours later

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    working our way up to the lake; the Highline Trail's on the other side of this arette (we'll be hiking that next week)

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    grizz appetizer

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    almost there (spotted a moose downslope to the left)

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    bighorns up on the tallus slopes (again out of zoom range)

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    Iceberg Lake; aptly named

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    asked a ranger about the zig-zag path on the snow - he said it was probably from a wolverine; another hiker had spotted some on snowfields on another nearby trail a few days before

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    we had seen a grizz here in the berry patches on the way up, but only for a sec and too far for photos

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    not this time

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    last day; sunrise at Many Glacier

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    only 1 mile

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    but all uphill

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    worth it

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
  2. jeff bandy

    jeff bandy Make my day

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    I was up on those trails years ago. 25 years ago! Knees won't be doing that again. Thanks for the pics. Brought it all back to me. One of the most amazing places I ever hiked.
     
  3. Trapper Badovinac

    Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    I have spent hours watching grizzlies flipping over rocks on slopes and eating the cutworm moth larvae hiding from the light. A bear biologist told me they estimate each larvae equals one calorie and the bears consume 30,000 - 40,000 per day.

    I like it when grizzlies have full bellies because they don't both my coolers or race the guides and hunters to the gut piles.

    The loss of white pines to mountain pine beetles has created a food shortage (pine nuts) for the grizzlies in fall in some areas, so these moths become more and more vital to their survival.

    Trapper
     
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  4. Mark Kulikov

    Mark Kulikov Active Member

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    There is an area in the mission range that the tribe has completely closed off during the time that the griz are actively feeding on the larvae.

    Sent from the Twilight Zone using tapatalk.
     
  5. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Great looking trailer. Great pics. When we were there 2 years ago there was an unfortunate encounter up Siyea a day or so into the back country. It was one of the trails we pegged for a family hike the next time out. We did take the short, but brisk hike into Apikuni Falls, the girls loved it but were glad to be back in the AC rig on the drive away. It was pretty hot when we were there.

    I can't wait to take them back.
     
  6. Trapper Badovinac

    Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    One morning I was sitting on the deck of the Many Glacier lodge drinking a cup of coffee. I could see some goats on the rocks across the lake, so I went to my truck and got my spotting scope. There were a few goats and then I spotted a few grizzlies working over the talus for moth larvae. Soon I had people standing in line to look through my spotting scope.

    This is the Many Glacier lodge from the front side. The slope I was watching is on the other side of the valley on the right side of the frame.

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    Trapper
     
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  7. Ron McNeal

    Ron McNeal Life's good!

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    What a great photo essay! Good choice on the trailer too. While not as good as your or Trapper's photos, heres a few from this past July 4th (a couple from the air):

    A magical place
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    Wish I'd have had the chance to get here while younger
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    If you've never been here before, you owe it to yourself to go sooner than later
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  8. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Wow, totally amazing and beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing.
     
  9. Steve Call

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    Thanks for sharing.
     
  10. Trapper Badovinac

    Trapper Badovinac Author, Writer, Photographer

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    I rarely go to Yellowstone NP. It's like a theme park with people driving around taking pictures out their car windows and creating traffic jams. While that happens every once in a while in GNP, it's not as much the norm. Plus, you can get off the Going to the Sun road to places like this:

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    And if you want to do the touristy thing you can always do the Jammer tour.

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    Trapper
     
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  11. ScottP

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    That pic reminds me of the backpacking trip my daughter and I (minus the horses) plan to take to the Chinese Wall when she finishes grad school.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  12. Greg Armstrong

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    Great pic's all!
     
  13. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Yellowstone was awesome when there was no concrete & Old Faithful was just that. One of my Aunts spent her formative years working in the park back when the staff lived in wall tents. She had some great stories!
     
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  14. Baxter1947

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    Fantastic! Looks like a beautiful trip!
     
  15. rory

    rory Go Outside

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    Now I am drooling for more free time.
     
  16. Bill Aubrey

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    Great report. Iceberg Lake trail and Trapper's slopes are great places to see griz. Love that park. Next time, also take a look at the Belly River area in the northeast corner.
     
  17. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    Thanks for sharing your photos, guys! Makes me want to shoulder a pack again, and head for the high&wild. The brain keeps saying "go for it", and the body tells me otherwise. I miss the really high places, having forgotten the misery that accompanies these climbs though! We'll have to see about it this coming season; the foot's fixed, and my knees are still holding together, so maybe.... just maybe! And I'll come back with the pics! (my ex tossed all my photos of the stuff I'd managed to do in 37 years of being crazy.)
     

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