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Recommendations for Glacier NP in August
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Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Recommendations for Glacier NP in August on 04/26/2008 20:40:34 MDT Print View

It looks like I might be going to Glacier NP for a week this August. Since I've only ever hiked in Missouri, I thought I would tap the wealth of experience here.

I suppose I should preface by listing some of the gear I have. I've got a homemade down quilt that I've used into the upper 20's. I've got a poncho-tarp, a solo spinnaker tarp, and an 8x10 silnylon tarp. I've got a windshirt and synthetic insulating jacket (both Thru-hiker kits). I've got an older Marmot Precip that still works ok except for the heaviest down pours. Finally, I have a pair of Inov-8 Flyrocs that I get along well in.

So, what I'm asking you is what sort of conditions I might expect around mid-August. Should I invest in a good pair of rain gear? Should I get a bivy or go for a tarptent? Are Flyrocs going to be up to the task of the terrain? Am I worrying too much?

If anyone has advice I would be happy to hear it. Since I got my tax return I have a little extra cash to spare and gear seems like a good thing to use some of it for.

Adam

David Palmer
(djpfive) - F

Locale: Arizona
Glacier on 04/28/2008 18:05:48 MDT Print View

$50 for bear spray

David Palmer
(djpfive) - F

Locale: Arizona
Glacier on 04/29/2008 17:31:10 MDT Print View

And camera!

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Recommendations for Glacier NP in August on 04/29/2008 19:16:14 MDT Print View

I've posted a number of good trip suggestions throughout the pages of BPL if you search for them. The trails in Glacier are well-maintained and I've hiked 2/3 of them in running shoes.

There is always the possibility of rain (or even snow) so for comfort's sake a tarp or tent will be nicer than a bivy. As with any backpacking trip in the Rockies one should always carry some insulating gear (warm hat, puffy coat or fleece) and a sleeping system good to forty deg F or so).

Much of the water in Glacier can be consumed without treatment so you only need carry minimal treatment such as Aquamira or Klearwater. Bear bagging is required everywhere in the park so remember to pack the proper equipment for the job.