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This loop may be a 2 day loop, given that there's 10,000 feet of elevation change total, and we will probably be slower than I think. ;)
IN mid March, we're planning a trip out to Glacier National Park in Montana to go Mountain Snowshoeing in the back country. We'll be 15-20 miles out, in the park itself, so we'll have to be pretty self reliant. Any one in here have any back country experience to share? What follows is our equipment list.
[*]2 65 Liter backpacks
[*]100 feet of rope each
[*]Snowshoes and Poles (Cabella's Snowy Range Shoes, made by Atlas)
[*]Nautica Wind Shells, waterproof
[*]Polarguard vests under, packable
[*]Fleece long underwear and foundation layer
[*]Waterproof wind pants
[*]3 pairs wool socks, each in the packs
[*]Packcloth waterproof gaiters, tall
[*]Cabella's Sorrel Packer boots for me, or Herman Survivors as an alternate. My wife has some lighter weight packer boots with Thinsulate and a goretex inner boot.
[*]2 Surveyors compasses
[*]Set of waterproof Topo maps of Glacier each
[*]Avalanche beacon each.
[*]2 GMRS Radios
[*]We'll rent the snowshovels from Glacier Outdoor Center and I don't think we'll really need ice axes, since we aren't really going to be doing any traverses on steep glacier faces and we can't carry ice axes on Amtrak, anyway.
[*]2 1 liter Nalgene Bottles each for water
[*]Small backpackers stove, and fuel, to melt snow if we run short on liquids as well as 2 lighters and waterproof matches
[*]Small thermos for hot chocolate at the Overlook looking down on Lake McDonald from the mountaintop. (Good photo opportunity)
[*]Survival bivvy sacks if we get caught out in the back country in a Spring Storm. We'll just ride it out in a snow cave if we do get caught unexpectedly and we'll also have a 3 day food supply
[*]Glacier sunglasses for the wife and sunscreen for both. I have some very good polarized cycling/ski glasses, already
[*]Flashlights and survival whistles
[*]Video and Still Digicams
[*] Back country first aid kit
Any suggestions as to anything I missed, those of you that have some back country experience? It's going to be too early for Bears, I do know that. :D I can't carry bear spray on the train, either, but if needed, I'm sure I can get some there in MT. We'll be staying in Whitefish, by the way, about 45 minutes from the park.