Monday, September 1, 2014

How to Dress in Glacier National Park (in 1920)

Awhile back I posted a news items about the National Park Service adding another 100 new historical park brochures to the NPS Brochures website. The site already includes several old brochures from Glacier National Park.

I was particularly intrigued by a section of a 1920 brochure that describes how visitors should dress when visiting the park. Here's what it has to say:


As a rule tourists are inclined to carry too much. A very inexpensive and simple outfit is required—old clothes and stout shoes are the rule. For a week's to two weeks' trip, either afoot or horseback, the following list is about all that is required:

1 suit of old clothes.

2 pairs of cotton gloves.

1 sweater or mackinaw wool jacket.

1 old felt hat.

2 suits of wool underwear (medium weight).

1 rubber blanket or raincoat, if on walking tour. Waterproof slickers are furnished free with saddle horses.

3 pairs of wool socks (heavy).

1 pair of stout lace shoes or hunting boots.

1 pair of canvas leggings (if shoes are worn).

The above, together with toilet articles, will go in a compact bundle and can be put in haversack or bag. Women should have either stout shoes or boots and riding trousers or short divided riding skirts.

Essential articles of clothing of good quality, including boots, shoes, haversacks, slickers, blankets, camping equipment, provisions, etc., may be purchased at well-stocked commissaries at Glacier Park Station and at St. Mary and Many Glacier Chalets. The Glacier Park Hotel Co., which operates these commissaries, also makes a practice of renting, at a nominal figure, slickers, riding trousers, mackinaw coats, and other overgarments.

Stores carrying a similar general line of articles most useful in making park trips are located at Belton, Mont., the western entrance to the park, and at Glacier Hotel (Lewis's) at the head of Lake McDonald.

An overnight stopping place is maintained at Christensen's ranch on the Flathead River road about 2 miles south of Logging Creek, where travelers and horses are accommodated. A small store carrying some provisions, principally lunch stuff, cigars, tobacco, and fisherman's supplies, is at the foot of Lake McDonald.

(Hmmm, I guess they didn't have Gore-tex or fleece back then...)

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Who was Grandma Gatewood?

In 1955, after raising 11 children, Emma "Grandma" Gatewood became the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail - at the tender age of 67!  In September of that year, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin.

Then, in 1960, she hiked it again, becoming the first person to hike the Appalachian Trail twice. And, just to prove those first two weren't a fluke, she hiked it again in 1963 - at the age of 75! After that third adventure Emma became the first person to hike the 2,179-mile trail on three different occasions.

So who exactly was Grandma Gatewood? This short video, a trailer from a documentary film project called "Trail Magic", gives a few insights into Emma Gatewood's life, tribulations & achievements:

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Hiking Event

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program is offering a guided hike on September 13th near Thompson Falls.

The workshop is hosted by the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program of North West Montana. The fee is $15 and includes water and a trail snack.

To register, or for more information, contact BOW event coordinator Nancy Fields at 949-412-8561. Registration forms are available on the FWP website.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Video hike along the Swiftcurrent Lake Nature Trail

Below is a video showing highlights from the beautiful Swiftcurrent Lake Nature Trail in Glacier National Park. Although a very easy hike, it's one of my all-time favorites. Outstanding panoramic views await at every bend on this trail as it circles around Swiftcurrent Lake.

For more details on this excellent hike, please click here.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

One Man's Perspective on Solitude and Wilderness

Every couple of months 68-year-old Ed Zevely rides into the Colorado high country to camp for weeks at a time, and does it completely alone. Through thunderstorms, open meadows and treacherous passes, he finds his own patch of serenity. Ed provides an interesting perspective, perhaps one that all of us should consider as we go through life.

Open Door to Solitude from Filson on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fee-Free Day to Celebrate 98th Anniversary of the National Park Service

In celebration of the 98th anniversary of the National Park Service, all 401 national park units—including Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks—will waive entrance fees on Monday, August 25, 2014. The fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks normally costs $25 for seven days. Park officials encourage visitors and local residents to take advantage of this fee free opportunity to explore Grand Teton and enjoy late summer activities; from hiking, biking and boating, to wildlife watching and photography.

To help celebrate this special day, birthday cake will be served at 12:00 noon at each of Grand Teton's visitor centers: Laurance S. Rockefeller Center, Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, Jenny Lake, and Colter Bay Visitor Center.

In addition, a full suite of educational programs are taking place throughout the park. These programs include:

· 8:30 a.m. Inspiration Point Hike from the Jenny Lake Visitor Center
· 9:00 a.m. Taggart Lake Hike
· 9:30 a.m. Explore the Preserve Hike at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve
· 1:00 p.m. Swan Lake Hike from the Colter Bay Visitor Center
· 2:30 p.m. A Walk into the Past at the Menor's Ferry Historic District, including a ferry ride across the Snake River

A traditional guitar sing-along and evening program will take place at 9:00 p.m. at the Colter Bay amphitheater. This free public program is titled, "For Future Generations: The story of America's National Parks."

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Young Girl Falls to Her Death in Yellowstone

A young girl died Sunday morning after falling into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The girl and family members had parked their vehicle in a trailhead parking area along the North Rim Drive, a short scenic route off the park’s Grand Loop Road near Canyon Village. The group was about two-thirds of the way down the trail to the Brink of the Lower Falls observation platform when the child reportedly stepped off the trail and then lost her footing. She fell approximately 550 feet into the canyon.

Park personnel retrieved her body around noon on Sunday.

The child’s name, age, state and hometown are being withheld pending notification of family members. The incident remains under investigation.

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