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 C&A's in here have any back country experience to share? It's not cycling, but it'll sure burn the calories. 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
- Goretex Gloves
- 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
- 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.
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. 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.