Day 7

Day- 7

Date- 6/28/17

Location- East Glacier

Elevation- 4,813 ft

Distance Traveled Today- 10.1 miles

Distance Traveled Total- 93.8 miles

Weather/Temp- clear, windy 70s

Injuries- cuts, scrapes, etc. 

Pain level- zero

Spirits/Morale- high

Wildlife encounters- Big Horn Sheep

Days without shower- 0

Days without Laundry- 0

Hunger/craving- none

Thoughts/Stories-

We slept in at the campground and didn’t wander back to the trail until a little after 10am. We only had ten miles to hike, and it would be our last “scheduled” distance day, so we were going to take it easy. 

Kicked things off with a fast 2,200 ft climb over 2.5 miles up Scenic Point. Being near a major campground, there was a decent amount of traffic. However, once the trail passes by whatever scenic attraction it boasts near the road…The day hike traffic ceases to be. It’s like an invisible force field keeps them from hiking any further. So after hitting the pinnacle of “Scenic Point,” the trail became ours and ours alone as the tenderfoots turned back the way they came. 

At the top of the climb was another herd of Big Horn Sheep, which caused a bit of a “sheep jam” on the trail as everyone made their lifelong memories count. 

After a long and uneventful (but beautiful) 7 mile descent, the trail wound its way back into the first town of East Glacier. Here we checked into a local hostel called Brownies Bakery and Hostel. We took care of showers and laundry first, then food at the local restaurant called the Whistle Stop. The name made me a little nostalgic for the AT, because my buddy DSOH bought me a birthday lunch at a trail side restaurant called the Whistle Stop in Vermont. 

So that was about all there was to today. I’ve gotten in touch with Hannah and Tyler, and little Katana will be joining me tomorrow! I have a healthy mixture of nervous excitement brewing in me for this new stage of the adventure. My biggest concern is the wildlife. There has been so much of it, I don’t know if I will risk letting her off leash. The last thing I need is her brining a large, angry animal back to me; or getting herself hurt or killed. I don’t have a solid strategy other than to play it by ear, and play it as smart as I can. If my gut says it’s safe to let her off the leash, then I’ll let her off the leash until my gut says to put her back on. That’s the best I can do, and if the unforeseeable happens…we’ll deal with it. 

7 Comments

  1. Kyle really enjoying your posts! As someone who lives to hike but is having heart issues I am living vicariously through your journeies! Excited that Katana will be joining you! Keep on trekking – beautiful country! I rode a small part of the Contenental Divide in an endurance (horse) competition in souther Alberta several years ago – always wanted to get back and hike wit my dogs!

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  2. All I can continue to say is Wow and try to close my mouth from it constantly dropping open…..lol…..Looking forward to seeing Katana back on the trail with you and Schweppes!

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  3. If you’re in Glacier, dogs are not allowed in the backcountry or on trails. If you have a dog in developed areas, they must be on leash at all times.
    From a practical point of view, if you’re letting your dog off leash, I’d suggest having bear spray accessible at a moment’s notice.
    Good luck. Looks like an awesome adventure.

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  4. Thanks for taking the time for the update blogs. Love to see as many pics as possible. This looks like a frat trip! Have fun and keep us posted.

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