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 Post subject: Glacier NP
PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 2:54 pm 
Dr. Crevasse
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My former college roommate is spending the summer working at the hospital in Browning MT, and he invited me out to do a little backpacking over Labor Day. We left from Many Glacier and headed up towards the Ptarmigan Tunnel. We were quickly above the trees and constantly on the lookout for bears in the area. We reached the tunnel quickly and it reminded me of entering the Mines of Moria. On the far side of the tunnel we stopped for lunch which consisted of lembas bread (seriously he found a recipe). From the tunnel we headed down to our campsite at Lake Elizabeth.

That evening three older men on mules came into camp. They kept trying to feed us and couldn't believe that we'd hiked over 12 mi. to get there and were planning on hiking 12 more tomorrow. They were very funny. That night we went looking for moose, but only heard there calls.

The next day we hiked up to Redgap Pass. Near the pass we spotted a heard of big horn sheep grazing on grass growning near a small stream. That day was extremely windy so we hurried over the pass and had lunch sheltered behind a rock. Then we headed down to Poia Lake where we made camp. Jeremy went for a quick swim, but really it was too cold to stay in very long. After dinner we checked out a nearby waterfall and discovered a black bear in the brush foraging for dinner. We looked down at him from our perch on the cliff and watched him for quite some time.

The next morning on our hike out we saw the black bear again and then a second one a minute later on the opposite side of the river. From Poia Lake we hiked back to Many Glacier. All it all it was a fantastic weekend in a beautiful National Park, thanks to people like George Grinnel and President Taft.

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