Backpacking Guides and Trips

Trips
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Bear Trap Canyon Lee Metcalf Wildernesd
by samh on Apr 12, 2014
Backpacking | 16.1 miles
A spring 24 hour solo overnight backpack.
Sweeney Creek, Bitterroot Wilderness Photo
Sweeney Creek, Bitterroot Wilderness Photo
Sweeney Creek, Bitterroot Wilderness Photo
Sweeney Creek, Bitterroot Wilderness Photo
Backpacking Sweeney Creek Bitterroot Selway Wilderness
by samh on Aug 17, 2013
Stevensville, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 5.5 miles
An overnight backpacking trip up Sweeney Creek in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness near Stevensville, Montana
Starting Off Photo
Self Portrait Photo
Self Portrait Photo
Pacific Northwest Trail Thru Hike
by samh on Sep 27, 2011
United States
Backpacking | 911 miles
On June 21st, 2007 I begin walking at Glacier National Park with intent to move westward roughly 1200 miles reaching my goal of the Pacific Ocean in late August or early September.On August 20th, 2007 I reached that goal with a lightness in my step and a smile upon my face. Sixty-one glorious days of backpacking through the highlands and lowlands of the Pacific Northwest were an enlightening time for me both...
Hyalite Overnighter
by samh on Sep 18, 2011
Montana, United States
Backpacking | 11.8 miles
I worked until 16:30 but had packed my gear the previous night. I hit the trail as quick as possible and made very good time to Hyalite Lake (3.5 mph avg). I had my tarp up, bearbag hung, and cook gear set out just as darkness fell. I awoke leisurely around 7:30 and was back in town before noon.
Bridge over Hellroaring Creek Photo
A big rock Photo
Sam Photo
Hiking Photo
Backpacking the Spanish Peaks
by samh on Oct 12, 2010
Bozeman, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 29 miles
Annual Flavor Country backpacking trip.  We opted to do a twenty-eight mile route through the Lee Metcalf Wilderness particularly in the Spanish Peaks near Bozeman, Montana.
Backpacking Light Stealth Nano Tarp Photo
Ben Photo
Mike Photo
Sam's rain skirt Photo
The Beaten Path - Cooke City to East Rosebud - Absaroka Beartooths
by samh on Aug 17, 2010
Cooke City, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 25 miles
Date: August 12th, 2010Location: "The Beaten Path" trail from Cooke City to East Rosebud in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness.Participants: Ben, Dan, Mike, and Sam
Teton Mountain Range Photo
Charlie Photo
Paul Photo
Caleb Photo
Backpacking Light - Wilderness Trekking School - WS1-LWB - 2010-07-29
by samh on Aug 09, 2010
Jackson, Wyoming, United States
Backpacking | 12.3 miles
Over a weekend in late July and early August Chris Wallace and I had the opportunity to instruct a group of excited students in the ways and (dare I say) art of ultralight backpacking.  We were working on behalf of the Backpacking Light Wilderness Trekking School and operated a three day course out of Jackson Hole Wyoming in the Bridger Teton National Forest. Read More:http://ultralightbackpacking.blogspot.com/2010/08/backpacking-light-wilderness-trekking.html
Chris Trucks On Photo
Map Decisions Photo
The Group Photo
Bill in the Evening Photo
Wilderness Trekking III - 2008, Absaroka Beartooth traverse attempt
by samh on Jun 11, 2010
Cooke City-Silver Gate, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 72 miles
October 2008, Ryan Jordan, Chris Wallace, Ryan Connelly, Sam Haraldson, and Andrew Skurka set out to traverse the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness using only 100k topo relief maps with no trails or landmarks marked  - - just the topo relief.  We carried no watches or electronics, just compasses.  We carried no water bottles, just our cookpots.  We carried no lighters or matches, just fire strikers.  It was beautiful for the first few days...
Mike Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Photo
Jax Photo
Cave Photo
Snowy Peak Photo
West Fork Boulder River, Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness
by samh on Jun 07, 2010
McLeod, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 18.6 miles
We chose this overnighter into the Absarokas because it's one of the longest trails into the Wilderness that stays below 7,000 ft which at the time represented the snow line.  It allowed us to get nine miles deep without encountering snow and made for great early season backpacking.  The river and tributary creeks were running like crazy and we had to make five fords, one of which was crotch-deep and freezing cold....
Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Sign Photo
Mike and the Dogs Photo
Coda post-holing Photo
Mike at the mouth of Crystal Cave Photo
East Fork Sage Creek - Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, Montana, USA
by samh on Jun 01, 2010
Pray, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 14.6 miles
Memorial Day Weekend overnighter with Sam, Mike, and dogs Coda and Jax.  We hiked up the river valley with the plan of camping where ever we were when we hit the snow line.  This ended up being approximately 7,500 ft elevation near a spot on the map called Crystal Cave.  We explored the cave and then found a suitable campsite a few tenths of a mile away.  Having taken part in a...
Goodbye Cooke City Photo
Chris Trucks On Photo
Map Decisions Photo
Moutains and Meadows Photo
Backpacking Light - Wilderness Trekking School - WTIII 2008
by samh on Oct 07, 2008
Cooke City, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 72 miles
BackpackingLight.com's Wilderness Trekking III course, October 2008. Cooke City, Montana to McLeod, Montana. Four days of trail and off trail travel with limited maps, no matches, lighters, water bottles, nor electronics.  Weather went from sunny and seventy to snowing and ten.  The intended route was to trek from Cooke City to Pine Creek but avalanche danger re-directed us from climbing the Black/McKnight massif to a diversion NNE out the Boulder drainage toward McLeod.  A...
Eric at the trailhead (Lazy Day (historical), Montana, United States) Photo
Hiking (Lazy Day (historical), Montana, United States) Photo
Golite Shangri-La 2 (Independence, Montana, United States) Photo
Eric getting water (Independence, Montana, United States) Photo
Absaroka Beartooth Backpacking Trip - Box Canyon to Upsidedown Trail
by samh on Sep 29, 2009
Mcleod, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 28 miles
Flavor Country annual backpacking trip. Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness from Box Canyon, up, into and around the Lake Plateau and out the Upsidedown Trail. Approximately 30 miles over four days, Sept. 22 - 25, 2009.More photos of this trip available at:http://picasaweb.google.com/WOTboy
Hikers (Jardine, Montana, United States) Photo
Thompson Lake (Jardine, Montana, United States) Photo
USFS blaze (Jardine, Montana, United States) Photo
Frank (Jardine, Montana, United States) Photo
Backpacking Light - Wilderness Trekking School - WS1-LWB - 2009-09-18
by samh on Sep 21, 2009
Pray, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 21 miles
Backpacking Light's Wilderness Trekking School "Wilderness Skills Level One, Lightweight Backpacking" course.  Sept. 18 - 20, 2009.
Our group food ready for weighing (Storrs (historical), Montana, United States) Photo
June writes down her initial gear weights (Storrs (historical), Montana, United States) Photo
Lion\'s Ridge shuttle bus (Storrs (historical), Montana, United States) Photo
Sam and Bruce (Hoffman, Montana, United States) Photo
Backpacking Light - Wilderness Trekking School - WS1-LWB
by samh on Jun 16, 2009
Bozeman, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 14.8 miles
This past weekend, June 12th - 14th, our six member team consisting of four students and two instructors set out into the Gallatin Mountain Range of SW Montana to learn the principles of Lightweight Backpacking during Backpacking Light's Wilderness Trekking School course, "Wilderness Skills I, Lightweight Backpacking".BPL's course was taught by Mike Clelland! and Sam Haraldson. The four students were BPL members, Bruce, Gregg, Dave, and June. Level of experience ranged from 30 years backpacking to some without much...
Sarah\'s Gear (Lakeview, Montana, United States) Photo
Backpacks packed (Lakeview, Montana, United States) Photo
Maya dog with her Granite Gear pack (Lakeview, Montana, United States) Photo
Sarah prepares her bed (Lakeview, Montana, United States) Photo
Backpacking Coffin Lake - Gallatin National Forest
by samh on Sep 06, 2009
West Yellowstone, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 4.8 miles
Sarah, Sam, and Maya dog go for an overnight backpacking trip to Coffin Lake near West Yellowstone, Montana in the Gallatin National Forest.  The hike requires about 2000 vertical feet of climbing in just under five miles.  There are a handful of sections of switchbacks that are easily graded and the trip provides for an overall easy hike for the acclimated individual.  The conclusion of the hike is either at Coffin Lake...
High Plains of Yellowstone (Mammoth, Wyoming, United States) Photo
Electric Peak (Mammoth, Wyoming, United States) Photo
Electric Peak (Mammoth, Wyoming, United States) Photo
Electric Peak (Mammoth, Wyoming, United States) Photo
Summit Cheeseburger - Electric Peak
by samh on Apr 17, 2009
Gardiner, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 9.8 miles
My Summit Cheeseburger Project entry for Electric Peak; Yellowstone National Park; Wyoming, and Montana.
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trillium (Essex, Montana, United States) Photo
logan - on rock (Essex, Montana, United States) Photo
breakfast Photo
Glacier National Park - Upper Park Creek
by samh on Apr 16, 2009
Essex, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 16.4 miles
Casey, Logan, and Sam do a 32 mile overnighter into the Park Creek drainage of the Middle Fork district of Glacier National Park.  We camped at Upper Park Creek, day hiked to Lake Isabel the following morning and headed back out on day three.
heather blurry (Pinnacle, Montana, United States) Photo
heather blurry close up (Pinnacle, Montana, United States) Photo
heather blurry in trees (Pinnacle, Montana, United States) Photo
heather eating (Pinnacle, Montana, United States) Photo
Glacier National Park - Coal Nyack Loop
by samh on Apr 16, 2009
East Glacier, Montana, United States
Backpacking | 41 miles
After my first season on a trail crew in Glacier National Park, my girlfriend of the time came to visit for a few nights of backpacking.  We chose to hike the 41 mile loop up the Coal Creek drainage, over Surprise Pass, and out Nyack Creek.  
Sam packed (Voyageur Trailer Park, Minnesota, United States) Photo
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027_24A (Voyageur Trailer Park, Minnesota, United States) Photo
Superior Hiking Trail Thru Hike
by samh on Apr 15, 2009
Two Harbors, Minnesota, United States
Backpacking | 225 miles
I grew up in Minnesota in a camping family but fell in love with backpacking in my late-twenties. I became quite a hiker and backpacker while working on a trail-maintenance crew in Glacier National Park, West Glacier, Montana. Spending so many days and nights in the backcountry gave me the realization that I could, without too much difficulty do an average length thru-hike. I'd heard tell of the Superior Hiking Trail and had set my mind to hike it...
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Greenstone Ridge Isle Royale (Rock Harbor Lodge, Michigan, United States) Photo
Sam balancing Isle Royale (Rock Harbor Lodge, Michigan, United States) Photo
Isle Royale National Park - Greenstone Ridge Variation
by samh on Apr 15, 2009
Windigo, Michigan, United States
Backpacking | 43 miles
View my backpacking Web site at http://samh.net/backpackingOverviewJason, Mark, Mike and Sam set out for a week of backpacking in what ended up being the worst mosquitoes any of us had ever seen. This is no understatement either as we all grew up in various parts of Minnesota which is home to some of the biggest and worst skeeters this side of Alaska. This was Jason's first backpacking trip and we were doing decent miles much to his...

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