The 15th Annual Glacier Classic
Thursday, August 15- Sunday, August 18, 2019
This year The Rocky Mountaineers signature event- The Glacier Classic- celebrates its 15th anniversary! We sincerely hope you will consider joining us for this long weekend of climbs, hikes and all around fun in Glacier National Park. As with the last two years, we will be basing our activities out of St. Mary on the east side. This time around our campground will be Divide Creek Campground. We are still in the planning stages for our trip offerings: we will have at least two trips on Friday, four on Saturday, and two on Sunday. Our goal is to have something for most ability levels. Stay tuned! And while the trips are the focal point of the weekend, the camaraderie enjoyed at the camp in the evenings is often just as fun and memorable. Whether it’s your first time or your 15th, it’s certain to be a blast!
We would like to accommodate all who wish to attend, so please register early to ensure we have an adequate number of campsites. You are certainly free to get your own campsite (or stay elsewhere) but still join us for the activities and socializing.
Thursday- Those wishing to participate in one of the Friday trip offerings should arrive in St. Mary this evening.
Friday- We will have at least two trips today for those wanting a longer weekend. The rest of the participants will likely head up to St. Mary and arrive sometime Friday afternoon or evening. Bring your own food and drink for dinner this evening. Around 8:00pm we will have the Saturday trip leaders announce their plans for the following day.
Saturday- Climbs and hikes during the day. In the evening we’ll gather in camp for the infamous Hanou Burrito dinner! (bring your own drinks)
Sunday- More hikes and climbs for those interested, or head home whenever you desire.
Trips (preliminary- more to come):
ALLEN MOUNTAIN- Start at Many Glacier and hike/scramble up into the Snow Moon Basin before gaining the north side of the Peak. Class 4. Leader: John Bardsley
MT. JAMES- Start at Cut Bank Ranger station, hike up to Triple Divide Pass and ridge-walk to the summit. Class 2-3 with an elevation gain of 4,500, one way 9 miles (7 miles on human trail), return the same way. Leader: Susanna Girolamo Phillips
IPASHA PEAK- Long out and back trip via the “Yo-Yo” Route. Hike to Iceberg Lake from Many Glacier, ascend to Iceberg Notch, up and over Ahern Peak, scramble up Ipasha. Return the same way. Class 3. Leader: Forest Dean
PIEGAN MOUNTAIN- Start at Siyeh Bend and hike up to Piegan Pass then on up to the saddle between Pollock and Piegan. Scramble up to the summit from there. Class 2. Leader: Vick Applegate
WATERFALL HIKE- This shorter hike will begin at Sunrift Gorge trailhead and head to three waterfalls near the west end of St. Mary Lake: Baring Falls, St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls. Class 1. Leader: Steve Schombel
MOUNT CANNON- This will start at Logan Pass and ascend the trail to Hidden Lake overlook. Traverse and ascend to the saddle between Clements and Cannon then scramble to the summit of Cannon. Class 3. Leader: Forest Dean
For more information or to register please email:
Hope to see you there!