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Mt. Agassiz

Mount Agassiz stands at 13,893 feet above sea level, along the Sierra Crest. Swiss-born Louis Agassiz was a man of many sciences, trained as a geologist and biologist, but perhaps his most well-known work was his founding of the science…
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Almost-A-Dog Pass

Almost-A-Dog Pass is an extremely remote, trail-less pass only visited by the most hardy off trail hikers and mountaineers. Almost-A-Dog Pass basically sits atop the convergence of three valleys, the Blackfoot Glacier basin, Virgnia Creek valley and the Red Eagle…
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Twin Lakes

This view from atop Fusillade Mountain shows a pair of basin lakes named Twin Lakes. These lakes are easily visible from Fusillade, Dragon’s Tail, Heavy Runner, Citadel Mountain and Reynolds Mountain, but not visible from anywhere else. Fusillade Mountain, the…
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Mount Jackson

Mount Jackson is one of Glacier National Park’s six “10ers” (peaks over 10,000 feet). This behemoth of a mountain was named by Dr. George “Bird” Grinnell in 1891 for his friend Billy Jackson, whose Blackfeet name was “Blackfoot Man”. This…
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Sunset

As a mountaineer, most times it is a very bad thing to see sunset from atop a peak. Luckily, the journey back to our campsite from this location was relatively quick, making for an unforgettable scene and adventure. Reaching the…
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St. Mary Peaks

In his canonical text “A Climber’s Guide to Glacier National Park”, the patron saint of climbing in Glacier National Park, J. Gordon Edwards exclaimed that the “Saint Mary Valley provides enough challenging destinations to keep most mountaineers occupied for several…
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Beargrass

Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) is the official flower of Glacier National Park. Closely related to the lily family, this luxuriant plant thrives in post-wildfire habitats and is often one of the first plants to recolonize. Rhizomes of the plant are able…
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Pumpelly Glacier

Pumpelly Glacier is another seldom-seen glacier in Glacier National Park. This glacier is named after the first white man to see it (1883), renowned Harvard geologist and early Glacier-area explorer Raphael Pumpelly. This glacier is situated on the west slopes…
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Harrison Glacier

Harrison Glacier is one of the largest glaciers in Glacier National Park, yet one of the least seen. Sitting on the western side of the continental divide astride might Mount Jackson and Walton Mountain (the spire in the center of…
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