Glacier Park warning high country hikers to have self-arrest equipment

HIKING – Glacier National Park rangers are warning hikers to think like mountaineers in their preparation for trekking high-elevation trails — much as I suggested from my recent experience in this morning's post.

As they opened the popular Highline Trail at Logan Pass to foot travel they offered timely advice to hikers who might venture on the still-snow-patched trail.  Read on…

Snow drifts exist in areas of the trail and drop-offs between the edge of a drift and the trail exist in some locations. It is recommended to hike with appropriate hiking and self-arrest equipment, including an ice axe, hiking poles, appropriate boots, and knowledge on how to use the equipment, and awareness of individual hiking skills and limitations. All hikers are encouraged to turn around if conditions exceed what is comfortable or beyond personal experience and limitations.

Many of the trails at higher elevations have snow … plan ahead.

Info: www.nps.gov/glac, or call the park at 406-888-7800.

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