Glacier Nationwide Park Backpacking Packing Record



With greater than 1,000,000 acres of rugged wilderness and 700 miles of trails weaving by its valleys, mountains and alpine lakes, Glacier Nationwide Park is a paradise for backpackers. If you happen to’re able to discover Glacier’s backcountry, right here’s a guidelines that can assist you plan your journey.

The next listing is designed for a non-guided backpacking journey in Glacier Nationwide Park. (For details about visiting the park, see our information.) The listing contains some environment-specific choices for the park’s backcountry. If you happen to’re going with a industrial group, test with the information firm to see what gadgets they supply.

Included on this listing are the Ten Important Techniques it’s best to have on each backcountry journey: navigation; solar safety; insulation; illumination; first-aid provides; fireplace starter; restore equipment and instruments; vitamin; hydration; emergency shelter. To study extra, see our Ten Necessities article.

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  • Backpacking Pack (sufficiently big for a bear canister) and raincover
  • Small daypack (optionally available)
  • Tent with guylines and restore sleeve
  • Tent footprint (optionally available)
  • Sleeping bag (15°–29°F or appropriate for the season you go)
  • Waterproof stuff sack to your sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Whistle (plus signaling mirror)
  • Multifunction watch with altimeter (altimeter function is optionally available)
  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Compass
  • GPS (optionally available)
  • Map(s) and route description or guidebook
  • Trekking poles (optionally available)
  • LED headlamp with additional batteries
  • Water therapy system and backup
  • Range, gas and restore equipment
  • Matches or lighter
  • Cookset, dishes, bowls, utensils, cups (measuring/ingesting)
  • Bear canister (Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee authorised canister)
  • 30 ft. of rope for hanging meals and trash
  • Restore kits for sleeping pad and different gear; duct tape strips
  • Hearth starter (for emergency survival fireplace)

Clothes and Footwear

The bottom elevation in Glacier is roughly three,110 ft. on the west facet and four,540 ft. on the east facet. The common every day excessive temperature throughout summer time months is 70°–80°F, whereas the common every day low is 45°F. At greater elevations, each averages will probably be decrease. If you happen to’re tenting within the backcountry, be sure you carry insulated clothes.

Though the Continental Divide creates a rain shadow for the east facet of Glacier, you continue to must be ready for wet climate in all components of the park as a result of the climate patterns are extremely variable. If you head into the backcountry, rain gear is a should.

  • Wicking, quick-drying underwear
  • Wicking, quick-drying sports activities bra
  • Wicking, quick-drying lengthy underwear
  • Wicking, quick-drying T-shirt and long-sleeve shirt
  • Fast-drying pants (for added tick safety) or shorts
  • Fleece jacket or vest, or insulated jacket or vest
  • Fleece pants
  • Midweight down or artificial jacket
  • Waterproof/breathable rain jacket
  • Waterproof/breathable rain pants
  • Bandana or Buff
  • Solar-shielding hat or ball cap
  • Winter hat
  • Heat gloves or mittens
  • Mountain climbing boots or sneakers suited to terrain
  • Socks (artificial or wool) plus spares
  • Gaiters (for added tick safety)
  • Sandals (for fording streams and enjoyable in camp)
  • Swimwear (optionally available)
  • Microspikes or crampons (optionally available, however inspired for spring/fall)
  • Ice axe (optionally available, however inspired for spring/fall and excessive alpine areas)
  • Change of garments to depart in automobile

Private Gadgets 

  • Sun shades
  • Water bottles (three) or hydration reservoirs
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm (SPF rated)
  • Toothbrush with cowl and biodegradable toothpaste
  • Biodegradable cleaning soap
  • Bathroom paper
  • Sanitation trowel
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Ladies’s hygiene gadgets
  • Private wipes
  • Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Drugs
  • Plastic zip-top luggage
  • Odor-blocking storage luggage (optionally available, to cleanly stow trash)
  • Insect repellent
  • Bear spray
  • First-aid equipment (see our First-Assist Guidelines)
  • Fast-drying towel
  • Digicam or helmet cam and additional reminiscence playing cards (optionally available)
  • Binoculars (optionally available)
  • Mobile phone (don’t depend on service and change off worldwide roaming)
  • Satellite tv for pc communicator / private locator beacon (optionally available)
  • Discipline information(s); star identifier (optionally available)
  • Journal, pen and e-reader or studying materials (optionally available)
  • Fishing gear (optionally available)
  • Fishing allow (optionally available; see the park’s fishing web page for necessities)
  • Bank card; small amount of money
  • Wilderness allow
  • Nationwide Parks cross (yearly cross out there from
  • Journey itinerary left with pal and underneath automobile seat


Amount varies relying on exercise and size of journey.

  • Breakfast (oatmeal, granola, freeze-dried breakfast, and so forth.)
  • Lunch (bagels, summer time sausage, cheese, smoked salmon, and so forth.)
  • Dinner (pasta, couscous, rice, freeze-dried dinner, and so forth.)
  • Snacks (cookies, GORP, jerky, sweet bars, dried fruit, and so forth.)
  • Power gels
  • Power bars
  • Electrolyte substitute drink combine
  • Additional day’s provide of meals



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