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I will be the first to admit that any backpacking done in this household is not done by me. The hubby on the other hand (foot? feet?) loves to backpack. In our travels about the country in the fifthwheel he had the opportunity to head into the back country in many states. Since we have settled in our new home state he has been so busy with his job as fire chief, building the yurt and the garden that he hasn’t had many opportunities to explore. I asked him for 5 places to backpack in Montana and he gave me his answer; 4 that he’d like to visit and one that he has. I was sent a book to help prepare for backpacking adventures at no cost but any opinions expressed are my own – well, the hubby’s if truth be told.


Before you head out for a backpacking adventure it is wise to learn what you need to take with you. This is not as stupid as it sounds. Every year there is at least one story on the news here of someone going out into the woods, getting lost and either being found a week later in poor share or well, bad news for the family. Often times they are people who hike a lot in their state and think that it’s the same when they get here.

No. It’s not.

Find a good, local store to where you are to offer advice and suggestions on what you need for where you are going to hike. The hubby loves The Trailhead in Missoula, MT. He goes there for a lot of his hiking needs. He is also a fan of REI. Both places have the equipment he needs and good customer service people with the knowledge of the places he wants to go.

A good resource guide will also help you get ready for your backpacking trip. Backpacking 101 by Heather Balogh Rochfort is a great addition to your adventure library. It shows you how to buy the right gear, plan your trip and be ready for emergencies.


There are so very many places to hike and backpack in this beautiful state – they can hardly be counted. I’m only including a teeny tiny percentage of the possibilities open to visitors to Montana.

Wild Goose Island, St. Marys Lake, Glacier National Park

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