THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEERS
Come Explore with Us.
Who are we?
The Rocky Mountaineers is a non-profit outdoor club based in Missoula, Montana that offers adventure opportunities and promotes the acquisition of skills necessary to thrive in the mountain environment. Founded in 1960, the club provides monthly presentations for inspiration, “round table” discussions for knowledge sharing, technical skills clinics, and a full calendar of trips led by qualified leaders.
Join us for our monthly presentation at a new location: Spirit of Peace Community Building, 506 Toole Avenue
Doors open at 6:00 pm!
Long distance hiking in the American West: a presentation by Leland Earls
A discussion about the long-distance trails in the American West. For several years, Leland organized his life around long-distance hikes – dreaming, plotting, and (sometimes) planning the next great walk. Beginning with an ill-fated attempt on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010 (Chronicled in a humiliating episode of the ‘Outside’ podcast), he successfully thru-hiked The Pacific Crest Trail, The Continental Divide Trail, The Arizona Trail, and the Florida Trail. From desert floor to deep snow in the high alpine, we’ll discuss different techniques of packing, hiking, and planning.
The ‘Hike your own hike’ mantra is cliché, but the heart of any meaningful adventure. In a world of opinionated outdoor enthusiasts and gear-heads, Leland tries to cut through the rhetoric of the million ‘experts,’ and approach the heart of the thru-hike – How is thru-hiking different than week-long trips? What gear and planning is essential? What separates an unhappy thru-hiker from an ecstatic one?
Join us to talk about the many aspects of thru-hiking and dirtbagging. Ask and give advice, and start dreaming up your next long trip into the wilderness.
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