Glacier Classic

The 18th Annual Glacier Classic

“The Kercher Classic”

Thursday, August 18- Sunday, August 21, 2022

We are very excited to once again be putting together plans for the signature event of The Rocky Mountaineers—The Kercher Glacier Classic!  We hope many of you will once again join us for what is always a great time in our crown jewel of a National Park just to our north.  Whether it’s your first time or eighteenth, it will be a weekend of great hikes, climbs and camp camaraderie!

New to the club or the area?  Asking yourself, “what is the Kercher Glacier Classic”? 

We began this event in 2005.  Our idea was to have one weekend every August where we would basecamp around Glacier and have several hikes and climbs each day.  In the evenings, meet back in camp and tell stories of the days’ adventures.  Make new friends, reacquaint with old ones.  What began as a small gathering of eight attendees has since grown to usually host between 30-40.  We have held it in various locations around the Park but have recently settled on private campgrounds in the St. Mary area due to the ability to easily reserve for a large group, as well as its proximity to a high concentration of relatively easily accessible adventures. 

In 2021 the Glacier Classic was renamed the Kercher Glacier Classic in honor of our dear friend and club member Bryan Kercher.  Bryan tragically lost his life in a mountaineering accident in the spring of 2021.  He loved Glacier National Park as much or more than anyone we ever knew.  What better way to celebrate his contagious smile, energy and spirit than to share some adventures in this magnificent place!

We do require membership for this event.  We also split the camping costs between all attendees who choose to stay at the campground (usually $30-40 for the weekend).  Rain or shine its ALWAYS a great time.  Join us!

Our basecamp this year will once again be the Divide Creek Campground in St. Mary.   Please RSVP to ensure your spot.  There are a couple of cabins that can be rented here as well, if interested. 

More trips and details will be added as the event gets closer.  Stay tuned and check out our online calendar for updates.

Organizer:  Forest Dean- mtnear1@gmail.com

Itinerary:

Thursday- We will hopefully have a couple of half day trips this afternoon for those wishing to arrive early.  For those who want to participate in one of the Friday trip offerings you should arrive in St. Mary this evening.

Friday- We will have at least two trips today for those wanting a longer weekend.  The rest of the participants will likely head up to St. Mary and arrive sometime Friday afternoon or evening.  Bring your own food and drink for dinner this evening.  Around 8:00pm we will have the Saturday trip leaders announce their plans for the following day.

Saturday– Climbs and hikes during the day.  BYO dinner and drinks in the evening.  Hopefully we can all gather around a campfire.  Again, around 8:00pm we will discuss the following day’s trip options.

Sunday– More hikes and climbs for those interested, or head home whenever you desire.