We want you to really enjoy your wilderness trip with us this summer season. The intentions of this letter are to limit any confusion about the trip and prepare you as much as possible. Our goal is to make your excursion a great experience. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to improve our service to you.
Our wilderness pack trips are run out of Hellroaring Camp, located 8 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. Our recommended 5-day trip allows us one day to pack in, 3 days to explore, and one day to pack out. The horse pack trip to camp is approximately 5 hours through magnificent country. We stop for lunch on the divide, about one third of the way to camp. Our string of horses and mules are dependable. Previous riding experience is helpful but not required.
Once in camp, you can relax by the creek and enjoy beautiful Bull Moose Meadow. Your sleeping accommodations are in comfortable, carpeted, wall tents with foam padded cots and wood stoves. Propane lanterns are available, but most people prefer to use their headlamps. There are 2 to 4 people per tent. A hot shower is also available. We eat in a central eating tent with delicious food prepared by our camp cook. Please let us know of any special dietary needs in advance. If you want any alcoholic spirits be sure to purchase them before leaving Bozeman.
You could spend your days exploring, riding or hiking to various destinations. These might include a hike atop mountains exceeding 10,000 feet in elevation, horseback rides with spectacular views, panning for gold, exploring Indian encampments, photography trips filled with abundant wildlife or meadows lush with wildflowers. Maybe you would rather read a book, journal, meditate or paint by one of the pristine streams or high country lakes. Montana is famous for its fly fishing. If you are game to try it we have plenty of guides who would be happy to teach you. Our guides are well acquainted with the areas where you will be riding, hiking, fishing, and exploring. They are experienced outdoorsmen and flexible to your needs. Whatever your endeavor, our guides are there to assist you every step of the way.
The weather in July and August is usually very comfortable. Daytime temperatures range from 60 to 80 degrees. On clear nights the temperatures can range from 20-40 degrees. However, the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness weather is variable. Prepare for the changing mountain weather. Be sure to check ABO’s suggested equipment list for what to bring.
We want to concentrate on your trip the same as you, so please take care of all business transactions by the listed deadlines.
The most important thing to remember is a great attitude. Be ready to enjoy a wonderful trip, a memorable experience and the special things the mountains have to offer.
Cameron S. Mayo