GLACIER PARK McCLINTOCK REUNION
|In August of 1999, my extended family decided to hold a
large reunion in Glacier National
Park to celebrate the life of my great great uncle, Walter McClintock. Back in the
late 1800's and early 1900's, Walter was one of the first people to survey the National
Park and the surrounding territory by order of Gifford Pinchot the head of the Forest
Service. While he explored Montana he became intrigued by the Blackfeet Indian Tribe. He
was invited to live with the Blackfeet Indians and was adopted by Chief Mad Wolf.
In recognition of the work he did in that area of our country, the Department of the Interior named a peak in Glacier National Park after him. It is called "McClintock Peak." It is in the Two Medicine Lake area which is located in the southeast corner of the park. The peak is actually several hundred feet just south of Cutbank Pass. It is a very remote area of the park, but extremely beautiful.
Family, some whom I had never met or heard of, came from all over the United States to take part in hiking to the peak. It was an experience I will never forget. I have included many pictures of our trip on the coming pages.
While we were there, a bear mauled several people on a trail in the southern area of the park. This happened after we finished the hike, but nonetheless it shows you need to be careful when hiking in the backcountry. Check out this newspaper article from the Missoulian about the attack.
Here are some links to pages my mom helped put together.
Click on the pictures for a larger image
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