The IGO W114° Montana Challenge takes place in big sky country; a land of pristine wilderness where elk, bison, grizzly bears and antelope outnumber humans. Imagine skies that stretch uninterrupted for as far as you can see. Calm lakes rippling in the breeze. Trails winding through miles of untouched forest. The sound of your wheels […]
When it came to arranging our Ultimate Challenge week, we didn’t hold back on the things that make your heart race. River swimming, trekking, cycling, kayaking – this is a real test of will and endurance. Luckily, the Glacier National Park is also the perfect place to chill out with your new comrades, so we’ve included plenty of time for fly fishing and drinks under the late summer sun.
DISCIPLINES: Hike/Run, Mountain Bike, Kayak, Swim
TOTAL DISTANCE: 140km (over 4 days)
ELEVATION GAIN: 1,600m
Local Expert Talks & More
Dates / Prices
9 – 14 September 2019
Arrival for Hotel Option participants
Evening welcome meeting
The optional training day – kayak & mountain bike training
All participants meet for briefing
The IGO Ultimate Challenge Stage 1: Swim & run
Arrival in camp 1
Physio tent open
The IGO Ultimate Challenge Stage 2: Mountain bike
Arrival in camp 2
Physio tent open
Wood chopping workshop
Talk from local expert
The IGO Ultimate Challenge Stage 3: Kayak
Arrival in camp 3
Physio tent open
The IGO Ultimate Challenge Stage 4: Hike & run
Arrival in Whitefish Finish Line
Prize giving & celebrations
Expedition Stage 4: Trek/Run
Finish in Depot Park, Whitefish
Celebration dinner & prize-giving
Enjoy the hotel facilities; have a massage, play a round of golf
Experiences in Camp
Through the Week
Talk from a local expert on the surrounding area
Wood chopping workshop
Local music in camp
Fly fishing and learning how to fillet a fish
Wild cooking workshop run by Basic Kitchen
Grouse Mountain Lodge
- Return transfers from Glacier International Airport
- Training day with local experts (for those opting for training day)
- Equipment: mountain bikes, kayaks, safety equipment including helmets and life jackets, tents, sleeping mats
- Activities and expereinces in camp including, expert talk, river yoga, wild cookery classes, fly fishing, local music.
- Event support and fully signposted route
- Yellow Brick tracking devices
- Event accomodation in dome tents (sharing basis of 2 or 4 people)
- Locally sourced organic food on the event from Tuesday lunch to Friday lunch inclusive
- Water on event
- Celebratory drinks part and awards in Whitefish on Friday evening
- Medical and physio support during event
- Technical t-shirt and welcome pack
- Finishers medal and wristband
- Transport to Whitefish, Montana (excluding those staying at the hotel and getting transfers)
- Personal equipment inc. sleeping bag and clothing (see kit list for full details)
- Travel insurance specific to location and disciplines (obligatory)
- Drinks at camp bar on Saturday night (cash only)
- IGO Ultimate Challenge cap - available to purchase at the event
You do not need any experience of kayaking to take part in the Montana Challenge. There will be a chance on the optional training day to learn the basic skills and practice on the river. The kayaks we use are inflatable kayaks and do not have skirts. There are some small areas of white water on the route, but these are completely manageable by amateurs at this time of year.
Recommended airport: Glacier Park International airport (transfers provided).nTransfers are managed through our hotel partner Grouse Mountain lodge who will provide a shuttle service.nnMaking your own way? Meeting point is at Grouse Mountain Lodge, conference room 1. Monday evening event briefing at 6pm.nnThere are many domestic flights into Glacier Park International but no direct flights from Europe. If traveling from outside the US you will either have to fly into Calgary in Canada and drive down (cheapest) or fly into either Seattle, Denver, Salt lake, LAX and get a domestic connecting flight (more expensive).
There are no showers in our camps, however all camps are situated by lakes or rivers for a cleansing dip if required! There are chemical toilets at each camp.
The weather in Montana in September can be variable and therefore it essential you bring the right kit to cover all eventualities. Our kit list is a good starting point and nearer the time we can let you know how the forecast is looking so you can adapt your packing accordingly.
There are Black and Grizzly bears in the Glacier National Park, however encounters are rare and attacks on humans are incredibly rare. We take all the necessary safety precautions, but you can help us further by:nn- Ensuring that all food, including personal food, is not stored in your tent. There will be bear boxes available to put all your food in overnight and you can get this back before we depart each morning.n- Not leaving any litter, food scraps or wrapping anywhere except for the bin.n- Carrying bear spray with you when on course (we will show you where this can be purchased in Whitefish and how to use it). This is not a repellent but temporarily incapacitates bears.
We will be sleeping in normal tents with either 2 or 3 people in each. If there is someone specific you would like to share with, please let us know so we can try and accommodate your request. If it’s a dry night we recommend leaving the fly sheet off so you can see the stars!
Our camps are in stunning locations, all next to either a lake or a river. This is your time to enjoy being in the wilderness and enjoying the down time – be that reading a book or getting involved in the activities provided in camp – fly fishing, wild swimming, wild cooking, yoga, wood chopping or simply getting to know your fellow participants better over a cold beer!