A Discussion on Climate Change

with Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Steven Running

Trip Details

Trip Date:

05/31/2019 - 06/03/2019

Trip Type:

Stock Supported

Number of Days/Nights:

4 Days - 3 Nights



Distance with Day Hikes:



Price Per Person:





  • Climate Change discussion with Dr. Steve Running
  • Springtime exploration
  • Base Camp hiking
  • Educational opportunity


Take part in a fascinating discussion on climate change with Dr. Steven Running while exploring the Bob Marshall Wilderness. We are very excited to offer a trip into the North Fork of the Sun River joined by this 2004 Nobel Prize Winner. Dr. Running, a University of Montana regents professor, has been appointed to the NASA Advisory Council Science Committee.

Steve is a riveting, upbeat, charismatic speaker. This is a rare chance to hike and hang out around the campfire with a world-renowned scientist who also happens to be a lot of fun.

We head into the lush, broad valley of the North Fork of the Sun River via boat ride up Gibson Reservoir. After a five-mile hike through the dramatic open river valley, we set up a base camp near the river. Camp includes a cozy wall tent and wood stove in case of an early season storm. We take the next few days to explore the area and begin a discussion on climate science, impacts on natural systems, and how those changes will mark society. We will leave the North Fork with a better understanding of large-scale system processes and with a pearl of hope for how we can help support more sustainable living.

The North Fork is a springtime mecca and the perfect backdrop to our discussion. It provides calving and fawning ground for the local elk and deer populations. It is also home to a healthy wolf population, giving us a good chance to hear their haunting, beautiful howls. Portions of this area have burned in recent years, making the open hillsides glow with succulent new grass, attracting elk, deer, and vibrant wildflowers.

If you want to broaden your intellectual horizons, enjoy a mellow pace, and explore the North Fork in springtime beauty, this is the trip for you.

Please call or email for more details.
(406) 289–0863


Deposits are non-refundable, and the balance is due by May 15th  unless otherwise specified.  The balance is non-refundable after this date.  We do not give refunds for any reason. This includes but is not limited to; route changes due to wildfires, smoke, floods, trail conditions, or unprecedented weather events.  We do not give refunds if personal health inhibits you from participating on a trip.  Because of this, we STRONGLY recommend purchasing trip insurance.  We recommend Global Rescue’s Signature Travel Insurance.

Trip Rating Definitions



  • 5 - 8 mile travel days along river grade trail with some undulating terrain, but no major changes in elevation. All hiking is on maintained trail.


  • 6 – 10 mile travel days with some of those days requiring changes in elevation of 500 – 1200 ft. over several miles. Short portions of route may be off-trail.

Moderately Strenuous

  • 8 – 12+ mile travel days with some days having a combined change in elevation totaling 2,500 feet, or more, over several miles. Off-trail hiking and routing finding with short portions of limited exposure possible.


  • 7 – 12+ mile travel days with regular changes in elevation over a few miles. Frequent off-trail hiking over uneven terrain with areas of exposure and route finding involved. Previous backcountry experience required.

*Please note these descriptions are used for travel days only and are our attempt to provide a rating for the overall trip difficulty. On layover days we will offer optional hiking opportunities that may not be in keeping with the rest of the trip difficulty rating.

Additionally, changes in elevation are meant to represent the days’ starting and ending elevations, but not necessarily the total elevation lost and gained throughout the course of the day. If you have questions or concerns regarding trip difficulty and your abilities please contact us.