Dropstone Outfitting

All you have to do is hike…

Have you dreamed of hiking Montana without the burden of a heavy pack? Dropstone Outfitting is the only outfitter in the 1.5 million acre Bob Marshall Wilderness that caters specifically to guided backcountry foot travel. We offer stock supported hiking trips where all you carry is a small daypack as you explore the peaks and valleys of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The trips are accompanied by a short string of pack animals that carry the camp. We also offer backpacking adventures, custom backcountry experiences, and day hiking opportunities. Drop camp services may also be provided.

Because we cater to foot travel, our trips concentrate on what we think makes for exceptional hiking adventures — beautiful vistas, remote locations, distinctive and often rarely used routes, and small group sizes. We focus on traveling with minimum impact to the land — practicing Leave No Trace Ethics — while providing you with good food, good company, and a specific knowledge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.  

For information on featured backpacking trips and services visit www.dropstoneoutfitting.com.

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Latitude: 47.815036 Longitude: -112.177704 Elevation: 3820 ft
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Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

2017 Trips

May 18-22 Fire Ecology in the N. Fork of the Sun, June 18-22 N. Fork of the Blackfoot Loop, June 27-July 6 Silvertip Backpacking Loop w/ Bill Cunningham, July 23-28 Southern Chinese Wall Trip *FULL*, Aug. 3-10 Birch Creek- Trilobite Lakes Trip, Aug. 16-24 South Bob Traverse, Sept. 4-9 Late Summer along the Sun River

Activity Level to be Expected: Moderate

Sizes of Groups: 8 guests and 4 guides   Overnight Shelter Arrangements (if an overnight experience): Tent Camping

Costs to Participate: $940 - $1880 depending on trip

Traditional Trips: Fully guided hiking adventures with stock support. Pack string carries food, personal equipment, and group gear while you only carry a daypack. Two guides will accompany guests on route ranging from 5-10 days depending on trip. Group size typically 8 guests. Price generally $245/person/day.

Backpacking Trips: Fully guided hiking adventure. Group size limited to 8. Price is $150/person/day.

Custom Trips: You dream it up and Dropstone Outfitting provides the rest- backpacking, day hikes, stock-supported trips, and any wild ideas that need additional support.

Drop-camps: Very limited drop-camp services. Call for inquires.

Gear Rental: Rental available for tents, sleeping bags, sleeping bag liners, sleeping pads, and backpacks/daypacks. Whole package is $60 including a pack or $50 w/o a pack. Individaul item rental is from $10 - $20 depending on item.

*Group sizes limited to 8 guests. Prices include: meals, snacks, guiding services, stock support, airport shuttle, group gear, logistics, photo sharing coordination, and a map of route.

Local Knowledge & Certifications/Training

Co-owners and lead guides both grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front and have spent most of their lives exploring the rugged beauty of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. They hold degrees in Hydrology and Rangeland Management and have spent much of their careers with the United States Forest Service, Nature Conservancy and other organizations tracking and surveying animals, conducting stream assessments, packing and working on trail crews, wrangling and serving as naturalists. 

Sustainable Practices

Dropstone is the only outfitter for guided foot-travel in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area.

Traditional trips with Dropstone are five to ten days in the backcountry. Clients carry day-packs while a small group of pack animals carry the rest of the gear to the camp sites. To minimize their impact on the landscape, Dropstone adheres to the ‘leave no trace’ ethic and maintains small group sizes. These trips also play a long-lasting role in education and conservation.

 

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