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Becky Lomax

Becky Lomax

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Becky Lomax lives in the woods outside Glacier National Park, Montana. She has parlayed her decade as a hiking and backpacking guide in Glacier into writing about the park. She also takes frequent trips year-round to nearby Yellowstone and Grand Teton. She has authored three Moon Travel Guides: Glacier National Park, Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and Montana, Wyoming, & Idaho Camping. Her USA National Parks guidebook will be out in Fall 2018. She has also written for magazines including Smithsonian, Backpacker, Montana Magazine and regional publications. Wildlife provides a pleasant interruption to writing and editing. Moose saunter through her back yard and grizzly bears prowl up on her deck. Check out her writing, editing and photography at www.beckylomax.com.

Posts by Becky Lomax

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  • 1
    What's your favorite mode of transportation? Why?

    I would rather walk a trail across mountains than see them from behind car windows. Traveling by foot offers the intimacy of touching trees, feeling the wind, hearing the cry of an eagle and learning to shift my gait with the nuances of the terrain on the trail. Watching from inside windows is merely sightseeing, but walking gives deeper experiences.

  • 2
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    Once when backcountry skiing in early May in Glacier, a grizzly sow with a four-month-old cub popped up out of a ravine about 40 feet from me. Much too close, the sow stood up to check me out. I fumbled for my pepper spray. She sniffed. She could have been on me in seconds, but instead bolted off up the hill with her cub in tow…right toward my companions. She chased one of my buddies, a ski racer, down the slope, matching each turn of his in the snow before disappearing into the woods. Were we scared? Absolutely.

  • 3
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    Located just south of Glacier Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness is also part of the Greater Glacier Ecosystem. The Bob, as locals call it, sees far fewer visitors than Glacier, but contains similar sweeping glacier-carved valleys, jagged peaks and grizzly bears. It’s truly a place to find solitude.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    We rely so much on our sense of sight to soak up scenery, but rarely pay attention to our other senses. Hot August days in Glacier can be heady with the scent of huckleberries. Even a landscape of snow smells of a raw crispness. Sometimes, I have to remind myself to stop to breathe in the scents.