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Monday, July 8, 2019

Montana Camping Trip - Rosebud Lake, Custer National Park, Montana







As we moved into July, my sister and I once again needed to make a decision on where to go for our annual hiking trip.  We decided on Taylor Fork outside of Yellowstone Park.  Nope, too many Grizzly
bears.  What about Gallatin Canyon? No, still too high of a risk of Grizzly encounters and I wouldn’t sleep at all for our 3 day outing.

So, we decided on a new area – East Rosebud Trail in the Custer National Forest near Roscoe, Montana.  Three hours away, we headed out early on Friday morning with her three kiddos and Cali the St. Bernard.  As we neared the parking lot, the mountains were steep and rugged with Rosebud lake at the base.  Absolutely beautiful. 

Jessica and I each put on 43+ lbs packs, loaded up the older 12 year olds with 25 lb packs, and the 10 year old and Cali with 11 lbs each.  Everyone needed to give it their all.  And yes, if you add that up, it is over 150+ lbs of gear.  Over the last 5 years of this annual trip, we cannot seem to get any lighter – tent, tarp, stove, 5 sleeping bags, 5 sleeping pads, one change of clothes and food.



Off we went on our initial 3.5 mile hike to Elk Lake. With an elevation gain of only 890 ft, it was an easy walk in.  Once at Elk Lake, there were about a half-dozen other campers so we sized up the last available spots and picked a great site with a rock cave and what seemed at first to be an even sleeping area…it wasn’t…

I did stay nice and warm with my Alpaca Extra Cushion Boot Socks during the evenings and walking in my Alpaca Running Socks during the day.

The next day we brought a single bag to Rimrock Lake 2.5 miles away.  Completely stunning.  This area is so diverse, from the bottom of the ravine to forests to sides of the mountains.  Every view is dramatic and overdone – gushing water with rocky crevices and numerous waterfalls coming right out of the mountain. 

The second evening we celebrated Grace and Bryce’s 13th birthday with Swedish Fish and Reece’s Pieces.  Again, above and beyond with happiness and appreciation for being in the wilderness.

If you have the opportunity to explore this wilderness, do so with enthusiasm.  It will lift your spirits, your heart and your happiness – be it a day hike or a few cozy overnighters like we were able to do.


We are an alpaca farm with 150 quirky alpacas, 10 enthusiastic employees and thousands of amazing alpaca products. After 15 years of experience, we offer hand crafted alpaca products from local knitters, crocheters and weavers - including hats, scarves, blankets as well as high-tech alpaca socks and fabrics. We also sell composted alpaca manure as a rich fertilizer. Alpacas of Montana is a fully vertically integrated alpaca farm and we love designing high quality alpaca products.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Adventure Walking / Hiking Socks - Wicking, Breathing, Comfortable - Video


Perfectly adaptable for all of life’s moments.
Created with the multifaceted life of our modern wearers in mind, this go-anywhere crew sock is designed to get you to the office, couch, pavement or trail. Versatility is its middle name.
  • Comfort Control: Patented yarn construction and mesh instep panels keep your feet fresh, dry and breathing. Extra cushioned bottom with micro mesh vent panels on top of foot.
  • Stays Put: Double ankle compression bands keep the socks from slipping.
  • Versatile Wear: Conveniently soft double terry for the office, your work boots or lounging on the couch.
  • Hypoallergenic: Specialty yarn blend to keep sensitive skin happy and odor-free.
  • Content: 50% Alpaca, 35% Acrylic, 8% Spandex, 7% Nylon
  • Care: Machine Wash Cold, Tumble Dry Low







Size Chart
Shoe SizesWomen
Men
Small 5-8.54-7 
Medium9-10.58-9.5
Large11-1310-12
X-Large12.5-15

 Try our mid-weight Mountain Crew Hiking Socks or Quarter Ankle Terrain Performance Socks




We are an alpaca farm with 150 quirky alpacas, 10 enthusiastic employees and thousands of amazing alpaca products. After 15 years of experience, we offer hand crafted alpaca products from local knitters, crocheters and weavers - including hats, scarves, blankets as well as high-tech alpaca socks and fabrics. We also sell composted alpaca manure as a rich fertilizer. Alpacas of Montana is a fully vertically integrated alpaca farm and we love designing high quality alpaca products.