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Montana Wilderness Association to host Wilderness Walks statewide

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HELENA — Now in its 50th season, the Montana Wilderness Association’s Wilderness
Walks program is offering more than 150 guided walks across some of the state’s most magnificent backcountry this summer.

Since its beginnings on July 21, 1962, when MWA founders Ken and Florence Baldwin led 40 hikers on the first Wilderness Walk along a trail to Table Mountain in the Spanish Peaks, the intention of the Wilderness Walks program remains the same—to build grassroots support for wilderness by taking people to a special place that needs protection.

MWA’s Wilderness Walks program offers hikers of all ages and experience levels an opportunity to participate in a traditional recreation opportunity while enjoying Montana’s quiet beauty and special wild places. This year’s walks include day hikes, backpacking adventures, field trips, midweek escapes, and trail maintenance projects. All outings are free and open to the public, but participants must make reservations by contacting the hike leader.

Find a list of the 2012 Wilderness Walks at

“Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind. Walking is the exact balance between spirit and humility.”

— Gary Snyder

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