Spring ‘stream reading: Bert Gildart

Just in time for spring reading, our Safari Airstream’s magazine rack now holds two new publications, Glacier Icons: 50 Classic Views of the Crown of the Continent, by Bert Gildart, and the “new and improved” Spring 2012 issue of Airstream Life magazine.

This first edition of Glacier Icons, published February 21, 2012, by Globe Pequot Press, features 50 large, stunning photographs of Glacier National Park‘s iconic places, animals, plants, and people, along with short and succinct essays packed with information.  In the “Introduction” to his book, Bert writes, “this northwestern Montana park offers a multitude of diverse flora, fauna, and scenic geography, thanks to its dramatic geologic history… born of volcanic fire… and gouged by great continental ice sheets.”

Unfortunately, one of the most photographed glaciers in the park, Grinnell Glacier (named for George Bird Grinnell, influential in establishing Glacier National Park in 1910), is a disappearing icon.  “According to Dr. Dan Fagre, Glacier’s climatologist, Grinnell Glacier could be the poster child for global warming… conditions are changing and that can best be appreciated by hiking to the Grinnell Overlook… from there, the panorama dramatizes the now-accelerated rate of global warming,” writes Bert on page 20.  Listen to Dan Fagre as he talks about his mountain ecosystems research in Glacier National Park.

Glacier National Park, with its thrilling Going-to-the-Sun Road, is included in Bert’s “Our Favorite National Parks” Airstream Life article, Spring 2011 issue.  “I worked here in the late ’60s and ’70s as a seasonal ranger – and have returned almost every summer since then to hike,” wrote Bert in his article, “Glacier National Park – An Exploration of Glaciers, Bears, Sheep, and Tiny Pikas,” in the Spring 2006 issue of Airstream Life.  The article covers Bert and Janie’s visit to Glacier National Park with their 28-foot Safari in the summer of 2005, where they joined a group hike on Grinnell Glacier Trail led by Dr. Dan Fagre, who pointed out the recession of Grinnell Glacier.

Bert’s stories and articles have appeared in most Airstream Life issues since the first one in 2004, including the current Spring 2012 issue that features his article, “Chaco Culture National Historical Park in Winter – Explored by Airstream.”  This article covers Bert and Janie’s adventure into Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico in a brutally cold November, 2009, where they completely ran out of trailer power and generator gas as outside temperatures dipped to -11° F after midnight.

According to Editor and Publisher Rich Luhr, starting with the Winter 2011 issue, Airstream Life has improved its readability by its choice of fonts, a “cleaner” article template, and more dramatic layouts with larger pictures.  Airstream Life has a new feature, the “Buyer’s Guide”, which reviews specific Airstream models, and continues to feature quality articles such as those by Bert Gildart, with rich, poetic and majestic images.

As mentioned in Glacier Icons‘ “About The Author” section, “Bert Gildart is the author of more than four hundred magazine and newspaper feature stories.”

“He is the author of fifteen books, seven of which he coauthored with his wife, Janie.”  (He is also a daring and creative photographer.)

When Bert and Janie are not busy hiking and photographing, or writing, you might find them around a crackling campfire, chatting with friends, or listening to performers, such as their friend Tony Feathers, who has a knack of mesmerizing kangaroo rats with his music such as “Old Black Crow.”


  1. says

    Bill, Janie and I absolutely love, love, love your blog, even those in which we’re not featured. Of course we don’t mind that you featured us. Ha

    Will see you all in about a week.

  2. Rich Luhr says

    Bill, you’ll also notice a friend of yours on page 25 of Bert’s latest book. It was quite a memorable day for her, hiking 12 miles of the Highline Trail above 6000 feet, in sandals and a dress!

  3. Bill D. says

    Thanks for your comments, Bert and Rich…

    and thanks for pointing out that on page 25 of Glacier Icons is a photograph of my friend, a playful 6-year-old Emma blissfully running in sandals on Glacier Park’s spectacular Highline Trail with 1,000-foot drop-offs along the edge.

    See the photo and Bert’s account:

    Twelve Trail Miles in Glacier National Park With Emma, A Six-Year Old

    See Rich’s account with additional scenic photos:

    Glacier National Park

  4. says

    Hope you all made it back safely, and thanks, Larry, for terrific meal! Hope to see you both before the year elapses. Bill, I think you’d have enjoyed photographing stars and the dragon. Continue to enjoy your posting, above.