June 15th – We awoke to low clouds but as we began our climb up to Red Gap pass the clouds lifted revealing breathtaking views of Merit Mountain and its massive shimmering glacier. We encountered a few patches of snow but easily arrived at the pass for a snack break – filling up on food and the spectacular views. The southside of the pass had a bit more snow but also great glissading (basically sledding without a sled) opportunities and after a short while we were able to bushwhack down to the trail on our way to Many Glacier. The sunny skies continued and in Many Glacier we were even able to enjoy luxuries like huckleberry ice cream and flush toilets. Two gentle days to ease our way into thru-hiking… to prepare us for the 100% chance of rain tomorrow.