Big Sky Walker

Each post includes a "photo tour."


On Mt. James in Glacier Park

Welcome! My name is Rod Benson: born 1959, grew up in Harlem (MT), married (Mardi), have 4 grown children, taught high school science 37 yrs (Helena High Earth Science 1994-2019). I enjoy hiking, peak-bagging, trail-running, snowshoeing, kayaking, meteorology, geology, and photography. I was also the advisor for the Helena High Outdoors Club. I retired from teaching in Montana on June 7, 2019 – So let me know if you have an opportunity that I might be interested in. (

To truly appreciate the featured hikes, you’ll need to check out the photo tours. I will post a new hiking adventure 1-2 times per month (possibly more frequently in the summer), so check back often, or sign up to “follow” the blog in the margin to the right. Followers will get an email notification when a new post is ready. Let me know if you have questions about the hikes, or if you are interested in advertising on Happy trails! -Rod Benson

Below: This map marks hikes that have been featured so far – Select full screen to expand, zoom in for more detail, or click on a marker for a link to the post.

3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Rod, This sounds like it’s going to be a great blog. I really enjoyed your first 4 posts and look forward to reading more. Montana is high on my list of places to visit and hope to finally get there next summer. I do lots of hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking around the Vancouver area (not quite as extreme as some of your adventures) and enjoy sharing them on my blog.
    Happy New Year! Caroline

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  2. Hi Rod! I live in Great Falls and have done many of similar hikes here already and always searching for people to get out with.



  3. Sir, good meeting you on the Mount Helena trails this morning!
    The scouting that my daughter and I are involved in, and which you saw me in uniform for, is called BPSA-US (Baden-Powell Service Association). Also if you’re ever curious I run a blog (not nearly as professional) about wildlife on the airport where I work. (
    Thanks again for sharing your blog, I’ll have take a closer look when I get some more time.
    – Clint


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