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We are two women who love to backpack. Some might call it an obsession, others call it self care. When we aren't backpacking we are planning our next adventure. We find that we are our happiest when we are out in Montana's Backcountry, climbing peaks, and sleeping under starry skies. We think backpacking is meditative and we want to share the Northwest Montana's backcountry  with more people, especially women. 

Montana Backpacking Trips

Growing up the the mountains of northwest montana Madison has an affinity for the outdoors and sharing that passion with others. She finds walking with her head down through the forest to be one of the most meditative practices that one can do. The way life widdles itself down into simple acts of survival in the outdoors brings her a sense of peace and focus. Sharing this peace and sense of accomplishment with other women is one of the main reasons she confounded GNWG. 

As one of the founders and lead guides of GNWG, Sally feels that backpacking is meditative and can positively impact people in plentiful ways. She wants to share the backcountry with more people, especially women.  She loves her daily yoga, running, cold plunging, and meditation routines. Sally is in constant pursuit to expand her knowledge on the outdoors and what it has to offer. 

Both Madison & Sally have attained their Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certificates and their Avalanche Level 1.

Between the two of them they have a total of 8 years of professional guiding experience. Not including years of recreating in Glacier National park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Flathead National Forest and beyond!

Safety is at the forefront of everything we do here at Great Northern Wilderness Guides. From educating our guests how to properly carry and deploy bear spray to making sure everyone is hydrated during a hot day on the trail, we pay attention to all the big and little details. One of the most asked about topics from our guests is bears and what do we do if we encounter one. We take all wildlife encounters very seriously and have protocol for all types of interactions and will provide instruction. However, our main line of defense is controlling our scents. Yes you read that correctly...scents! We have a nightly scent routine where we make sure no one is going to bed with any unnecessary scents in their tents with them like a granola bars or chapstick.  In all of our years of guiding neither one of us has had a negative bear encounter! 


Love to Snack

Madison Browning

Madison Browning

Madison has been a guide for over 6 years and lives to be outdoors.

Sally Stecher

Sally Stecher

Being outside is Sally's top priority, no matter the season.



They call me Frank the Tank. I love trails and keeping human's safe.

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