Thanks everyone for the hiking boots advice - spent some hours and $$ at REI last weekend, now we'll have a few weeks to break in our new boots.Also got the Ultrathon, so thanks again PlanetR!
Next question: we asked the REI guy if they sell any containers that we could use to keep the bears from smelling wrappers from our protein bars and he laughed at us. Also said bear spray and bells are a waste of money. Should we not take protein bars on a hike? Should we only hike with groups (because of bears)? Should I try to reserve guided hikes now for a trip over Labor Day? We're staying at Many Glacier Hotel. We really appreciate ally our help!