Forums Current Conditions Montana Bozeman Thread 2012/2013
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  • #656868
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Enjoying improved access to the mountains of Yellowstone!

    #656869
    acopafeel
    134 Posts

    I took a small trip up Beehive on Monday, to test out a new board. Things were pretty sloppy on the way out by 1pm.

    and a teletubby screenshot!

    #656870
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Last Friday, I headed up Rock Creek in the Beartooths to check out the June Couloir. This was before things started scorching and we lost over 10″ of base. Even so, I would imagine coverage is pretty good and you can drive way up Rock Creek road, making access to this zone pretty light duty. So once things freeze again it’s worth checking out!

    Line just right of center

    Closer view:

    Start of the corn, after some icy survival mountaineer shredding

    Other great terrain nearby (I shredded this first one after the June since it has an opposite aspect and was just corning out as I climbed up it):

    #656871
    nordicbordn
    225 Posts

    spring time on the CD

    #656872
    samh
    726 Posts

    Humbling.

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    #656873
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Nice shot!

    #656874
    boppingshoe
    83 Posts

    somewhere in Tobacco Root mountains today.

    road to Pony with the Tobacco Root in the back.

    #656875
    acopafeel
    134 Posts

    From last Sunday on Blackmore. Poor photo quality (my specialty), but lots of sliding on NW aspects. A few pockets on the NW side of Blackmore had ripped out as well.

    #656876
    samh
    726 Posts

    @acopafeel wrote:

    From last Sunday on Blackmore. Poor photo quality (my specialty), but lots of sliding on NW aspects. A few pockets on the NW side of Blackmore had ripped out as well.

    This photo is looking down into Alex Lowe basin? We’re heading up there tomorrow night – thanks for the beta.

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    #656877
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Cool photo Cody. That basin seems to always have sizeable releases in the spring for whatever the reason. I have seen lots of June to-the-ground wet slabs go back there over the years.

    #656878
    acopafeel
    134 Posts

    affirmative Sam.
    Nick, I was a little surprised to see it step down like that.

    #656879
    samh
    726 Posts

    Thanks! T-minus 4.5 hours til camping!

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    #656880
    samh
    726 Posts

    Started up the Blackmore trailhead at 20:30 on Friday night

    Camped out, had coffee and breakfast and were on the summit around 09:00.

    The NW faces acopafeel mentioned were definitely slid out and there was lots of debris. The NE stuff was bomber though. No fail in our pit but the top 10 to 15 cm made for some slow sloughs that were fun to ride in front of.

    Snow line is 15 or 20 minutes walk above the lake. Hiking with board, boots, and camping gear is heavy.

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    #656881
    boppingshoe
    83 Posts

    Hiking with board, boots, and camping gear is heavy.

    that’s why I sat on my ass all weekend. you guys are core. :thumpsup:

    #656882
    samh
    726 Posts

    @boppingshoe wrote:

    Hiking with board, boots, and camping gear is heavy.

    that’s why I sat on my ass all weekend. you guys are core. :thumpsup:

    Thanks, boss. That may have been my last trip for the season, we’ll see. I took the batteries out of my transceiver and stashed my skins away extra carefully in the event those things end up sitting in a box for a few months.

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    #656883
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Nice one samh! Cool photo of you with Alex Lowe in the background. Nice to hear of a low snow line around there yet. Surprised you didn’t just bust out the “Teton Style” approach with snow so close to the trailhead. Us softbooters have to take the (few) advantages where we can 🙂 !

    Snow line in this part of the ‘tooths is still pretty low too! ~8,600’! Great shredding still to be had. Some steeper things are forming runnels, but most stuff isn’t and is still great at the right time of day.

    #656884
    samh
    726 Posts

    Fortunately the weather is warm enough I could leave my 0 deg bag at home and get away with my warmer quilt (Backpacking Light UL 240 for the gear nerds). This saves a bit of weight and I opted to trade that weight in with my trail runners.

    Snow line in the North Gallatins is somewhere between the high 7ks and low 8ks in the shade so pretty similar to you over to the East, Nick.

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    #656885
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Sam, you should head over to Beartooth Pass at least once before you put the gear away! Great coverage around here still. Is that a Hyperlite Mountain Gear pack you’re wearing in the Blackmore summit photo?

    #656886
    samh
    726 Posts

    @nickstayner wrote:

    Sam, you should head over to Beartooth Pass at least once before you put the gear away! Great coverage around here still. Is that a Hyperlite Mountain Gear pack you’re wearing in the Blackmore summit photo?

    I was down there two years ago with poor coverage. I think the line was referred to as “Rock Creek” didn’t even go from the top road down to the bottom. Meh. Perhaps I can steal away from my plans to work on my house in the following weeks and get down there. The camping is always stellar if nothing else.

    There is an HPG pack on the summit that day. I bought it awhile back but the torso was too short for me so I sold it to my buddy Jon who was summiting with me that day and had it on. Our crew of three were representing some of the finest in pack technologies IMO as we had an HPG, a Wild Things, and a Cilogear present.

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    #656887
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Rock Creek headwall has a really low elevation relative to the rest of the Pass. It’s still fun, especially soon after the road opening on a big snow year (i.e. 2011), but in my opinion most other routes on the Pass are way more enjoyable.

    Stuff on the Gardiner Headwall & on down the ridge provides way better ski experiences this time of year IMO. Plus it’s round-trip hiking so you don’t have to burn a bunch of gas running shuttles up and down the pass as per Rock Creek headwall.

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