Forums Current Conditions Montana home on the range Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total) Author Posts April 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm #578613 acopafeel 134 Posts i figured i should add a little montana stoke… Since picking up splitboarding, I have spent my most of my April months traveling back to my home town, Augusta, on the Rocky Mtn Front Range. The snowpack always seems to be a little sketchy until spring anyways. There is some great terrain that has probably never seen a ski or board. Only cowboys ’round here! Now 8 months out of acl/knee repair, with my legs finally getting up to par, I made it into a new area i have been looking at all year on paper. I ended up car camping there for two days this past week, as it ended up containing a pretty unreal playground just 1.5 hrs from the car. 0 people, 2 bobcats, a moose, and the usual pheasant scare (almost always soiling my drawers). 2 solo days, over 21K up and down, 15.5 miles (thanks to whomever mentioned hillmap.com!), and (most importantly) minimal knee swelling! I apologize for the crappy iphone photos, filters and all. One day I will invest in a real camera. Over 2′ has fallen here in the past 4 days… and it seems to be staying cold and stable. As always, a great time to be in Montana. thx April 16, 2013 at 10:50 pm #667887 nickstayner 700 Posts Very cool. Nice to see photos from your neck of the woods. Nice shots, esp. of the forest! April 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm #667888 boppingshoe 83 Posts :thumbsup: April 20, 2013 at 2:08 am #667889 lewmt 570 Posts Nice acopa. Not sure which peaks you’re riding there but I did a 2 day trip to Caribou Pk 4 years ago. Phenomenal Bowl and vertical potential there but my trip got throttled down by a shallow pure-facet snowpack. Also, I couldn’t find anyone to go with and its just not solo terrain if its not in perfect form avy wise. I’d love to go back. Has a very beary feel back in there. I couldn’t find another soul who’d ever ridden it or knew of any others that had. You’re right – the front has all manner of 1st descents in it. Cowboys & summer hikers….winter is wide open. April 23, 2013 at 11:06 pm #667890 acopafeel 134 Posts thx guys. lewmt, Caribou peak is actually fairly close to where I grew up (up the Dearborn canyon, between Steamboat and Twin Buttes). Did you access that through Augusta or Lincoln, and at what time during the winter/spring? Unfortunately, the lack of early winter precipitation usually sets up that shallow facety snowpack you mention. If you ever want to make that tour again, you have got a partner! Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.