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 Post subject: Re: Bozeman Thread 2012/2013
PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:27 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bozeman Thread 2012/2013
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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?

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 Post subject: Re: Bozeman Thread 2012/2013
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bozeman Thread 2012/2013
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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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 Post subject: Re: Bozeman Thread 2012/2013
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nickstayner wrote:
Stuff on the Gardiner Headwall & on down the ridge provides way better ski experiences this time of year IMO.


Noted. The one time I've visited the Pass to ski the road up higher than Rock Creek was closed and as such we didn't visit the headwall. Will definitely get back down there - - it's too awesome an access to pass up.

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 Post subject: Re: Bozeman Thread 2012/2013
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I'll keep MT on the front page (much to the chagrin of some I'm sure). North-facing Beartooth eye candy from yesterday. Surface conditions are still awesome. (not the Pass, but still quite close to a road)
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My last note about snow level in the Tooths was apparently quite wrong (based it on the much shadier cirque we were skiing in that day). I'd say a more accurate estimate is more like between 9500-9800'. Creepin' up there, becoming less and less worth it (for me anyway)... get it while it's good!

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 Post subject: Re: Bozeman Thread 2012/2013
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nickstayner wrote:
...I'd say a more accurate estimate is more like between 9500-9800'. Creepin' up there, becoming less and less worth it (for me anyway)... get it while it's good!


That is getting to be a LOT of work for not a lot of results.

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Totally. Thankfully most trailheads around here are pretty high, and most of the lines I'm still considering top out over 12000'. As long as at least half my vert's on snow... :) But yeah, definitely winding things down. Especially with warm temps forecasted.

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i was looking to head that way this weekend Nick. I might check out a similar area, in an attempt to avoid the crowds at the pass. If so, ill keep my eye out for that axe!

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acopafeel and I made it into the zone mentioned above for some more late-season Beartooth shredding in great shape. Snowline ~9700', fabulous conditions found on the northern half of the compass. Despite mountain temps reaching upper fifties/low sixties, shredding was great well into the afternoon.
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More photos on my site (and the tale of an industrious, radiator-wrecking marmot).

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found a transceiver in the 'tooths on Sunday (6/9/13)...pm me for details.


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dln wrote:
found a transceiver in the 'tooths on Sunday (6/9/13)...pm me for details.


This is a SW Montana thread. We don't want you Jackson hole types 'round here, see! * wink wink *

You going to post up some pics of them there "'tooths" you speak of, Duane?

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 Post subject: Re: Bozeman Thread 2012/2013
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Ah yes ... The stereotypical local chest thumping ... "Find your own wave brah!" I love it :)
I will definitely post some photos of said tooths once I'm back home ... Even if some of them are from the Wyoming side of the border!! Speaking of which isn't glacier lake partially in Wyoming? I guess the trailhead is in Montana so Ill let it slide this time :D :)


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