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  • #644700
    samh
    726 Posts

    I’ve eyed up that couloir in summer. Glad to see you were out there investigating. Can you drive a vehicle all the way back to E. Rosebud in winter?

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    #644701
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    We got to w/in .5 mi of the summer trailhead in a lowridin’ Subaru wagon with pretty low clearance.
    It is truly awesome back there. Lots of couloirs and projects really close to the trailhead, esp if you’re willing to climb a bit of ice and rap over it on the way down. Let me know if you want to head over some time!

    #644702
    samh
    726 Posts

    I’ve never taken the leap into true ski-mountaineering so probably wouldn’t join you on a rap mission but I absolutely love getting into deep, remote wilderness and in winter-time methinks East Rosebud is just that.

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    #644703
    acopafeel
    134 Posts

    Hey acopafeel, is there much touring up near helena? Considering Helena as a possible spot to move to.

    i’ve actually not done much around Helena, I have only lived here for a couple of yrs… I’ve been up near Lincoln, where there is a lot of nice terrain, and its a pretty short drive. I grew up on the Front a couple of hours northwest of here and end up doing most of my touring there.
    Kind of a bummer though… I always end up driving a couple of hours for a really good trip, whether it’s home or Bozeman.

    I took an avy course last month and met a few who gave up some local spots around here, but ive yet to check them out. Most consisting of smaller runs, requiring a decent amount of touring to get there…

    Helena’s not a bad spot though. Most of the stop lights start flashing yellow at 5pm on weekends, if that’s small town enough for ya 😯

    #644704
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Seems like the faucet has been turned on a bit… or at least it’s leaky :). Ellis rode very well today. Still a big spooky facet layer though…

    #644705
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Best snow of the season in the southern Madison Range! Stuck to jibbing in the trees. Thankfully this spot has about 2500′ of them.


    Stomped out a big beacon practice area below the Burn on Ellis today, right next to the skin track. Use it before it snows again!
    Also- a video for anyone who might be interested: [vimeo:2s3xwmpm]http://www.vimeo.com/37928717[/vimeo:2s3xwmpm]

    #644706
    dln
    146 Posts

    nickstayner-

    Really enjoyed your “Snowy Doublet” photo from your recent beartooths outing.
    I have been working on some high contrast/high structure b&w photo filters for post processing.
    I tested these filters on your image . . hope that’s okay.
    Here are the results:

    high contrast/high structure

    high contrast/high structure without noise reduction

    Your blog provides some great stoke . . . keep up the good work!

    #644707
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Jeez dln, those filters worked really well! I am going to be in Jackson Wed-Sun next week. We should ride something!

    #644708
    dln
    146 Posts

    awesome nickstayner . . . i’ll drop you a PM.

    #644709
    nordicbordn
    225 Posts

    Spent some time in the Flanders drainage last week during the warm weather.. found a couple gulleys with preserved NE facing stashes that hadnt warmed yet.. lots of potential up there!

    Also, found a fun zone off Hwy 191 this winter, im sure you all notice “the green bridge” in gallatin canyon, well Deer Creek on the madison side has some long gulleys and absolutely prime burnt out trees. Havent ventured that way since the avy danger has been dictating a lot of where not to go, but i imagine the coverage being alright now, and *fingers crossed* hopefully more stable snow day to day.

    #644710
    samh
    726 Posts

    Saturday sucked balls up on Blackmore. Glad to hear Flanders was better for you, nordicbordn. The burn on Deer Creek sounds cool – may have to check that out.

    Had a free voucher for Moonlight that I’ve been saving for a few months and put it to good use today. Well, well, well worth the drive ’cause it was boot to knee-deep all day long. Soooooo many faceshots today! Yeehaw!

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    #644711
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Pretty darn good today! Get it before the sun does. Nomad going deep after he eventually gathered enough speed to do so:

    #644712
    samh
    726 Posts

    Went XC skiing up Brackett today. Didn’t the Bridgers get like a million inches of snow in the last couple weeks? Couldn’t honestly tell because the ground around 6500 ft is looking bare!

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    #644713
    splittilps
    154 Posts

    Yeah, and I think they got rained on today. I have the Bell Lake Yurt reserved 2 weekends from now. We were worried about stability and where to find lower angled terrain if needed. Now I wonder if I should pack my swimsuit 🙁 . The Snotel data for the Tobaccos looks awefully similar to the Bridgers. Has anyone been out that way lately?

    #644714
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Has anyone been riding around here recently? I’ve just been rock climbing and being a lameass student with no shred time recently. Spied this beauty on the way down to climb some dolomite in the Bighorns:

    Anyone skied back in there? I know it’s not MT, but it’s pretty close :).

    #644715
    samh
    726 Posts

    SPLITRIPPIN is trying to convince some of us BZN’ers to go down that way in April. If it happens I’ll keep you posted.

    I haven’t been out in a couple weeks. Last trip up Blackmore was slush on top of windcrust and it pretty much sucked balls.

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    #644716
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Skied in Cooke over the weekend. All-time conditions out there. Probably all went to shit today though with the high temps.
    Stoke (though sadly no other splitboarder joined me):
    (edited to ask if anyone knows how to change the size of an image when you’re linking to it…. the two I posted are tremendously too large)

    #644717
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Oops… bumped because I figured it out!
    Cooke spray! Glad we finally got to suss this place out a bit. I’d only ever been over there for bigger mountaineering-type objectives in the spring.(high-res photos are on the blog)



    #644718
    splittilps
    154 Posts

    We got one of the last powder days of the year at the Bell Lake Yurt this weekend. 10+ inches of fresh. Unfortunately wind loading and lots of natural sluffs kept us off of the steeper lines but the trees (Beetlejuice) were great until it got too warm. The new snow was NOT bonding to the sunbaked surface of the old snow and we were creating small wet slides on our last run. All in all it was a great trip but more due to the great food and conversations rather than epic riding.

    #644719
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    That sounds really nice! How was stability overall? Dig any pits? Depth hoar? I’ve been hankering to get into the T Roots some time soon.
    Get any photos?

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