Sheepshead and McDonald, in the usual fashion.

There's a billboard outside the Good Food Store, advertising some sort of banking service with a local flair.  Maybe a credit union.  You know, the type with the radio ads where they talk about how they (somehow) bank better because the people that work there also live in the community.  In general, I find this … Continue reading Sheepshead and McDonald, in the usual fashion.

Rooting around, Pt. 2: Philosophical differences in the Swan Range.

This was a good year for hut trips, and for the third (or maybe fourth) of the season, I went to Yurtski in the Southern Swans.  What to say about this zone...  the terrain off in the distance is inspiring, there's some pretty fun powder skiing, the runs are short, the bigger stuff gets hammered … Continue reading Rooting around, Pt. 2: Philosophical differences in the Swan Range.

Rooting around in the deep, deep snow. Pt. 1: Sawteeth.

February, March, and the beginning of April have been all-time in the mountains of western Montana.  Storm after storm dropped copious amounts of high quality snow in all of the regional ranges, and we are now positioned for a long and lucrative spring skiing season, as well as what is sure to be an ample … Continue reading Rooting around in the deep, deep snow. Pt. 1: Sawteeth.

Missions miscellanea and Colter’s powder pen.

Little chute above Dry Lakes Basin.I spent a cloudy Sunday with Brian, Leah, Kyle, and Ben putzing about in the Missions.  Our objective was the East Couloir of Lowary Peak, but the standard all-enveloping Mission cloud soup overtook us at its typical altitude of 8700', putting a stop to that plan.  We instead had a … Continue reading Missions miscellanea and Colter’s powder pen.

Burgundy filling removal service and a return to Polonium viscosum.

On early Wednesday morning, I skinned up Snowbowl for a few solo laps on our local Springuary snowpack.  I managed to shave 5 minutes off of my previous time for 1h10m to the top of Point Six.  The 800' NE face of Point Six offered excellent sparse tree skiing with good quality firm old powder … Continue reading Burgundy filling removal service and a return to Polonium viscosum.

This was my final week before beginning to taper for the Rut.  I covered 67 miles and logged 25200' of climbing, much of which was high quality training (either high intensity, in difficult terrain, and/or in 90 degree heat.  Or I was hiking in a fairly relaxed way).  Really felt like I got something out … Continue reading