Bill from Kansas. (knew he was cool from 400m away)
Big shin-dig at the General this evening as well.
They just closed for the winter. All the free beer you could drink. ;)
But more importantly, good company. Interesting conversation with Rick. Learned of how he shot a bighorn ram earlier in the week on Woody Ridge. Also got the play by play on a viscous dog fight between two wolves and a coyote (a rolling ball of fir, with piecing sound effects), that he watched on the way to Silver Gate today. Great story. Awesome hospitality.
classic Cooke City.
Made the high T of Woody Ridge today. North to south. Love it when it's partly cloudy! My first time to the summit too.! I'd estimate that Woody Ridge proper only sees about one ascent per year, even though it's only a half day hike from town, and a delightful scramble. (low 5th class)
In other news: the Chamber of Commerce put out some pumpkins today (which turned out to be fake!), someone has been golfing the upper Soda Butte, and that one guy just finished another XL jar of Adams. Must be Fall.
All good up the Soda Butte. The annual Cooke City Frisbee golf tournament was last weekend. The Dude has been splitting firewood. We've been scribing rafters and painting windows (buttoned up next week?!). The weather has been splitter. Or as the Kiwis say, Fine. Indian summer for sure. Still quite a few tourists around. Shoulder season fast approaching though. Stop by the Hoosiers while you can! Stack paper. Go fishing.! The snow will be falling soon.
Encountered en route: Thick fog, fresh snow(!), a coyote, a bull moose, three bison, two goats-on a summit, legions of bear and wolf tracks, scores of scat, bugling elk, obsidian flakes, a Slog (quickly forgotten when I found the picnic basket filled with ice cold beer, at the shuttle rig)…. to name a few.
Well today, I worked in the office until about 1pm, then hopped on my bike and pedaled down the street to the North Absaroka Wilderness. Three hours later I was fully absorbed in a volcanic spine at 10,700', cresting one of the more spectacular and wild summits in Yellowstone Park.
Looking back at the south (true) summit. Which went.!
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
Was up the Main Boulder the last couple days.
Specifically for an ABWF volunteer gig, to help FWP behind the scenes, with their efforts of removing non-native Rainbows (via gill nets and rotenone) from the Fourmile and Meatrack tributaries. As to re-introduce Yellowstone Cutthroats.
Photo showing the confluence of Fourmile Creek and the Main Boulder. Potassium permanganate in red, which aims to neutralize the poison of rotenone.