A serac on the side of the Yellowstone...

(Seven-mile Hole)


The Venus Flytrap (just down the ridgeline.  and not 'in' today) is a carnivorous couloir native to the high alpine tundra on the East Side of the Beartooths. It catches its prey—chiefly telemarkers and snowboarders— with a trapping structure formed by the terminal portion of each of the couloir's leaves, and is triggered by tiny hairs on their inner Surfaces. When a 'rider' crawling along the leaves contacts a hair, the trap closes- but only if a different hair is contacted within twenty seconds of the first strike. The requirement of redundant triggering in this mechanism serves as a safeguard against a waste of energy in trapping objects with no nutritional value.

Dive the Lamar

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.



A full moon photo of Goose Lake, mid June, 2006.
(the editor was over on the Big Hole this weekend)



Word is:  the fish have begun rising to dry flies down on the Lamar...


(two views from Miller Ridge yesterday)


A montage of shots, in chronological order, from a road trip last month- about a week and a half, mid May. (at least one a day) Nothing fancy. Mostly just a means of archiving the experience..

Hoped to ski a bunch, but the temperatures were super hot, then overly wet (I was rained on, while skiing, in 5 different mountain ranges). Good trip though.

With appearances by: the Grand Teton, the Madison River, Flathead Lake, the Going to the Sun Highway, the Asulkan Hut, the Frazier River, Mt. Matier, Keith's Hut, Mt. Slalock, Chuck's Hop Shop, and the Puget Sound. among others.

Music by the Beasty Boys and Helmet.


(skiing with thunderstorms)  wait.  wait. wait. wait.   go!


Logic vs. Ambition

Had a five-day ruck (and two cameras) packed for a traverse of the Beartooth crest.  Got about 10 miles
in (via a new ski route into the Rock Creek), before opting out in favor of:  the Luau, and Abiathar.

The sunsets have been great around here lately.  This shot of Pilot Peak is from Tuesday.  
I left Cook City at 6 pm in search of a lost Sportiva ski/ Plum binding.  Didn't find 'em, but my route was face-meltingly fun.  (fording by headlamp :)


Wildlife biologist, Patrick Cross, looks into the unique habitat
and genetics of the high Beartooth fox population.  

I spent a couple days as Pat's research assistant;
snow-tracking, trapping, using radio telemetry, and shooting photos...

This video is a brief glimpse at; the landscape, the science, and an enthusiastic naturalist.  

(the ideas and images expressed here are those of the filmmaker, 
not the University of MT nor the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center, ect.)

Music by Hugh Healow.

(new bike)


back on the Grid

Yep, back on 'the grid' so to speak.

Upon arrival yesterday, I noticed that:  the coffee shop is now open an hour earlier, Chris and Patty got a new lawnmower, the General Store began business for the summer (providing an alternative to the Exxon for groceries), and there is quite a bit of fresh snow.  12"+ at 10,000'.
Also scored a new route in the north Absarokas.  
(which involved a 3pm departure, a bear, and lots of volcanic spires/ ice flows/ hooting/ hollering).