Skiing across the Beartooths last week, I was reminded of this great Charles Dickens quote:
'The men who learn endurance, are they who call the world, brother.' :)
Not that it was overly arduous. But it definitely turned into a Sundance of sorts, as I was laden down with an extra 25lbs. of food and fuel (for friends doing a story for Backpacker magazine.) And took a detour over to Glacier Peak. :)
Sounds like the Backpacker crew got the gammut! on thier approach up the Stillwater: grizzly bears, miles of shin deep creek sloggin', Glacier Creek with 50 lb. packs... Keep your eyes peeled for the magazine article!
|Granite Peak from the SE. In my opinion, the cleft- left center, is the premier ski route on the mountain..|
Kt was cordial enough to pick me up in Cooke!
Here she is, skiing off the Beartooth Pass. Great options everywhere, up there, right now.
Posted by mt surf at 7:44 AM
What's new: Town Hill has melted out.. Smooth and Patty are planning Ernest Hemmingway inspired tours, there was a new state record set at Trout Lake! (angling is now open in the Park), and the Patriarch looks to have alpine ice in the upper runnel.. So it goes.
And Backpacker magazine now has a gourmet food cache up near Fossil Lake.
(more photos from a recent ski traverse soon to follow :)
Posted by mt surf at 7:54 PM
Well, the Mother's Day caddis fly hatch is reportedly going off..
but some of us are still infatuated with snow sliding and the alpine!
(plenty of time for canoeing and spearfishing yet to come)
Cooke is currently a ghost town, with a slow, but ever increasing flux of tourists. Hawaiian Brian has been down in the Box (?). The Beartooth Highway is planned to open on schedule- with the east side plowed up to the State Line, and the Park Service doing their thing on the Clarks Fork side.
Beartooth Basin is looking to ski excellent, through July :). Well worth supporting. And in the meantime, the West Fork of Rock Creek is good to go for auto access to the trailhead.
(read: Whitetail, Castle and company)
Posted by mt surf at 5:08 PM