Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
We spent about three hours skinning up to a nice access point into the north bowl. The terrain was steep and loaded so conditions were horrible at best...
The lake where the avalanche stopped
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
North Face of Mt. Edwards (faint red line showing the route)
Kyle starting the 1st pitch
After four hours of sleep, the alarm went off at 3 o'clock. We jumped in the car and headed for the park. Some coffee and powdered doughnuts comforted me while I thought of the huge undertaking we were about to embark on. The plan was to climb "six pack of beer" then continue to the summit of Mt. Edwards. Its about 15oo ft of ice followed by 1500 ft of snow and rock. The route has only been climbed twice before, each time taking 2 days. Considering this along with the limited day light, we would be pushing it.
Justin and Kyle climbing pitch 3
Self portrait w/Justin
Justin beginning the hike out
The East face turned out to be a horrible wind slab, but being our only way off, we were forced to deal with it. Eventually we made it down without any problems. With the last rays of light, we packed up and began our 9 mile hike out.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Mike and Nya
Monday, November 24, 2008
Bob and the cabin
The trail to Colchuck
A few years ago, a new bouldering area was developed and as it turned out, was just down the road from the cabin. I had climbed there a few years ago, so I thought I would show Bob. Everything was still frosted over so no bouldering, but we enjoyed the short walk before leaving for home.
Icicle Creek in the background
Friday, October 31, 2008
About a week ago Linsey and I though we would spend an afternoon floating down the Blackfoot River. Since it is October and the water is so low, our biggest concern was how often we would be scraping the bottom. Unfortunately it didn't work out that way. Within minutes of "putting in", we flipped the canoe and swam through class 2 rapids. No life vests and nothing in dry bags - very stupid! We salvaged everything, but my camera equipment was toast.
When I purchased the camera, I was very resistant to the idea of buying insurance for it. As apprehensive as I was, I decided to purchase it anyways. Good call. Now the camera is in the mail to be fixed free of charge or better yet "scrapped" and I can then upgrade for a small price.
Since I don't have my nice camera, I dug up and old point-and-shoot. This shoots video so I have been messing around with it. Linsey and I went bouldering in Lost Horse canyon the other day and here is a brief video of it:
Monday, October 6, 2008
Hidden Lake and Bearhat Mountain
Logan Pass and Going-to-the-Sun Mountain
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Rock Creek Lake
Back of the Lake
The afternoon was nice and quite. Some nice alone time to relax and think about things. As night crept in, temps dropped quickly and I found refuge in my sleeping bag. The night was spectacular. There was a near full moon and when it disappeared behind peaks, the stars were brilliant. I laid awake watching shooting stars and listening to a moose walk around my camp.
I awoke to spectacular lighting and quickly grabbed my camera. Took a few shoots then spotted the silhouette of my host. The moose was grazing about 50 yards from me and occasionally took notice of me when I snapped a shot. After about an hour I got up to make breakfast, pushing the moose out of it's comfort zone where it quickly ran off to the woods.
Karl, Josh, Nick, John and I headed up the hill for what we thought would be a great flight. As it turned out, the winds didn't come that were forecasted leaving us with sled rides. Not as great as a soaring flight, but fun enough. I mounted a camera on my wing and snapped some pics on the way down. Tried to get some wing-over shots, but there are still some kinks I need to work out of my camera system before that will work.
Flying over Mount Sentinel
Everyone landed safely and then headed over to beer fest to do what we love the most after flying, kick a few back!