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Bozeman Ice Festival

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Date: December 6-10, 2017 Trip Leader: Forest Dean
Participants:  Susanna Phillips, Brent Maier, Abby Stensland, Quentin Rhoades, Bjorn Nabozney, Gunnar Nabozney, Joren Nabozney, Chris Dunn, Forest Dean
A group of us made the trip to Bozeman for the 21st Annual Bozeman Ice Festival.  Quentin rented a VRBO house for us all just three blocks from the Emerson (de facto headquarters for the festival).  He, along with Susanna, Chris and Forest arrived on Wednesday.  Everyone else drove down on Friday.  Quentin also served as camp cook:  elk chili, moose stew, and elk roast were his delectable dinner creations;  he was also up early every morning cooking eggs, bacon, sausages, coffee, etc.  Bring this guy on your trips!  Bjorn donated all the beer (Big Sky)- bring him along too!
While the Emerson serves as the home base for the in-town evening activities for the Festival, Hyalite Canyon is where all the ice climbing takes place.  Most festival attendees take one or more clinics while there…

Lolo Pass Xcountry Ski

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Date: December 16, 2017 Trip Leader: Alden Wright
Attendees: Oliver Serang and Roy Regel
Lolo pass had about 6 inches of fresh snow.  Oliver Serang, Roy Regel, and Alden Wright left from the Lolo Pass visitor center at about noon.  We skied out the Packer Creek road for about a mile, and then skied up the old logging road to the right.  In the past few weeks I have skied on 3 old logging roads in the Lolo Pass area, and all had varying amounts of alders---if we had more snow these would be less of a problem.  On this particular road, the alders were better than the other 2 roads and it was not too much of a problem to get through them.   There was a nice view on top of the ridge.  We turned around to try to meet 2 other people at the visitor center, but they didn’t show up.  At about 3, we did the Glade Creek trail to the longer trail, and then went a short way to what appeared to be an old road up towards Mt. Fuji.  But the “road” was full of rocks and logs.  After a quarter mile, R…

Lolo Pass Winter Outing

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Date: Dec. 10th 2017
Trip Leader: Julie Kahl
Attendees: Roy Regel, David Kahl

These dreary, annoying inversions in the Missoula Valley can really fool people. Only Roy Regel decided to join David and Julie Kahl on this outing. It was sunny and warm at Lolo Pass, no wind, with the snow almost being perfect for skiing. We skied a short ways down Pack Cr. Rd. to the parking area for the Lewis And Clark (what they called Pack Cr.) Glade Creek Camp over look. From there we followed previous skiers down to the creek flood plain and meandered along the creek, first down stream then back up stream. A little of everything, down hill, uphill, over side channels and through some willow brush. Hoar frost deposits were amazing. We went back upstream to the Glade Cr. Loop trail, crossed the bridge and skied it around the base of Mt. Fugi, then back to the Visitor’s Center. At the top of the big hill we ran into Kristi DuBois and Bert Lindler just heading out and we chatted a bit. I knew Kristi would l…

Finley Creek/Ice Climbing

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Date: December 2, 2017 Trip Leader: Forest Dean Participants: Tom Herwerden, Fintan Macguire, Susanna Phillips, Brent Maier
After a promising start to winter in early November, things haven’t really cooperated the last few weeks.  Three weeks ago I had hiked up Finley Creek (west side of Rattlesnake) to check out the developing ice formations- things were coming along well.  Ever since we’ve had warm temps and rain.  Not good for ice!  However, with the Bozeman Ice Festival next weekend, several of us were desperate to get out and swing our tools.  We drove to the Finley trailhead and hiked up the trail 15 minutes to where one can see the ice formations on the south side of the canyon.  There wasn’t a whole lot of ice to see.  We first hiked up to The Thing In Between (WI 3).  Ice was very thin here- just icicles and chandeliers.  We then walked over to The Graineater (WI 4-5).  Here we were able to take turns climbing approx. 40 feet up to a spot where again the ice was just too thi…

Lolo Pass Winter Outing

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Date: Nov. 26th, 2017
Trip Leader: Julie Kahl
Attendees: Alden Wright, Steve Scheirer, Dave Robertson, Tom Herwerder, and David Kahl 

On Tuesday Nov. 21st, Lolo Pass had about 18 inches (0.46 m, 45.72 cm) of snow, people were skiing. Then a string of warm days, barely getting down to freezing at night, followed. Today was predicted to be nice in the morning with rain coming in, in the afternoon. So Alden Wright, Steve Scheirer, Dave Robertson, Tom Herwerder, and David and Julie Kahl took a chance and went up. Some of us had gear for all conditions. As we drove up it didn’t look good. Sometimes that last mile (1.61 k) up to the pass can make a big difference in conditions, but not today, there was lots of bear ground with scattered snow patches in between. And we lost our gamble with the weather, the rain, with a few strong gusty warm winds, were just starting. After some discussion we opted to try and snowshoe/hike down to Crystal Amphitheater, Alden opted to ski. As we walked the shortc…