Showing posts from March, 2018

Ward Mountain, Bitterroots

On March 10, a solid crew of 6 headed up the northeast ridge of Ward Mountain for a multi-purpose outing: the search for fresh turns, and to "poke our noses" in the snow to investigate stability.  Along for the adventure was Susanna Girolamo, Joshua Phillips, Fintan Maguire, Lindsey Egelston, David Swanson, and Leland Earls.  Though the NE ridge has little objective hazard, folks came well equipped with beacons, probes, shovels, and we even had three radios in the group.
We got an early start, so there was no need to push a break-neck pace.  We took short breaks and mostly stayed together the whole way to the summit.  It was a bluebird day in the truest sense of the term, calm conditions without a cloud in the sky.  We stopped about 200' below the summit and dug a snow pit to search for weak layers as the advisory from Missoula Avalache reported "Considerable".  We found about 20" of new snow and only minor stability issues within the top 6".  We com…

Chief Joseph Stay

Date: Feb. 27 & 28th, 2018

As is our custom everybody went up to the Chief Joseph Cross-Country Ski area in the morning. We meet in the warming hut between noon and 12:30 for lunch. Then set out on the afternoon’s adventure, all meet at the cabins we have rented at The Broad Axe in Sula, have a pot luck dinner, then go back up to Chief Joseph the next day. It turned out that everyone was in the parking lot, before anyone had gone back to the cabin, but we went there anyway and ran into a nice couple from Boise. Zona Linderman and Steve Schombel in Lois Crepeau’s vehicle had encountered big horn sheep on the road driving up, fortunately not disastrously. Fred Schwanemann was nursing a cranky ankle and stayed at the hut. Eileen Schwanemann skied near by. Lois and Steve snowshoed some up and down trails. Zona joined David and Julie Kahl on a longer ski, the ungroomed trails had several inches of light powder on them, making for delightful skiing on a cold -in the teens- day. We went f…

Mission Falls Ice Climbing

Date: March 3-4, 2018 Trip Leader: Forest Dean Participants: Tom Herwerden, Chad Atwood, Steve Hancock, Dan Escalante, Michael Duncan, Jerry Cintron
With the ice season winding down, several of us wanted to take the skills we acquired at the Hyalite clinic a couple weeks ago and try to ingrain them before hanging up the tools for the year.Thus was born the idea of a two day climbing trip to the Mission Falls area.Four clinic participants plus three others joined up for what turned out to be an awesome weekend of ice climbing.Other than Steve, none of us had ever climbed at Mission (not including the Hourglass area).
We got a bit of a late start leaving Missoula (8:45am on Saturday) and then were further delayed as we ran into a towing operation about ¾ mile before the trailhead.A CSKT Game Warden also happened to be back there; fortunately everyone had their recreation pass and he wished us well and let us pass!The trail was beaten down well enough that no skis or snowshoes were need…

Bass Creek BC Ski

Sunday, February 25th  Trip Leader: Joshua Phillips
Trask Baughman joined Joshua for this quick ski up Bass Creek to resupply the Wolverine Watchers trail camera station.  Joshus carried the roadkill bait and the skunk scent and Trask carried the tools.  The skiing conditions were perfect, with soft snow on the trail edges and a nice fast track underfoot.  Unfortunately, obligations at home kept us from taking advantage of the powder day, but the ski out of Bass Creek was quite enjoyable.  At this point, both creek crossings are frozen enough to easily ski across. Joshua