Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hyalite Canyon rockaneering

Ross Lynn and I climbed a new route on the black magic wall in Hyalite Canyon, Montana. It is about 150 feet left of black magic and starts in a clean hand sized crack. The first pitch was really good solid 5.9 (in ice boots and gloves) to a single bolt belay on a ledge (back it up if you can). The second pitch goes up into the obvious chimney, I won't describe it to much but I will advise beaks for pro. It's another solid 5.9 pitch to a single bolt belay/rappel anchor. Another Hyalite classic, enjoy!

Monday, December 7, 2009

cold snap

The high today was -2 F. I waited until noon drinking yerba mate and itching to ski. I finally went out to Bridger bowl on a solo mission and skined up in the freezing fog. What I got was one of the coolest fog rainbows I have ever seen, and the skiing wasn't half bad either.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bridger Turns

A group of us have been skiing Bridger bowl before work. Dawn patrols are one of my favorite things in life. Skin in the dark; headlamp reflecting off millions of snow crystals, sunrise; warmth and beauty, digging pits; becoming intimate with the snow and mountain, coffee and friends; the focus of life, skiing powder; bliss.

(Photos by Matt Voll)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Funeral for a Friend

Pete Tapley, Scott S., Kevin Volkening, and myself headed into the Beartooth Mountains to try and get on some early season ice. We choose Funeral for a friend; a classic ice hose pouring through a tight notch near Glacier lake.

Pete did an excellent job describing the climb on his website:

Pete Tapley's blog

Pete also made a video about the climb which he presented at the South Fork Ice Fest in Cody, Wyoming. featured the video and the story on their website, you can view it


Here are some pictures of the dukkha...

photo by Kevin Volkening

Hiking into the "wall of hate" photo by Kevin Volkening

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Storm Tower

Storm Tower, Beartooth Mountains, Labor day weekend.