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October 15, 2018

Why rush?After our group 4 day backpack in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, we shared a farewell meal in Red Lodge, Montana I was glad we got back when we did, because it had started raining and the sky was dark with thunderclouds. It was time to start heading home to Oregon, but there was no rush...

September 24, 2018

The first day, I almost collapsed. I couldn’t breathe. One baby step a minute. Leaning on my walking stick to catch my breath. We were approaching 10,200’ after about 7 miles, and my body was giving out. Slightly nauseous and a little dizzy.

June 23, 2018

The creek was full of frogs, but I didn’t see them until the next day. So when they started their very loud chorus all night, I thought I was hearing some kind of weird night birds. The next day I looked much closer at the creek and finally noticed the little inconspicuous looking frogs. No wonder t...

May 10, 2018

24 years earlier - I think it was 1984. I had telemark skis and climbing skins. The mountain had blown its top May18th, 1980, reducing its height to 8360'. There were no other climbers. How times have changed!

September 24, 2017

The trail to Glacier Pass follows a roaring, fast dropping creek that comes down through a fault in the granite that was filled with basalt. There are lots of little waterfalls along the way. About halfway up to the pass, I saw a pika in a rock slide, which seems to be their favorite habitat. I wat...

September 8, 2017

I knew there wouldn’t be any photo ops, but wanted to reaffirm that hiking doesn’t have to stop just because we have 16 fires going out of control across the western half of the state. There are plenty of places where we can still get outdoors, and I found the air at 5000’ elevation a little better...

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