An Ode to October

October grass colors on a long trail run

October grass colors on a trail run

October has been quite varied in terms of weather and also choosing what to do outside in the changing seasonal conditions. It is not surprising for this time of year here in the Northern Rockies, so I went out whenever I could this month in search of fun. And that, I found. October yielded many miles and many vertical feet of trail running, skiing, and even some ice climbing, all within the greater Bozeman area.

Crypt Orchid WI3, October ice climbing in Hyalite

Crypt Orchid WI3, October ice climbing in Hyalite

October powder skiing in the Bridgers

October powder skiing in the Bridgers

I managed a good amount of quality runs this month, including another 20+ miler on October 10th. Fast forward to Halloween and it was pleasantly snowing above 6000′ on my 10K run today.

South Cottonwood trail colors and snowfall

South Cottonwood trail colors and snowfall

We encountered snowfall early this year and I managed a couple of October ski outings in the middle of the month, including the best of both worlds – nasty mank and also some pre-season October powder. Completely a blast!

The ridge looking toward Hardscrabble. October skiing in MT

The ridge looking toward Hardscrabble. October skiing in MT

The last week has led to two ice climbing romps, with one being bigger than our party had expected. So, the Lowe Route on The Sphinx awaits while I was able to solo a Hyalite route in thin conditions. The north face of the Sphinx is absolutely stunning btw, and also in magnificent shape ice-wise. So thank you October, and welcome November.

Myself approaching on the Sphinx. Earl-Trimble WI4 in foreground and Lowe Route WI5 behind

Myself approaching on the Sphinx. Earl-Trimble WI4 in foreground and Lowe Route WI5 behind

The north face of the Sphinx in excellent October shape

The north face of the Sphinx in excellent October shape (click for detail)

Grizzly print on Sphinx approach. Size EU43 for reference.

Grizzly print on Sphinx approach. Size EU43.5 for reference.

Rapping the upper flow of Crypt Orchid WI3

Rapping the upper flow of Crypt Orchid WI3

Mountain goat silhouette on the Sphinx approach

Mountain goat silhouette on the Sphinx approach

One Comment

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    Brian Truax November 3, 2013

    Looks like a smorgasbord of fun!

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