Making the most of fall

Julia following goat tracks high in the Bridger Mountains

Julia following goat tracks high in the Bridger Mountains


Panorama of Bridger Mountain ridge looking south and west (click thru for full image)

Panorama of Bridger Mountain ridge looking south and west (click thru for full image)


I am very thankful to live in such a wonderful valley, surrounded by mountain ranges on nearly all sides. The possibilities often seem endless and that is because, quite likely, they are. Some months epitomize this, and November did not let down. This month has been a mixed bag for weather, with a few fronts that dropped early snow in the Bridgers and surrounding hills, and then a good mix of freeze/thaw in Hyalite that has brought some great early season ice.

Making my way up Twin Falls WI3, Hyalite

Making my way up Twin Falls WI3, Hyalite


Climber on Twin Falls, Hyalite

Climber on Twin Falls, Hyalite

These fluctuations in weather have allowed for a mix of skiing, ice climbing, and even some high mountain running. It has been absolutely great. November has yielded a few hundred meters of water ice, over 13K vertical feet of human-powered skiing and over 20K vert of trail running so far. Julia and I have even managed to put in some miles on the XC skis! It’s been a productive month and an awesome transition into what may soon be winter here in Montana. Words often don’t describe…

Morning skin up the Apron at Bridger Bowl

Morning skin up the Apron at Bridger Bowl


Cold smoke and bluebird (!!), Northern Bridger Mountains

Cold smoke and bluebird (!!), Northern Bridger Mountains


Julia XC ski testing with Ross Peak behind

Julia XC ski testing with Ross Peak behind

Don't forget the headlamps! Sunset over Tobacco Root Mountains

Don’t forget the headlamps! Sunset over Tobacco Root Mountains

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    Brian Truax December 1, 2013

    Oh sooo very nice!

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