The Fifth Season

First Lupine, Tetons.

First Lupine, Tetons.

We are deep into the fifth season here in the Northern Rockies. Over the last 6ish weeks here in SW Montana I have been able to take recreational advantage of the varied spring conditions. Although June is just around the bend and its green in the valleys, there is still some winter to be had in the hills. Notable highlights have been knee deep powder skiing mid-April, Bridger spring corn laps, Hyalite ice climbing last week, and dry (enough) trails down low for running. I’ve been into Yellowstone a couple times recently and also the Tetons. The first green up has just occurred in the YNP and the landscape is looking stunning. Not to mention the ridiculous amount of wildlife seen both in the frontcountry and the backcountry. I hope that everyone is having a great fifth season and is able to get out to enjoy it. Here’s a bunch of pics highlighting my recent spring fun:

Julia and mid-April powder

Julia and mid-April powder

Brad looking rad

Brad looking rad

S. Fork Bracket Creek last hoorah. April 4.

S. Fork Bracket Creek last hoorah

Lava Lake trail run

Lava Lake trail run

en route to Lava Lake

en route to Lava Lake

Hyalite road re-opening and ice recon. HMG summit proto testing.

Hyalite road re-opening and ice recon. HMG summit proto testing.

Rain, snow, and mid-May Hyalite ice climbing!

Rain, snow, and mid-May Hyalite ice climbing!

The remainder of Mummy Cooler II (WI 4)

The remainder of Mummy Cooler II (WI 4)

Alternative methods to stream crossings

Alternative methods to stream crossings

Spring cones above Phelps Lake (J. photo)

Spring cones above Phelps Lake (J. photo)

Hey Boo-boo!

Hey Boo-boo!

Mt. Moran, center

Mt. Moran, center

Blaming it on the Tetons

Blaming it on the Tetons

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