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David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Big Mountain - Apgar Traverse on 05/16/2011 09:03:46 MDT Print View

Snowshoeing, post holing, packrafting, walking. Do I have to go to work now?!




May post some gear geekage if folks at work will leave me alone. ;)

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
gear list on 05/16/2011 10:28:06 MDT Print View

Hasty gear list:

North Fork pack (new mods worked great)
Synthetic quilt
Prolite XS
Golite poncho-tarp
various dry bags

Alpacka Yukon Yak
Aquabound Shred (needs greater feathering option for headwinds)
Stolquist PFD

Atlas run snowshoes (good size for spring snow, dislike toe straps, dislike rebound built into binding (flings snow at back of legs))
MYOG trekking poles (2 poles essential for rotten snow)

Bushbuddy (love it)
Trappers mug

Cap 1 stretch t-shirt (great new fabric)
Modded poly dress shirt as sun shirt
Visor, bandana, shades (essential for sunny snow)
Cap 2 boxer briefs
Very light poly pants (dry fast)
Montane Featherlite pants
Patagonia Essenshell pullover (enough wind and water protection while boating to leave G-tex at home, this worked very well, dries super fast)
Powerstretch hoody

Inov8 OROC 280s
NRS Hydroskin socks
Smartwool toe socks

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Big Mountain - Apgar Traverse on 05/16/2011 11:18:59 MDT Print View

Dave, you are truly an amazing guy. Loved the video and the writeup. I have a nagging question about your route, though. You took Big Creek to the confluence with the North Fork, and then the North Fork down to where it dumps into the Middle Fork (which I think is west of Lake Five)? Then how did you get to Apgar, did you actually paddle the Middle Fork, UPSTREAM? Or did you hoof it from the North Fork/Middle Fork confluence to West Glacier?

You really do some creative trips, Dave. Thanks for sharing them.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Flathead RS trail on 05/16/2011 11:32:38 MDT Print View

Thanks Gary.

There's a great trail on an old road bed that goes from the horse stables near the West Glacier entrance station out to the North/Middle Fork confluence. There are some outstanding views, and confluence overlook is great. You can even ride a bike on it (though until they clear the deadfall I wouldn't recommend it).

It'd be a great picnic/family stroll or easy mountain bike ride.

Ryan Tucker
(BeartoothTucker) - M
thanks on 05/16/2011 12:53:06 MDT Print View

as always thanks for sharing. looks like a great trip.