BPL Montana Winter Rendezvous
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David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
BPL Montana Winter Rendezvous on 12/11/2012 19:41:19 MST Print View

There are enough of us, we ought to get together for a trip. Rough ideas follow.

-Sometime in March. Still winter, enough lead time for good planning and thus good participation.

-Centralized location. We've got Flathead folks, Missoula folks, Bozeman, and at least one (Mike M) from further east. I was thinking the southern Scapegoat off Highway 2.

-Actual backcountry trip. Ideally modest mileage goals with perhaps multiple routes between camps to suit different ambitions. Plenty of BSin' and gear talkin' time around the fire at night. Concrete destination, daily distance, and technical requirements (skis, snowshoes, ice axes?) to be decided here. Length as well. Was thinking 2-3 nights out. Again, perhaps with options for those with less time.

-Primary objective would be to put names to faces and enjoy each others company. Secondary would be dissemination of knowledge amongst members of varying experience levels.

Anyone who is interested and has opinions, please post.

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1/4/13 EDIT:

Date is March 23-25; a ~26 mile point to point in the southern Scapegoat a bit east of Ovando. Details discussed below. This route will interest beginning and above snow campers with a moderate or greater degree of fitness and summer camping experience.

Edited by DaveC on 01/04/2013 09:10:22 MST.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Re BPL Montana Winter Rendezvous on 12/11/2012 19:55:08 MST Print View

Well I'm definitely not in Montana but that's about the time of my spring break so I'll keep it in mind and see if I'm able to come as it gets closer.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Montana winter rendezvous on 12/17/2012 11:22:22 MST Print View

Monday bump.

One idea for a route, if we can run a short car shuttle, is to start at the North Fork Blackfoot TH and end at Monture. Going up the North Fork, then the Dry Fork, then Canyon Creek and down Falls Creek is an excellent route. Depending on the group, going over the Dry Fork divide and over Limestone Pass would be even better, but the west side of Limestone has a brief stretch of (mild) mandatory avy terrain.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
rendezvous on 12/17/2012 12:50:27 MST Print View

Dave- I'd definitely be interested in a 2 or 3 day trip. Would prefer a trip sans ice axe/crampons if possible :) I haven't spent any time in the Scapegoat so that would definitely be a nice choice for me.

Mike

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: BPL Montana Winter Rendezvous on 12/17/2012 13:01:50 MST Print View

Hi Dave,

I just checked flights and its just over 500$ for flights for me (depending on dates) I could come along if someone could help with transport from Bozeman and once its not on the 17th March (St. Patricks Day)

Cheers,

Stephen

Edited by stephenm on 12/17/2012 13:02:28 MST.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: MT winter rendezvous on 12/17/2012 13:25:36 MST Print View

The first option I outlined is non-technical, and would be a fine (not too hard, not too easy) 3 day route. Snowshoes would work fine, as would most XC skis. Skiers would need kicker skins at minimum.

Anyone who lives here knows how bloody expensive it is to fly in and out. Depending on who commits we could probably arrange to pick folks up from Bozeman or Missoula (the two most likely airports). My primary intention is selfish, ie to be able to hike with guys like Mike whom I've never met, and thus the vacation-time friendly long weekend format.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: re: MT winter rendezvous on 12/17/2012 16:20:03 MST Print View

I'm little shaky on skis, feel more comfy on shoes but would be willing to give it a go if that's what folks would rather do

if I go I'd be driving through Bozeman, so I could pick up any folks flying in there :)

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F - M

Locale: NW Montana
Re: Re: re: MT winter rendezvous on 12/17/2012 17:15:02 MST Print View

Just saw this, and I'm definitely interested. My ski skills are still novice, but I love the idea. Shoes are my preference. Then again, I do plan to practice this winter.

Depending on dates I might be able to take off work for a bit too.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: re: MT winter rendezvous on 12/17/2012 18:44:17 MST Print View

Cheers Mike :-)

Once we know dates I can see I can get a few days off work and will come if the flights are not too crazy expensive.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: Re: re: MT winter rendezvous on 12/17/2012 19:09:20 MST Print View

sounds good :) March is usually when cabin fever hits me the hardest, this would be a fun reprieve

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Re: re: MT winter rendezvous on 12/17/2012 19:28:37 MST Print View

I hear you Mike, If I manage to go it will be my 6th Bpl Meetup in a year :-)

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: re: MT winter rendezvous on 12/18/2012 07:38:24 MST Print View

^ that sounds like a potential record to me :)

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: re: MT winter rendezvous on 12/18/2012 08:41:28 MST Print View

I am wrong Mike, it will be the 8th as have 2 local trips in January and February that Bplease folk are attending.

:-)

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
scheduling on 12/18/2012 11:20:11 MST Print View

Those who are interested, speak out on preferred dates and duration. Early birds get the worm.

This far out my March is very flexible.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: scheduling on 12/18/2012 15:50:36 MST Print View

How about the weekend of the 21st??


I just looked at flights flying out from and the cheaper ones (about $550 oppose to $900) can get me in to Bozeman at 11.30pm and leave at 8.55pm on the return leg.

I can do either a 2 or 3 night trip.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: scheduling on 12/18/2012 17:07:22 MST Print View

21st is good for me, pretty flexible though- the later half would probably be better than the first half given a choice

3 day, 2 night would be good for me as I'd have nearly a day drive there (and back)- Miles City to Lincoln is ~ 500 miles/8 hours

James Reilly
(zippymorocco) - M

Locale: Montana
ahh shucks on 12/18/2012 17:41:32 MST Print View

Great idea. Unfortunately I will be just beginning the AT in March. Sound like a great trip though. The Scapegoat is a nice area.

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F - M

Locale: NW Montana
Re: ahh shucks on 12/18/2012 18:55:30 MST Print View

I could possibly do the weekend of the 21st (that's a Thursday, Friday is the 22nd). However, it's a bit of a stretch for me since that's the end of our grading quarter. Either the weekend before or the one after would be much better for me.

I would also do much better with a Saturday-Monday hike rather than Friday-Sunday. With my school schedule, getting Fridays off is doable but takes some work.

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Availability on 12/18/2012 19:17:38 MST Print View

March 21-24 range is good for me as it now stands. I might be able to drive someone from Bozeman, and flights to Bozeman tend to be less expensive than Missoula or Kalispell.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Availability on 12/18/2012 19:53:26 MST Print View

I can do Friday-Sunday or Saturday-Monday, I would need to stay over whichever night as the flight gets in at 11.30pm

Once we figure out what happening I can book flights.