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Microspikes on Gannett in early July?

I have searched most of the Gannett forums and didn't see any discussion on crampons vs. microspikes (Kahtoola.) So, at the risk of sounding like an idiot, I am going to post this ...

My husband and I are climbing Gannett the first week of July. I have good mountaineering boots that are crampon-compatible and, although cumbersome, I will hike in them for the approach and carry the crampons. My husband sold similar boots last ...
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What kind of winter did ID and MT have?

Hi folks

We are planning an Idaho and Montana trip (July 15 to mid September). Have been looking at easy rock climbs as well as ice. Can you please describe (in general) the kind of winter these two states had? Low snow year, average, above average? Any comments on general snow conditions compared to other years? Would not want to hit burned out ice couloirs in mid August if we can avoid them. Most likely ...
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Canoe Rental/Borrow; Mount Moran CMC

I am looking to do the CMC route on Mount Moran with two friends in early July this summer. We have a very extensive expedition planned (a few summits and a traverse through the Northern Cascades before we reach the Tetons), and money is pretty tight at this point. If we have to, we'll do the hike (bushwack) around Leigh Lake, but if anyone knows of somewhere close by that rents canoes for far cheaper ...
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Table Mountain Conditions

I'm heading to Wyoming next week (6/13) and wanted to see that view of the Tetons from Table Mountain.

What are the conditions (namely on the switchbacks), and are crampons/snowshoes necessary?
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Late May Montana/Idaho Backpacking Trip Ideas? Late May Montana/Idaho Backpacking Trip Ideas?

Hi All!

I'm wondering if anyone has any good ideas for a late May (Memorial Day weekend) 4-day backpacking trip within a 6-8 hour drive of Missoula, MT. I've heard great things about the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, and obviously the Rattlesnake Recreation Area is an option. We'd love to get off the beaten path, but I'm a bit worried about snow and road conditions. Does anything come to mind immediately?

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Wind River Mosquitos: How bad are they really?

Hi everyone, looking for some insight about these apparently notorious Wind River mosquitos. I have 2 weeks off in late July and I've been trying to get to the Winds for years now. I want to make it happen this year. Looking at a weeklong trip for backpacking and peak bagging somewhere in the neighborhood of July 22-28. We would try to do something like start at Big Sandy TH and hike to Elkhart Park ...
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Pro for Owen Spalding

I'm doing Owen Spalding car to car in a day in August. I'm assuming a standard rack of stoppers and tri cams is more than enough. Is this correct? I'm thinking about the last few 5.3-5.4's I led and don't remember using much big stuff unless it was a specific crack climb. Or should I take 3-4 camalots in the 1-3 range?
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Greater Bozeman area: late April backpacking?

Hi, we are two capable backpackers (plus one dog) looking for ideas for routes around Bozeman that might be good this time of year. We're looking for a 2-3 night backpacking trip next weekend (23 April) and just aren't sure what the snow conditions are like right now. Some occasional snow fields would be fine (and we're certainly prepared for more to fall), but we'd rather not be slogging through it the whole time - ...
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The Cloudcroft Peaks in Glacier National Park

What's the deal with those things, man?
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Middle Teton

I am making my first trip to the Tetons this summer and one of the days I want to do Middle Teton. I just hike/scramble, and don't want to deal with ropes and climbing equipment, so I figure in the interest of safety Grand Teton is off the table here. It seems the easiest route up Middle Teton is from the south (southwest Couloir) by taking the south fork of the canyon, however I was ...
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