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#49 State highpoint attempt, Granite Peak MT

State Highpoint #49 - Had only this and Alaska to go.

Granite Peak Attempt - we made the best of a tough situation. I heard snow was forecast for Granite Peak the day I got to Red Lodge MT on Thursday and that it was likely it may be impossible to summit for our 2 groups. We did our rock climbing afternoon practice by Red Lodge MT and headed out the next morning for Granite ...
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Trail running/climbing Big Sky

If anyone here likes really technical trail running that combines lots of vert and an 11k Peak, I just ran The Rut 28k at Big Sky. Highly recommend it. Really well put together, brutal terrain, and great location. 7800 vert over the 17 mile course.
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Bighorns snow

Anyone thinking of Cloud Peak, Blacktooth, etc for this weekend needs to know we:re looking at pretty heavy snow over 11k. Potential for 1-2ft of snow this Thurs -Sat.
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Sawtooths? Glacier?

Hi everyone. I've edited this to now include Glacier as a possibility, due to the fire near the Sawtooths. Again, I appreciate the comments and advice.

Hoping some of you Sawtooth vets with experience might be able to answer a few questions for me! Sent out a couple of pm's, but, haven't heard back from anyone yet, so, thought I'd try here.

Possible upcoming trip with my son, who lives in Missoula, to the Sawtooths ...
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Granite Peak accident/rescue

Thomas Pfeifle of Rapid City is in critical condition after falling at least 20 feet on Granite Peak on Monday August 8th. Full story and video in the link below.

Full story.
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Chimney Rock in Selkirks - short rope?

I have my eye on this, but the SP page suggests two 50m ropes are needed to rap the West Face. I'm curious whether it's possible to (a) climb and (b) rap this with a single shorter rope (40m), or alternatively if two 35m ropes would suffice for the raps (and be long enough for the leads, obviously).

Thanks in advance.
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Cirque of the Towers traverse

Has anyone on here done the full Cirque traverse? If so, what pointers do you have? How early to start, rack size, simul climbing spots. Etc. Thinking of this for next year, but possibly this September. Maybe th to th in a day....not sure.
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Grand Teton car to car

Completed the Grand via OS car to car yesterday. Had some mishaps, and had 2 people people with me who are great climbers but fairly unfamiliar with big mountain trad routes, and did it in 21hrs. We went up the west col of Disappointment Peak to scout some of the routes on Disappointment as well. Fantastic weather on Fri, and great this morning as well.
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Granite Peak, North Side conditions

Hi everyone

My wife Penelope and I are presently in Livingston, Montana, about to hike to Mt. Cowen. We have never been to this area before, but it looks to us that there is precious little snow, everywhere.

Would anyone know what the conditions are on the North side of Granite Peak? We planned to climb the Notch Couloir, III, 5.7 which includes a significant snow and ice couloir. We would not want to carry ...
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Questions about next week in White Cloud Wilderness

Hi folks...a few questions about backpacking next week in White Cloud Wilderness. (Two experienced backpackers but not climbers nor anglers. Happy to average five to seven miles a day depending on terrain and what there is to see. Love alpine lakes.)

* Does it look like smoke from Idaho City or North Fork fires makes it a bad idea to go to White Cloud area next week? Hard to get a read on that from ...
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