Climbed the snow covered east slopes on a beautiful spring day with Paige
Realized I never signed the log for the first time I climbed Koch! Koch was the first summit I got in the Madisons and it led me to climb a bunch of the other peaks in the range. Really stunning view from the summit of the whole Madison range.
Climbed via the standard route today with my buddy Nathan. It was a beautiful, relaxing climb minus the smoke. Views were hindered by the smoke but it was great nonetheless.
Standard route from the SE saddle. Exceptionally clear blue skies. High for day was 50 in the high country. Nice firm snow till mid afternoon. Amazing views with visibility all the way from the Bridger Range to The Tetons! Never saw a single other soul. Saw 3 moose and 2 elk, all on different occasions. Why I love Montana...
Stormy day on top of Koch. Climbed the north ridge
Did the standard route up Tumbledown Creek today. Round trip in a little over 5 hours despite last night's debauchery. Koch Basin is really beautiful. Didn't see any bears or even any sign. I added a note about the road/trailhead in the "Additions and Corrections" section.
Climbed the north ridge from Tumbledown Creek. The ridge and even the notch was easier than expected (says 5th class, I thought 4th class). Once out of the notch we both had hair standing on end on our arms so we ran over the summit and down the descent. Jolee got the buzz in her hair just as we passed the summit. Snowed, then rained, then turned into a beautiful day for the hike out. The route took less than 3 hours from our camp at the first lake.
Climbed the route discribed on this site, but I think Tumbledown Creek might be a better way. I will try to add this route. A liesurly 5 hours up Three down. Fantastic views of Sphinx, Imperial even Hilgard, Cowan and Electric.
Too many grizzly bears !!!
Too many? C'mon Jerry that's part of what makes this Montana:) Summitted solo last week. Very memorable. Look forward to your Bozeman visit.