Just before taking off, a friend told me that I should come play in Cody, WY, a place known for its amazing multipitch ice climbing routes, there was a big festival going on and they already had a motel room lined up for a whole bunch of us to crash in. I'm not sure exactly why, I guess even I've got some of the vices of normal people that seem to pull me into routine sometimes, I just felt like I "should" be going back to Colorado, to do more of the stuff that I've done out there already. The Cody Ice Fest was a great catalyst that pulled me away from my creature comforts and into an area unknown to me and even though we didn't really get to climb in Cody to much it started a tumbling snowball that seems to be leading me into new areas that I've been wanting to visit for a long time.
At the moment, I'm about a week into a stay in Bozeman, MT. This place is home to both amazing ice climbing in Hyalite Canyon and spectacular backcountry skiing with conditions that in general are way more stable than the notoriously sketchy Colorado snowpack.
|Viviane looking just as disappointed as I was when we decided to bail off a route in Cody before we even started climbing because the temps were rising and rocks were falling in the bowling alley style chimney that we decided not to climb in.|
|Viviane, Craig and Keenan slugging up the last bit of the approach to Cleopatra's Needle in Hyalite.|
|Hanging out in the cave while Keenan belays Craig up the crux pitch of Cleo's (WI5)|
|Nick, getting at it on Ross Peak in the Bridgers right outside of Bozeman|
|Kyle stopped to scope out the best line.|
|We all went out skiing in Hyalite this last Saturday and since Nadav forgot to bring a puffy, he decided to get up close to everyone in order to stay warm. Notice the pile of skis on top of eachother.|
|Speaking of piles, not sure if I've ever seen so many BD poles in one place before.|
|We set out to try and ski Emigrant Peak, above paradise valley on Sunday, this was one of the spots with relatively decent snow coverage, lets just say that Jerusalem had more snow a this winter than some of the spots on Emigrant.|
|This however is Ellis peak in the North Gallatin range, no shortage of snow was happening here.|
|Ian is skinning up, close to the top of Upper Ellis with the ridge to Lower Ellis standing out in the background and a little bit of Bozeman sticking out on the left.|
Since I've been on the theme of going to check out new places, it looks like the next stop is Canmore! I should be heading into Canada in the next few days so I won't be picking up the phone but should still be having WIFI every once in a while if you need to reach me.