Foray into the Bob Marshall Wilderness

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  1. mtwarden

    mtwarden roaming the Big Sky Supporter

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    Had a really nice outing this weekend. We wanted to scout a possible alternative route for the upcoming Bob Marshall Wilderness Open and check on snow conditions.

    We left town late afternoon Friday, grabbed supper on the road and drove up as far up the road as we possibly could towards the trailhead. Unfortunately that left us about five miles shy of the trailhead. But even traveling the road is pretty :)

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    We arrived at the trailhead with just a little light left and decided to push up to the drainage we were headed up. It wasn't long and we were donning headlamps. Snow was spotty along the trail, but enough of it that we got plenty of postholing in- but not enough snow along the main river trail to warrant snowshoes. We found a place to camp near the mouth of the drainage, started a fire and setup camp. It was close to midnight by the time we retired for the night, which meant not a lot of sleep for a big day tomorrow.

    I woke around 5-ish and there was a little bit of light, so figured might as well get up and get going. It froze hard that night, evidenced by wet and stiff as a board, frozen socks :eek:

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    the fire still had some decent coals, so revived it to warmup (and thaw out my socks!)

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    pretty nice views right from camp

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    A couple of coffees and some warm cereal later, we booked camp and headed out.

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    you can see our destination in the background- Corrugate Ridge

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    about a half mile up the trail we encountered a lot of snow and donned snowshoes (well two of us donned snowshoes, one guy was counting on firm snow and left his behind- mistake!), a lot more snow than we anticipated at this elevation

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    we weren't the only one to have recently travelled up this drainage

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    about 4-ish miles in the trail started climbing steeply, the views started opening up as well

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    the snow vacillated between pretty decent snow, too pretty $hitty snow- as the day wore on and it warmed up, it got worse

    but hard to complain much when a guy is in this country

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    we decided that we would have a strict noon turn around with slow going w/ the snow and the fact that when it was all said and done we'd be looking a 20+ mile day

    just before noon we decided to try and make it to the saddle in the background

    a really nice spot for lunch soaking up the sun and scenery

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    we made better time on the way back out, despite the snow worsening as it we were for the most part descending rapidly

    we didn't reach the truck until 7 pm; pulled a couple of beers that had been cooling in a snowbank and headed for Choteau for some big burgers- needless to say, we had worked up a pretty good appetite by the time we hit town :)

    we got some good recon, a good training session in and the little shake down will help us dial in our gear for the Open in two weeks

    thanks for reading
     
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    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Nice trip there!

    Sucked for the no snowshoe guy though I bet! :) That will teach him. Been there and did that. Early morning walk in after a cold night. "Oh, the snow is frozen. It's like walking on blacktop. I won't need the shoes today. :)" And then around noonish and you start sinking up to your butt on every step, and the last five miles out feel like twenty. Good times. :)

    Beautiful place you have for a playground!
     
  4. OMRebel

    OMRebel Meanderer of the Piney Woods Supporter Hardwoodsman Bushclass I Bushclass II

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    Outstanding write up and beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing. That kind of trip will keep a fella in shape, I bet.
     
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    blind & lost LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Amazing and awesome as usual, thank you for sharing.
     
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    A nice little overnighter. Looking forward to the open as usual. How'd the cape work out for you?
     
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    thanks all! :)

    @MJGEGB the Gatewood worked out pretty well, set it up in the dark in a very small area; light rain that night and I was high and dry- no condensation issues either, but I had half the door open too

    also the frozen socks/shoes could have been prevented with putting them under my pad- still would have been wet, but at least I could have gotten them on
     
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    few more pics

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    That is some beautiful country!
     
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    Dang all that snow!...........way to go

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    P9150033.JPG 20180914_183532.jpg P9150046.JPG 20190416_153107.jpg and I should mention the ponderosa deadfall (from bark beetle kill). Near the continental divide trail in the Helena natl forest- I dont know about the Bob lately. But the forest here in many areas has no blazed trails left due to deadfall. the last foray I made last fall gave me hammertoe and achilles tendonitis (Im no spring chicken) - in an area I have been packing into for over 3 decades. From bushwacking.........It was horrible......... I am still feeling my mortality from over 6 months ago.
    you can see the dead ponderosa in the 2nd pic.

    yo be careful out there
     
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    Ouch!

    yeah the Bob is famous (probably more accurately infamous :))
    for blowdown- especially now as the trail crews don’t show up until the beginning of June.

    even then there are a multitude of trails that don’t get touched for years and years; definitely a case of even though it may show a trail on the map, you may not find one there
     
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    How is the Esbit working?
     
  14. Bobsdock

    Bobsdock Still going Supporter

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    Outstanding brother !
     
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    thanks gents :)

    Esbit is working fine, but if I see a forecast of rain and more rain for the Open- will likely go w/ the canister stove
     
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    Outstanding trip, we will be anxiously waiting for the Big event!
     
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