Tiny Elvis tackles Casey Peak

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  1. mtwarden

    mtwarden roaming the Big Sky Supporter

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    We set the alarm for 5:30 this morning, ate a quick breakfast and filled a small thermos and headed for the Elkhorn Mountains to take a run at Casey Peak. It's a little over 6 miles to the top and gains nearly 4000' in those 6 miles- it's a grind :). Spot forecast was calling for afternoon thunderstorms, so we knew we needed to hit it early and hit it fast.

    We arrived at the trailhead at 7:00 AM; at 7:01 Tiny Elvis rolled in a bunch of horse shit!

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    They are doing a big thinning project in this area and it's opened the views with it- a first glimpse of Casey Peak (thinning in foreground, peak in the background)

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    The trail follows the East Fork of McClelland Ck up to Casy Meadows and you have to cross it a couple of times- Tiny E likes using a bridge if there is one :)

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    Making pretty good time and soaking in the views

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    We found some huckleberries, not overly thick, but enough to munch on. TE loves them!

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    We made it to Casey Meadows in an about an hour (3 miles); the real climbing starts now.

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    There is one last little tributary that holds water (and no more the rest of the way), so topped off the 20 oz bottle and filled the 1/2 liter bottle. I've been using a MSR Trailshot lately anywhere that holds a lot of water- lets me carry a lot less weight in water with it.

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    The Elkhorns is one of the most sought after special draws for elk; produces monster bulls and holds a lot of elk. Lots of rough cover, but a fair amount of meadows dispersed in too.

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    At the junction for the peak, about 1.5 miles and a whole lot of climbing!

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    On the way up we found a bunch of dwarf huckleberry (grouse berry, whortle berry)- Tiny Elvis loves these too.

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    We finally gained the ridge and for the first time, the peak actually looks close.

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    made 'er

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    Tiny E took a selfie too :)

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    This structure is the remains of an old fire lookout, these lower sections were used to store food goods- we used it to eat lunch.

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    Nice place to eat lunch, but we couldn't dawdle as dark clouds were rolling in form the west.

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    We made even better time on the way out, nearly shaving off an hour. Views weren't too bad either on the way out.

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    We made it back to the truck at 12:30, at 12:31 Tiny Elvis rolled in horse shit again!

    Thanks for reading.
     
  3. buckfynn

    buckfynn Old Geezer Lifetime Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Great trip report thanks for taking us along. Did Little Elvis end up riding in the cab or in the back of the truck after his roll in the horse biscuits?
     
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    Nice jaunt. Thanks for the TR.
     
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    Thanks Gents

    he has a little kennel in the back seat, I took out the fleece blanket (wife had just washed it) in it and threw him in. when we got home I left him in the kennel until I had bath water ready to go- he’s clean as a whistle now :)
     
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    you two look a bit alike ... :)
     
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    That little bugger made it again!

    Thanks for taking us with too!
     
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    Good cover scent! I might have to try that on my bull hunt this fall.

    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    thanks guys!

    we both have pretty good mustaches :)

    yup-that's number two for him; I've been a little worried about taking him on anything this long of late as he occasionally has something go in his right shoulder- I've put him glucosamine for the last month and keeping everything under 8-ish miles and he's been doing really well; he did great today- he gets tomorrow off :)

    yeah your wife will certainly appreciate that! :D
     
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    Livin' large, coming and going! I think we need a Tiny Elvis patch. Might give us all something to aspire to as we hit the trail!
     
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    The scenery out there is beautiful! There's nowhere in this state we'd have 4,000 feet of elevation gain. I can only imagine the energy expenditure doing a route like that.

    I'm not sure which is worse, eating horse turds, or rolling in them. My dog used to eat them. It really didn't take long to break him of that habit, though.
     
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    Good to see Tiny Elvis is getting some exercise. Looks like a good time
     
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    Looks great, beautiful area!
     
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    I vote TE for the Official BCUSA Mascot!;):dblthumb:
    Dominick..........
     
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    Great hike. Thanks for taking us along. I'm glad TE found some hs to roll in right at the start. He got to enjoy it all day long.
     
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    Tiny Elvis is in better shape than I am.
    Maybe I need to roll in some horse s%$t...
     
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    thanks gents!

    yeah he's in better shape than me too, but I think I'm going to have to pass on the rolling :D
     
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    We need a Mascot thread...top two that come to my mind are Tiny Elvis and Sassy the Goat.....
     
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    Great trip report, Tiny E is awesome!
     
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    Love Tiny E! Great trip as usual!
     
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    Thanks Warden! You know I`m a big Tiny Elvis fan, but nobody likes a smelly Elvis!:eek: I`ve got my Sassy shirt. I would be up for a Tiny Elvis article.
     
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