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|Montana Spring break yurt trip!
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|Author:||Brendan Smith [ Mon May 19, 2014 5:46 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Montana Spring break yurt trip!|
This is long-delayed, but better late than never, eh?
Over spring break, Myself, Jason, Jerry, Michael, Jeremy (non-uw) and Lindsay went on an epic road trip and spent a few nights staying in a yurt in the Seeley-Swan backcountry of western Montana. Many adventures ensued, and although some of us barely survived (Jason, looking at you here), the general consensus was that a grand time was had by all. Jeremy was kind enough to post a truly epic trip report (novella) to his personal blog, which is available here:
I highly recommend reading if you have the time.
"After unloading our gear and eating a quick lunch of turkey sandwiches and Snickers we set out to explore the ridge above camp. Dense forest opens up into subalpine glades, leading to a dragon tail ridge with an ancient lookout tower on the first peak. We're unsure who built this tower but we suspect elves. The elves seem to have installed solar panels recently. A final dusting of snow falls from the sky as occasional breaks in the clouds reveal pieces of the landscape around us.
Following Crazy Carl's recommendation we traverse two more peaks across the ridge to a self-explanatory area called Burnt Trees. We dig a snow pit just below the ridge but find nothing too worrisome for our treed descent path. The storm has dropped nearly a foot of what the natives reverently refer to as "cold smoke". Princess nervously hoofs at the snow a few times before calling into his radio: "Dropping!" Soon Traffic Cone follows, and then it's my turn. The descent is magical. Floating this way and that through the burnt trees I feel like a bald eagle and for a moment am free of the shackles of my indentured servitude as expedition cook. I stop and eat a snickers. "
here's some pictures courtesy Jeremy, I know other people have more somewhere:
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