Ski Report: Lolo Peak 11/15

Winter has arrived, and the Bitterroot Range is at its early stages of being ski friendly again. With about 6-8″ at ~6,000ft and 18-20″ in wind protected areas at ~8,000 we are well on our way to a solid year. For our tour, we took to the prestine and pretty easy to reach, Lolo Peak for a short 9 mile ~4,000 vertical ft tour. For more adventurous tours, to include Trapper Peak couloir, visit MontanaEscapades.com

 

Lolo Peak TH, on a crisp 5 degree morning
Those familiar, the shortcut has enough snow cover to save you time!
Atop Carlton Ridge with the beginnings of Mormon Peak to the right, and N. Lolo Peak center. The true summit of Lolo Peak lies just east behind it.

After a brisk skin up to Carlton Ridge we scanned the clearly wind spanked east face of N. Lolo Peak. There was hope though! Although the peak has zero ski tracks, we convinced ourselves there was a small path that might support Lolo Peak’s first decent of the year.

Mike making the last push to Lolo Peak, with Carlton Lake below.
The true summit, and vastly less visited portion of Lolo Peak.

We did a tour to Lolo Peak proper last year: http://www.montanaescapades.com/2013/11/lolo-peak-trifecta.html

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The skiing got better the lower we went, but going slow was the plan as there were plenty of underlying rocks.

 

 

 

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We are sitting pretty for a great year. Although there wasn’t much of a base layer on this tour, the warm weather over the weekend should be just enough to set up a great foundation. There is just one more weekend before one can make use of the Mormon road since it’ll be gated Dec. 1st until May 15th. Otherwise you’ll be stuck using the Mill Creek TH, which is quite the stretch of the legs.

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Brawl of the Wild ’14 – Are You Ready?

114th Brawl of the Wild
Saturday, November 22 in Missoula

Kickoff: 3:00 p.m.

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When you grow up in Montana, one thing that is decided upon very quickly is whether you will be a Griz or Cat. The importance of this decision varies, and is often based off of a variety of factors. All Griz and Cat fans gather for the annual, end of the year showdown between the two teams. Whatever you may call it – Brawl of the Wild, Cat/Griz, or Griz/Cat – this rivalry game is fierce and exciting, and often has huge playoff implications.

1st things 1st – Essentialscold

Game day forecast: 39 F
Precipitation: 20%
Humidity: 92%
Wind: 6 mph

  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Winter coat
  • Beanie (maybe with face cover)
  • Alcohol (personal preference)
  • Wool socks
  • Hand warmers
  • Long johns
  • Snow pants
  • Friends
  • Tickets
  • Fan gear
  • Team spirit

Next Up – HistoryHistory

Current record: Griz lead, 70-37-5 (.647)
Total meetings: 113
Last Meeting: November 23, 2013 – Montana 28, Montana State 14
Largest win: Montana 70, Montana State 0 (1904)
Current win streak: Montana (2013)
Longest win streak: Montana 16 (1986-2001)

Get to know ‘em

#12 Montana State Bobcats   BobcatStadium

Head coach: Rob Ash
All-time record: 481-467-32 (.507)
’14 Record: 8-3 (6-1) – 2nd in Big Sky
Big Sky Championships: 20
National Championships: 3 (1956, 1976, 1984)
Colors: Navy Blue & Gold
Fight song: Stand up and Cheer!
Stadium: Bobcat Stadium, capacity – 20,767

Why Cat fans should attend

It’s a rivalry game – #13 ranked Grizzlies vs. #12 ranked Bobcats

It’s hard to get a W in Wa-Griz stadium – come find out if  your team is up to the challenge

I know you have some friends in maroon – come hang out with them in beautiful Missoula!

The atmosphere at Griz games is impressive as is – so imagine what it will be like for Cat-Griz?

Find out who ends up winning the Canned Food Drive , which is announced at half time. This is an annual competition between the two universities to see who can donate the most canned goods. FYI The Cats have won 13 out of 14

Lastly – Why wouldn’t you?

Hashtags to use this weekend – #FTG, #BrawloftheWild, #MSUBobcats, #EatShitGrizzliesGoCatsGo, #CanTheGriz #BigSkyFB

#13 Montana GrizzliesGrizStadium

Head coach: Mick Delaney
All-time record: 549-475-26 (.535)
’14 Record: 7-4 (5-2) – 5th in Big Sky
Big Sky Championships: 18
National Championships: 2 (1995, 2001)
Colors: Maroon & Silver
Fight song: Up With Montana
Stadium: Washington-Grizzly Stadium, capacity – 25,217

Why Griz fans should attend

It’s a rivalry game – #13 ranked Grizzlies vs. #12 ranked Bobcats

Mick Delaney’s last regular season game as head coach – He announced his retirement earlier this week

This is a huge conference game for the Griz! – Griz have one more conference loss than the Cats do

SoBA tailgate – great chance to see/meet some alumni and faculty

Find out who ends up winning the Canned Food Drive , which is announced at half time. This is an annual competition between the two universities to see who can donate the most canned goods. FYI The Cats have won 13 out of 14

The majority of you live in Missoula – SO JUST GO

Hashtags to use this weekend – #FTC, #BrawloftheWild, #BeatState, #HereKittyKitty, #GrizNation, #grizstagram, #WeAreMT

So what’s at stake on Saturday?

Besides being state champs and earning bragging rights….

The Great Divide Trophy!

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10 Montana Events You Can’t Miss!

There’s more to enjoy than the beautiful scenery and great outdoors while living in Montana, and that’s because the state also plays host to a variety of great events held throughout the year. You can’t beat life while living in Montana, and you sure as heck can’t live in Montana without attending some of these events!!

Mullet Fest

MulletFest

Where: Butte, MT
When: March, 2015
Attire: Softball jersey, light coat, sweatpants
Beverage: Brass Monkey (Beer + Orange Juice)

Mullet Fest is an annual co-ed softball tournament put on by the M-Club at Montana Tech University. You are sure to have a great time with friends from all over the state when you meet up in chilly Butte, America for some fun softball action. Oh yeah, and have a mullet (even you ladies)!

Haha just messing, ladies please don’t do that.

Brawl of the Wild (Cat/Griz or Griz-Cat)

Cat/Griz

Where: Missoula, MT
When: November 22nd, 2014
Attire: Dress Warm!!!! Muck boots are the best for this one!!
Beverage: Any type of beer (have gloves, hand warmers and a koozie though)

It’s time to show your colors – whether you’re a Griz, Cat, or House Divided, you better be ready to cheer loud and proud at the state’s largest sporting event. Featuring a showdown between two of the state’s top football programs, the Brawl of the Wild is a true testament of what it means to be a die-hard football fan. Be brave and face the elements. Have fun and support your state.

Note: Attendance is a MUST for any college student.

Headwaters Country Jam

CountryJam

Where: The Bridge near Three Forks, MT
When: June 25th-27th, 2015
Attire: Country duh
Beverage: Coors or Budweiser

If you like country music and drinking beer then Country Jam is the right place for you. This Watershed spinoff has slowly grown into one of Montana’s biggest summer hits, and it continues to attract more big name artists year after year. Attendees can also enjoy mechanical bull riding, dancing, food vendors and horseshoe tournaments.

Montana State Fair

Fair

Where: Great Falls, MT
When: July 25 – August 2, 2015
Attire: Whatever
Beverage: Go to the beer garden or food concessionaires

The Montana State Fair is one gnarly way to celebrate a summer full of fun, with animals, motor sports, exhibits, concerts, rodeo, fair food and much more on display. Don’t be that dude who doesn’t go to the fair, no one likes them. Go and enjoy life.

Testicle Festival (Testy Festy)

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Where: Rock Creek Lodge in Clinton, MT
When: August 1-5, 2015 (Unconfirmed)
Attire: Not much…at all
Beverage: Alcohol

Better bring a strong appetite and a parka if you’re attending this event because you are sure to leave bear-soaked and full of Rocky Mountain Oysters. Testy Festy is packed with all sorts of wild fun; featuring wet T-shirt and hairy chest contests, some oil wrestling, and other R-rated shenanigans. Go big or go home with this one ladies n gents.

Big Sky Pond Skim

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Where: Ambush headwall at Big Sky Resort’s Mountain Village
When: April 18, 2015
Attire: Snow pants and a pullover
Beverage: Twisted Tea

If you are looking for a slightly sketchy, yet totally BA way to rock out during the winter, then participate in the Big Sky Pond Skim. If you are a big fan of Jack Ass and like watching people perform dangerous stuff then go watch! Overall, the Big Sky Pond Skim is a great event that sponsors lots of fun and entertainment.

St. Patrick’s Day

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Where: Butte, MT
When: March 17, 2015
Attire: Green, green, green my friends
Beverage: Green beer and shots of celebration

What better place is there to celebrate St. Patty’s Day then in Butte, America? The city is rich with Irish history and tradition, and considers itself Ireland’s Fifth Province. Get ready for bagpipers, green-died beards, parades and dancing, drinking, and one hell of a good time.

Tip: Go wherever the green beer tastes the best. Good luck!

Brewfest

Brewfest

Where: Missoula, MT
When: Depends – Winter Brewfest (Feb.), Maverick Brew Fest (Sept.), Garden City Brewfest (May)
Attire: Depends on which one you attend. Always bring some gloves or a koozie to hold your brewskies though
Beverage: Try everything

Brewfest features an array of taps that are mainly made in Montana. This is a great event to go to if you are looking to casually drink and hang out with friends before a night out on the town. There’s also live music and food available for purchase.

Tip: Enjoy ALL of the brewskies. Cheers!

Miles City Bucking Horse Sale

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Where: Miles City, MT
When: May 14-17, 2015
Attire: Country
Beverage: PBR

The Miles City Bucking Horse Sale has it all: showdowns between cowboy and bronc, street dances, live music, a parade and much more. Chances are you’ll find what you are looking for at this extravaganza.

Yeehaw!!

Montana Folk Festival

FolkFest

Where: Butte, MT
When: July 10-12, 2015
Attire: Shorts and a T-shirt
Beverage: Water & beer

The Montana Folk Festival is one of the largest, free outdoor musical festivals in the Northwest. This is a great family event that features some of the best traditional performers in the nation, Folklife workshops, regional artists, and ethnic and festival foods. You, your family, and friends are sure to have a good time in Butte for this one.

5 Small Town Montana Summer Events You Won’t Want To Miss.

There are some events in Montana that never fail to satisfy the need for adventure. While we all may have some events already planned, the true Montana gems are the events located off the beaten path. These events lead you to the heart and soul of Montana, and are always well worth the extra drive time on Montana’s back roads. With summer just around the corner, most of our calendars are filling up like college frat boys at the China Buffet. So take a three-day weekend, pack the car with a few rowdy friends, and make sure you hit these lesser known parties this summer.


Reed Point Boat Float: Yellowstone River (Livingston, Big Timber, Reed Point, Columbus MT) July 10-13

 The annual boat float is a three-day float with two overnight stops where hundreds of great people hop on their tubes, rafts, and anything else that floats and let the river take their worries away for a few days. With beach parties, partying like Lewis and Clark,  and a killer street dance in Reed Point this event is a sunny, sandy, sometimes sun burnt path to the best days of your summer.


Pony Duck Races: Pony, MT May 24th

While attendance to this event and most of the others on this list is growing every year, it is still very much an event for the locals. Whether your first time or not, the people you will find in this one horse town are sure to leave you with a cornucopia of memories. For roughly ten bucks you can buy a beer, a plate full of amazing home cooked barbecue, and a little rubber duck with a number on it. Put your duck in the creek and if you are lucky enough to have your duck beat the rest to the finish line, you will be handsomely rewarded. After the races the beer flows all night long, centered around the legendary Pony Bar with live music.


 Miles City Bucking Horse Sale: Miles City,MT May 15-18 

The 64th annual Bucking Horse Sale will be taking place this summer in Miles City, and while horses may not be your thing, if you like good people, music, and atmosphere don’t miss this event. You may be up to your knees in mud and beer by the end of the night but it is all in the experience of this full-blown party. During the day you can find yourself watching about every cowboy event under the sun, including some of the most outrageous such as the wild horse race and sheep shaving.


Darby Logger Days: Darby,MT July 18-19 

 Located right in the heart of the Bitteroot Valley just follow that smell of fresh-cut timber and you will find yourself in one of the more impressive events of the summer. The Ma and Pa race is something you will not want to miss(Google it) as well as the self-explanatory boxing over water competitions. Like all great events live music plays all night long and other than a little sawdust in your beer this event is the cat’s meow.


Augusta Rodeo: Augusta,MT June 29th

Bulls and blood, dust and mud, this is the rodeo to go to this summer. If given the chance to go to any rodeo in Montana this summer I wouldn’t pass it up anymore than I would a free chalupa on Cinco de Mayo. If you are going to pick one though, Augusta is the one to choose, what has been named as the Tourist Event of the Year, this event truly lets you immerses you in the experiences of small town Montana.


Bonus: Paul Bunyan Days: St. Maries,ID August 29-September 1

A carnival, firework show, and the worlds largest topless bar (not exactly what you think) come together in this small logger town in northern Idaho to create a must have labor day weekend adventure. Just a quick drive over the border and a few more twists and turns you will find yourself in St. Maries, Idaho which while not in Montana, is still full of the small town atmosphere that makes for a great party.

 

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Here are some other epic shots from the day.

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Insane GoPro Shot of a beautiful trout on a fly

Glacier National Park

Mission Mountains

South of Flathead River

And some other amazing shots of Stephan Ferry Photography.

Sf1Osprey Slay’s a trout! SF2Glacier National Park SF3Wild Buffalo st4Hawk In flight SF5Stephan Ferry The Man, The Myth, The Legend SF6Fly Fishing SF7What Moon Over The Flathead   SF8Frost on Barbed Wire SF9A Missoula, Montana  SunsetSF10Glacier National Park and a Goat.SF11Fly Fishing Stephan Ferry SF14Hawaii Sunset SF16Glacier National Park SF17Abandon Barn Montana SF18Washington Grizzle Stadium

SF20 Horse Horse Love

 

 

We will let Stephan Ferry’s edit last week speak for itself.