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Two birds with one stone.
I’m at all times amazed at how summer season trip goes by so quick! With my days numbered, I felt a way of urgency to climb yet one more mountain earlier than heading again to Hays for the beginning of the varsity yr subsequent week (college students begin on Thursday 8/18). I’ve additionally been craving a cheesesteak sandwich, in all probability due to latest publicity concerning the return of the Pickle Barrel signal that was stolen 20 years in the past. Spouse’s permission granted, I set off for Bozeman late Friday afternoon. The plan was to devour a sandwich, drive to the Ross Go Trailhead 20 miles north of Bozeman, sleep in my Outback, after which stand up actually early and climb Ross Peak (7 miles round-trip with 2,400 toes of elevation achieve).

Under: Picture of the Bridger Mountains courtesy of Wikipedia.

Get this celebration began.
I arrived on the trailhead round 8 pm Friday night, took a brief stroll to stretch my legs, then sat and visited a number of cool youthful of us who have been there to work the Bridger Ridge Run the following morning. The arrival of a thunderstorm broke up our circle, and everybody retreated to their autos for the evening. I awoke at 5:30 am, gulped down a caffeinated smoothie, and began mountaineering at 6 am.

Clear skies!
The primary time I climbed Ross Peak was with 5 pals on Labor Day 2013. It was enjoyable, however the air was muddied by smoke from wildfires, so we couldn’t see a lot past the Bridgers. This time the climate was excellent; sunny, calm, cool, and the air was very clear. It took me two hours to succeed in the summit (3.25 miles one-way) – an hour of that was spent negotiating the steep rocky ultimate half mile. I adopted a reasonably discernable climbers’ path that eradicated many of the route discovering, but it surely was nonetheless difficult. If scree, scrambling, and publicity aren’t your factor, then you definitely would possibly wish to take a cross on Ross Peak.

That did the trick.
I reached the summit at 8 am the place I loved an hour of excellent summit time with nice views of the Bridger Mountains, the Gallatin Valley, and plenty of distant mountain ranges. However don’t take my phrase for it – take a look at the photograph tour (hyperlink beneath). I’ve additionally supplied a hyperlink to the 2013 album, which incorporates a number of images that present a number of the sketchy components of the climb. For those who do the climb, I like to recommend utilizing some kind of app that tracks your route. That observe could come in useful as you make your manner down. I scrambled right down to Ross Go and hiked again to the trailhead, ending my journey round 10:45 am, earlier than it received scorching . . . feeling just a little extra mentally ready to begin yr #41 of my educating

Under: This map marks hikes which have been featured on up to now, together with a number of in Glacier Park – Choose full display screen to develop, zoom in for extra element, or click on on a marker for a hyperlink to the put up.




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