Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter 2016-17 Around GNP

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Re: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter 2016-17 Around GNP

Postby PeteE » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:56 pm

paul wrote:Happy Birthday Pete! If you get a chance say Hi to Tim and Laura for me.


Hey Paul!
Thanks and I will certainly tell them you said hi!!
We'll be having dinner tomorrow. Thats the plan for now.
Funny I saw them today out at Lake McDonald when I was leaving.
I'm hoping I can do some snowshoeing with them this weekend.

Not much to report. Just wanted to see what the place looked like after this last snow.
The lake is pretty much frozen over, but not too solid from the looks.
Here a few snaps and there are a couple short video links coming a little later.
first 3 mins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk7xyZtgba8
second 5 mins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSGJl1BTOdY
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Apgar Camp Ground entrance.
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Another important stop. Glad they had it dug out :wink:
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Plenty of snow for skiing or shoe'ing
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Re: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter 2016-17 Around GNP

Postby nkrainywindlg » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:37 am

Pete, happy birthday to you! Thanks for sharing pictures and videos. It is so nice to see how glacier looks like after the snow. It seems the park will receive another 12 inches snow today. Keep warm and safe at home! :-)
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Re: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter 2016-17 Around GNP

Postby davidwayne » Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:30 pm

Pics and videos of B & C always brings a smile to my face!! :)
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Re: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter 2016-17 Around GNP

Postby PeteE » Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:16 pm

davidwayne wrote:Pics and videos of B & C always brings a smile to my face!! :)


Thanks, Seeing those two always makes me happy too. It really is hard to not like these two birds once you see them "in person". :mrgreen:

nkrainywindlg wrote:Pete, happy birthday to you! Thanks for sharing pictures and videos. It is so nice to see how glacier looks like after the snow. It seems the park will receive another 12 inches snow today. Keep warm and safe at home! :-)


Glad to see you back on the chat. Coming out this year?
It's a long way to mid July. Anything can happen weather wise.
That said, with all the snow we're getting, this year could look like 2010.
I found one of my first pocketlint "lame videos" from July 15th 2010. 8)

Runs 9:47
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chn9S7Eb_ms

And for you late June visitors, check out another one of my old "lame videos" from July 1st 2011.
You might see the popular Iceberg Lake trail looking like this.
runs 12:50
https://youtu.be/lD6717h65A4

And it's ok to make fun of me. I don't care much anymore in my old age LOLOL!!

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Re: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter 2016-17 Around GNP

Postby Ear Mountain » Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:34 am

Here's a link to a short video by BNSF showing snow clearing operations along the southern border of Glacier this past week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxEMXlqOmYA&feature=youtu.be
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Re: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter 2016-17 Around GNP

Postby PeteE » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:49 am

Thanks for that link Ralph!
A customer friend of mine retired from the railroad. We were just talking about the plows the RR uses.
He was telling me when things got really bad, they used their big rotary snow plow.
That behemoth was steam powered originally but is now diesel powered he said. They keep it now in Havre he said
Incredible machine! Here's one like it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuX4G3znpDE

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Re: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter 2016-17 Around GNP

Postby nkrainywindlg » Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:40 pm

PeteE wrote:Glad to see you back on the chat. Coming out this year?
It's a long way to mid July. Anything can happen weather wise.
That said, with all the snow we're getting, this year could look like 2010.
I found one of my first pocketlint "lame videos" from July 15th 2010. 8)

Runs 9:47
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chn9S7Eb_ms

And for you late June visitors, check out another one of my old "lame videos" from July 1st 2011.
You might see the popular Iceberg Lake trail looking like this.
runs 12:50
https://youtu.be/lD6717h65A4

And it's ok to make fun of me. I don't care much anymore in my old age LOLOL!!

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Hi Pete, I am following your post since last year! :-) Can't live without Chat and the park webcams. I am so ready to get out.
I watched both videos. Can't believe that on July 1st, there were still so much snow on the iceberg lake trail.
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Re: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter 2016-17 Around GNP

Postby PeteE » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:02 pm

Hi Pete, I am following your post since last year! :-) Can't live without Chat and the park webcams. I am so ready to get out.
I watched both videos. Can't believe that on July 1st, there were still so much snow on the iceberg lake trail.


That's very nice of you! Yeah, I'm sure we'll all be ready to get out when Spring comes and things warm up a bit and melt out some.

I posted those videos because, while it's still too early to know what anything will look like in July, those videos show what's possible.
And the snow remaining in those videos on those dates isn't all that rare of an occurrence from what I've been told by long time residents.

I like to see years like those. Makes life and hiking more interesting. 8)

Put on your spikes and hike on!

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Re: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter 2016-17 Around GNP

Postby nkrainywindlg » Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:36 am

I went to Glacier in August in the past two years. Hope I will be able to arrange a July trip to glacier this year.
It looks like the weather starts to warm up. looking forward to see more trip reports, pictures, and videos from you. :-)
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Re: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter 2016-17 Around GNP

Postby PeteE » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:00 pm

nkrainywindlg wrote:I went to Glacier in August in the past two years. Hope I will be able to arrange a July trip to glacier this year.
It looks like the weather starts to warm up. looking forward to see more trip reports, pictures, and videos from you. :-)


Than you for the compliments!

I would have loved to have gotten out last weekend to Polebridge.
The road was very icy. Tim and Laura ( heff936 and MissGuinness ) said they barely made it.
They said the snow was awesome in the Polebridge area.
They did some xcountry skiing and snowshoeing.
I'm glad the trip worked out for them.

As I recall, you like flowers?
Personally, I like middle two weeks of July for flowers.
But that's very subjective. People's taste and interest flowers vary a lot.

Flowers bloom over a large range of elevations and many micro habitats throughout the mountains.
Some flowers bloom as the snow melts back--like glacier lilies. Some need a warmer soil temperature.
A lot of variables involved.

One day in mid August I was hiking on the far side of the Hidden Lake outlet creek. The flowers were spectacular.
However, I like July for flowers because by the time August comes, it's often very hot. Heat usually not good for flowers.

That doesn't mean there aren't good flowers in August, there are. I just believe that there might be little more variety earlier.
Please someone correct me if I'm way off base!

As for trip planning. Mid July can be great for flowers but risky if you are planning to go over the higher passes.
So keep that in mind.

Maybe this year I can time a mid June trip up to Siyeh Pass and get a better shot of Jones Columbine. 8)

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This is a spectacular flower when you see it "in person". Jones Columbine June 20th 2015. Taken on the "hated switchbacks" on the way up to the pass. 8)

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Re: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter 2016-17 Around GNP

Postby nkrainywindlg » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:02 am

Yes, I loveeee flowers. Thanks for remember it!
I visited the park in August in the past two years. In August 2015, I didn't see many flowers because of the drought condition. Last year I planed to do a backcountry hiking on the north circle route, so I visited again in early August. I was so lucky to see so many flowers over the higher passes, like highline, fifty mountains, and stoney indian pass. The bear grasses were amazing. Fifty mountains blanketed with flowers, but no glacier lilies. I would definitely arrange a mid-July trip to see more variety of flowers. I will probably do day hiking next time since my husband was complaining about the backcountry meals last year. I personally love backcountry hiking and don't mind about food at all. :-)

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