2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:49 pm

I wonder if the guy was a UK special ops guy?
I talked to a former SAS guy in Scotland who ran a little mountaineering shop; they like doing those long ,hard treks. 8)

Anyway, back to the present.
I left Whitefish at 0353 this morning. 3 hours exactly to Swiftcurrent parking lot.(3hours back too)
The hike took 7 hours RT to where we stopped. You can get to the beach if you want to cross the snow bridge over the outlet creek.
We stayed well up on the scree slope north of the lake...kind of straight up from the outlet melt pond.
Better view of the lake from up there.

My hiking partner for the day hooked up with me in the parking lot.
Great guy. More on him later. I have to EAT!!!!!!!
Been a long day driving. I'll try to get a report done soon.

However, before I go...
I had to leave y'all with a snapshot and a very special video clip for chatter ND :arrow:

Runs 30 seconds.
https://glaciergeezer.smugmug.com/GNP-L ... -ttrc8dh/A

Not nearly as much snow up there as I expected.
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby dpratt » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:42 am

I am very surprised by the small amount of snow up there. I assumed it would still look like winter. I haven't been up there (unfortunately) since late June of 1997 and that entire basin was still a winter wonderland after that big snow year. Other than by the outlet where water was flowing, the lake was still completely frozen and covered by snow.
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:41 pm

dpratt wrote:I am very surprised by the small amount of snow up there. I assumed it would still look like winter. I haven't been up there (unfortunately) since late June of 1997 and that entire basin was still a winter wonderland after that big snow year. Other than by the outlet where water was flowing, the lake was still completely frozen and covered by snow.


Yeah, I was really surprised as well. I've seen more snow than this twice in early July.
Weird how snow works.


I was concerned about having to walk back in a T-Storm and rain. You'll get an idea how quickly bad weather can approach. Before you know it, the storm is on you.
No storm this time.


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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby Jay w » Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:49 pm

Love seeing MG early in the season. Thanks for the update.

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby Jay w » Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:34 am

Did you make it to the lake? Did you go around the high side of the outlet pond to avoid the stream?

Snow bridges ok...didn't feel like you were going to fall to your death in a cave of ice cold running water?

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:36 am

Jay w wrote:Did you make it to the lake? Did you go around the high side of the outlet pond to avoid the stream?

Snow bridges ok...didn't feel like you were going to fall to your death in a cave of ice cold running water?

Jay

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Hey Jay :)

No, We didn't go down to the lake.
I kept us hiking high up on the scree/snow on the north side of the lake---approximately where the red dots are.
If I get out there any time soon, I'll retrieve my GPS which I left on the "big rock" where we sat to eat. 8) &$&#%@^!!!!!!!

There was a group of 4 people ahead of us who went around over to the bottom of Iceberg Notch--where I went last year.
I just felt it wasn't safe to take "Atsen" over there under the circumstances. I felt responsible for him.

The snow bridge across the outlet creek was still there, but don't know if it was crossable.

If you look at the pics you'll see nice blue sky early on.
However, I could see the predicted small "front" moving in over the divide--and you can see it in the pics as we get closer to the lake.
First, I saw the high cirrus streaming across the cirque wall; then the thicker grey clouds.

My hiking companion had no proper rain gear and I was worried that if all hell broke loose, he'd get soaked--the jacket he had wasn't waterproof.
That and I wasn't too keen on walking back in a T-Storm and driving rain--that snow can be tricky to walk on.
Plus I don't believe my companion had much, if any, experience walking on snow in these conditions.
He's from Malaysia. This trip out West was a treat to himself for finishing his Masters in "Financial Mathematics" at NC State.
The sky and weather was crap for images so we ate lunch and headed back.

Situations like this are precisely why I always carry rain gear.
No rain this time, but around Glacier Park you just never know.

pete :wink:


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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby al_in_al » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:04 pm

Love this shot! I don't comment frequently, but I do read and appreciate all the updates.
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:38 am

Thanks Jessica!
To all of you
It looks like my ISP went out of business.
Only have phone for now. So wont be here as much.
Im sure that makes some of you happy. 8)

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:31 pm

It wasn't my ISP after all. Seems all of Western MT's internet got whacked?
Dunno. I don't have TV and don't listen to the radio.
When I got to work I heard that a tree fell on a Spectrum line or something.
Whatever, it's good now.

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Jay,

Maybe you/I/we will find my GPS.
It should be sitting on, or next to a large rock that will be easy to spot.
It's high enough on the scree slope that I doubt anyone will be wandering by any time soon.
One of Hank's marmot cousins has a den under that rock. He made a face at me when I refused to feed him. 8)
That GPS "body" is undoubtedly sweat soaked.
So I wouldn't be totally surprised if it got carried away.
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby llholmes1948 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:20 am

Pete,

Great to see those early season photos. I am a bit surprised there wasn't more snow on the trails.

When my daughter and I hiked to Iceberg in early June 2007, one thing we noticed was that goats were in the lower meadows not far above the trail - at much lower elevations than you would see them in the summer. We saw the same thing a day later on the north shore trail at Two Medicine. Since we were only doing some low elevation hikes that were open, we weren't expecting to see goats but there they were.

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby ND » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:50 pm

I had to leave y'all with a snapshot and a very special video clip for chatter ND


LOL! Really I did laugh out loud. First thing I thought about was last year on our hike back from Grinnell Glacier. You are about 20 feet in front of me and make this quick move bending over going off the trail into the bushes. Seriously, I thought you were having a stroke or something. Then you come up all smiling with your little squirming friend. I thought this park was far enough north to avoid these little guys. :shock: There will never come a day when I ever pick up a snake! I mean that sincerely. :lol: Thanks for the laugh.
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