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Nice pics Pete. I was out there last week. Most of my time around the cabin but walked in Swiftcurrent and drove up to Jackson glacier overlook. Lots of beargrass in the Many area. Saw a grizzly near lost lake. Got my boat inspected at the KOA and put in on lower St Mary lake for an evening cruise around Tbird island. Valley flowers were great. Very lush and wet in the park right now. Hope to get back in August. Wish I could post pics from my phone.

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Pete, thanks for the pics from last weekend. I enjoyed them! :D

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calicotraveler wrote:Love seeing your photos! Big Sky country.....beautiful.
I love the skyline on the Great Plains on a clear day when you can see to the horizon.
That doesn't happen often in the summer due to dust and fire smoke.
So it's nice to try and get a few pics when a nice day comes along.
Thanks for the compliment

pete :wink:
teapot57 wrote: Nice captures, Pete. Looks like it will be awhile for Piegan Pass to melt out. The wildflowers are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
You're welcome Tina. Yeah Piegan pass route will be tough, at least for me, for a while yet.
The run out is pretty dangerous on some of those snow fields, especially the ones near the pass.
The flowers are looking better each time I go over. I'm really hoping to get over there next weekend.
I need to get up to Siyeh Pass to look for those columbines. I'm sure Preston Park is still pretty deep in snow.
The "hated scree slope" that switchbacks up should be passable though, and that's where the flowers are right now.
So that's the plan for the weekend.
Jay w wrote:That tree is a little too alive to be "a dead tree for Jay," but I appreciate the picture.

Jay

Oh, that wasn't for you...nonsense.
Hehehehe!
Next time you're here, check out the burn area as you come down Baring Creek to Sunrift Gorge.
The opportunities for "dead tree" pictures are endless. Some great looks in combo with the flowers.
The wind was just blowing sooooo hard that the flowers in the pics I did take were mostly blurred. :(
Then with intermittent rain I just said, forget it.

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Carol Lynn wrote:I love seeing all the wildflowers and beargrass! Thanks Pete.
Thanks Carol. As I said above, the wind was really frustrating.
I don't know how I could have gotten anything worth looking at.
But there's always another day, right? :)

pete :wink:
scott-atl wrote:Nice pics Pete. I was out there last week. Most of my time around the cabin but walked in Swiftcurrent and drove up to Jackson glacier overlook. Lots of beargrass in the Many area. Saw a grizzly near lost lake. Got my boat inspected at the KOA and put in on lower St Mary lake for an evening cruise around Tbird island. Valley flowers were great. Very lush and wet in the park right now. Hope to get back in August. Wish I could post pics from my phone.
Hey Scott!
Yeah, the bear grass this year is the talk around town.
My customer friend who is 83 years old and born in the park told me this morning that he hadn't seen bear grass bloom like this in many years.
That should tell people something 8)
And yes, it's pretty lush right now. Nice time to be here.
maybe see you in August!

pete :wink:
davidwayne wrote:Pete, thanks for the pics from last weekend. I enjoyed them! :D
Thank you David :) I'm hoping that pics from this coming weekend will be even better. The view(s) from Siyeh Pass this time of year are really spectacular.
I doubt I can get past that one tiny spot at the highest point on the trail, but who knows. I'd love to get pics looking over at Sexton Glacier and down Baring Creek. We'll see when I get there.

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Bowman Lake, Kintla Lake and Lake McDonald

I took two visiting friends of mine from Virginia Beach out to see Bowman Lake and Kintla Lake.
We got to the Merc at 0700 just as they opened. I have pics from there on my other camera.
The skeeters are still pretty bad out in the North Fork. Nothing unusual for there in June. Two guys came back from camping at the head of Bowman and said the skeeters were really bad at BOW. The went by canoe.


Here are a few pics from our road trip yesterday

Almost no wind at Bowman. I'll work on this pic and a couple others. Might turn out pretty good.
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Breeze came up at Kintla Lake.
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My two friends from Va. Beach "Liz and Keith" enjoying the quiet beauty of Kintla Lake
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Kintla Creek at the outlet. Creeks are all still high and running fast. Take care around them.
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Keith and Liz are staying at the Village Inn. Nice room with a kitchenette and a pretty good view. 8)
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I will post a few more from the Polebridge Mercantile later.

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Those photos are and that day was beautiful!!!

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Beautiful pics of Bowman and Kintla, Pete. I especially love the second to last pic of the outlet stream, spilling out of Kintla. It was loaded with Westslope Cutties when I fished it. Not much size, but beauties nontheless. I need to return one of these years.

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Pete, love the photos, especially the first one. You're making me jealous.

It felt like Glacier here today. High in the 60s and strong wind.

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Hey all - was pretty busy since my trip so hadn't had the time to post my photos from Memorial Day weekend. Take a look below - as well as the full album in imgur (so I'm not overloading this page)

Thanks again for the tips Pete!

http://imgur.com/a/p90PE

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I like the ground squirrel pic. Nice.
My wife and two friends hiked from Jackson Glacier Overlook Saturday morning before Father's Day. That's where the gate was. The weather varied from brief periods of sun to some drizzle. When we got to Logan Pass (easy walk through the Big Drift) it began to rain hard. Fortunately that didn't last long. When we got back down to Siyeh Bend we discovered they had opened the road there. That made the remaining portion of our hike somewhat dangerous as drivers seemed to refuse to move over to give us room.

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Thanks Ralph! I was up there after they opened it too!
Im half way down from Mt Brown lookout. Changed socks. Laced up boots. Posting this and marching out. Beautiful day. Skeeters and flies bad, but not unbearable. Pics and video when I can.

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Really enjoying the photos!

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ufdlim wrote:Hey all - was pretty busy since my trip so hadn't had the time to post my photos from Memorial Day weekend. Take a look below - as well as the full album in imgur (so I'm not overloading this page)

Thanks again for the tips Pete!

http://imgur.com/a/p90PE
You're quite welcome. Glad I could help out.
I really like the Northern Lights photo.
You're very lucky since that doesn't happen every day.
You need to plan a return trip for a July/August visit.
GNP will knock your socks off 8)

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ND wrote:Really enjoying the photos!
Thanks Ken!!
I'm trying to get better photos this year.
You, Larry, and Bill coming out this year in late July?
Tell 'em Hi for me

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Mt Brown, what can I say?
~4200ft of gain over 5 1/2 miles :shock:
Going up wasn't too bad.
Walk 25-30 steps, rest a few seconds, then repeat 239753894 times till you get to the lookout 8)
Never again will I call the switchbacks going up to Siyeh Pass (or coming down) "The Hated Switchbacks" :)
If I had to pick a word for the Mt Brown hike, it would be "relentless".
The switchbacks go on forever. There are no level places on that trail, not one, not even for a few feet.
There are no places where the trail loses elevation.
On the video someplace I say that when you make a turn at a switchback and you look, all you see is more UP.
It's a grind up that is surprisingly about the same grade all the way up once off the Sperry trail.
No snow until the last few hundred yards below the lookout. Slippery but easily crossed.

The mosquitoes and lil black flies were bad, but tolerable.
My long sleeve white shirt and the short sleeve orange shirt were treated with permethrin--and it worked.
Bear grass was really nice down in the forest. The higher elevation blooms are coming.
I met a number of people, including "The Three Morons". More on them later.

I didn't take my A77. I tried to go light since I knew this would be a challenge for me.
All these are snaps with my lil Sony HX10V point and shoot camera.

Here is a link to a slide show with all that are uploaded at the moment.
All my pics for all my hikes , etc. are public at Photobucket site "Geezerpete2"
http://s1374.photobucket.com/user/Geeze ... Mt%20Brown


This old Billy goat I named "Captain Brown" was at the lookout. I took 27 snaps of him and lots of video.
Poor guy was PLAGUED with black flies. This was one of the only pics I got where he had his eyes open :( :(
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Late start at 0745. The yellow hoody was more for mosquitoes on the lower elevations.
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The bear grass is just going bonkers this year. LOTS of it on this hike. :D
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Three nice, polite kids passed me here.
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Going up wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. My moving pace(when I was moving) was pretty good. However, coming back down near 'bout crippled me. EVERYONE out there passed me coming down.
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Another young couple looking at Mt Edwards passed me here
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You get this view of Lake McDonald once you begin to break out of the trees
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The lookout is barely visible at left center. If you click on the enlarged image at Photobucket, it is easily visible.
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Same spot looking towards Heaven's Peak
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Looking more to the left at Lake McDonald
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"The Three Morons" passed me playing their heavy metal music out loud. Not the last of their bad behavior. I restrained myself from B-&%$#@ slapping them 8)
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Dead tree look at the lake 8)
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Looking over at Mt Edwards. Snyder lakes like down below Edwards
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Same young couple who passed me going up coming back down through the snow near the lookout.
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The end is in sight. Hooray!
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Captain Brown had his eyes closed most of the time not because he was tired, but to keep the horrible black flies out of them.
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I knee walked through the snow all around him. Did get this one and the one below with eyes open. He wasn't too nervous with me being close. This head shot was from about 10ft.
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I thought some might find this interesting. Here Capt. Brown has his leg stretched out. You can see in the closeup how his winter "pantaloon" That covers and protects his legs from the winter wind and snow is beginning to shed.
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Pics from around the lookout
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No "boot shot" available at the lookout. This is from down below the lookout looking at Mt Edwards
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PeteE wrote:Thanks Ralph! I was up there after they opened it too!
Im half way down from Mt Brown lookout. Changed socks. Laced up boots. Posting this and marching out. Beautiful day. Skeeters and flies bad, but not unbearable. Pics and video when I can.

pete :wink:
Just spent 6 days in the Bob. Lots of trees down but very few flies or skeets. We aborted our climb of Junction Mountain due to poor route selection. Looks like your in pretty great shape if your hiking up to Mount Brown Lookout. Looking forward to your photos.
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