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Tarbuster

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right here, right now
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 20, 2008 - 01:12pm PT
… A short trip report on some happenings during the "Age of the Batholith"






Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2008 - 01:13pm PT
A 3’ x 6’ proclamation adorning a bar front in Missoula sets the tone:





Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2008 - 01:13pm PT
My first-order business was to seek consultation with Boulder's premier naturopath physician… who happens to practice in Montana.

So I flew to Missoula and expected to rent a real Montana truck (for max poseur factor);
You know, something big, man-sized, maybe with four wheels on the rear axle and great big mud flaps.
But the nice lady at that Hertz desk saw I was from Boulder so she instead fit me out with this Prius:
(oh well…)




Turns out the doc I was going to see lives at the mouth of Blodgett Canyon.
I had wanted to check this place out since John Harlan III included it in his comprehensive guides.
And I had just two hours to conduct a recon…

So this is the first person I met in Montana after I left the airport, on the way into Blodgett:




Then I met these guys:

Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2008 - 01:14pm PT
On the trail into Blodgett sits this commemoration to a smoke jumper who died working a big blaze outside of Glenwood Springs Colorado:





Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2008 - 01:14pm PT
Blodget really has the stuff.
A half-dozen granite towers, each laced with multi-pitch 5.10 crack climbs.

This is the first pair that comes into view,
From the East after less than a mile of walking:




And the same group from the West:




And some independent views of these initial towers:



Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2008 - 01:15pm PT
The premier group in Blodgett Canyon is the trio of Flathead, Shoshone, and Nez Perce:




Flathead:




Shoshone:




Nez Perce:




Sadly, or not so depending on your viewpoint… I had to beat it out of there and get to my appointment.
But with just a little bit of hiking on a low angle trail I was able to scope some super cool Montana stone!!!
Prod

Social climber
Charlevoix, MI
Jun 20, 2008 - 01:20pm PT
More!

Prod.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2008 - 01:29pm PT
That's all I have on Blodgett Prod.

As I stood there on the trail gawking at Flathead, Shoshone, and Nez Perce at 2:30 in the afternoon (prior to my four o'clock appointment),
Two wiry guys with lean climbing packs came bounding up the trail behind me:
They asked me if it was the first time I'd seen it, then without missing a beat...
'Dudes grinned and set off down to the creek crossing and bounded up the talus toward Shoshone for an afternoon ascent.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 20, 2008 - 01:34pm PT
Wonderful stuff, Tar.
Welcome home--I hope there are more pics from
the batholith yet. . .


:-)
MisterE

Social climber
My Inner Nut
Jun 20, 2008 - 01:34pm PT
Beautiful pictures, Tar! Looks like stellar conditions!
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 20, 2008 - 01:42pm PT
Dang. . . PapaJoto's been yammerin' to us about Blodgett for YEARS and we have yet to go. . . I think your pix have been just what it takes to get revved up.

MAN.

What a cool place.

Thanks, BoyToyRoy!

eKat
Landgolier

climber
the flatness
Jun 20, 2008 - 01:45pm PT
Blodgett is awesome and the campsite is great, but it's adventure climbing out there. Some of the worst bushwhacking I've ever been a party to was getting to the base of and off of routes in that area. Still great stuff, but ho man, the climbs were only about half the battle.
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2008 - 01:45pm PT
Gotta give big credit to this fellow, Kevin Hutchinson aka Mojede.



He's put a lot into this gathering (still is as we speak) and he graciously picked me up at the airport so I could save my arms from the driving duties.
There's lots of boulders to hang on to in them hills!!!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jun 20, 2008 - 01:47pm PT
http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/North_America/United_States/Montana/South_West/Blodgett_Canyon/

Looks pretty. Although with the white color, loose rock might be an issue on some routes?
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2008 - 01:48pm PT
Alas, Landgolier is correct in his assessment of Blodgett.
Those approaches (and descents) look horrendous, folks best stay away...
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2008 - 01:53pm PT
And yes Clint,
Poor looking rock too.
I ain't never goin' back...
Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2008 - 02:03pm PT
So much for that risqué alpine granite.
On to the site of the party, bouldering, cragging.

Pat and Tom Kingsbury, and Dominic:
Big Thanks to These Guys for Hosting!!!




Liz in the blue, and friend:

Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2008 - 02:10pm PT
Mojede, with protégés Ladd and Lyddie:

Tarbuster

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Topic Author's Reply - Jun 20, 2008 - 02:17pm PT
Here's Mark:




And here's Mark on rock, June 14 2008, just a couple of days after a big snowstorm:



Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jun 20, 2008 - 02:20pm PT
Tarbuster, Balm in Gilead....to the eyes and the soul. lynne
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