Trip Report
Gash Point, Bitterroots, MT - Skiing the E/NE Ridge/Bowl (Video)
Tuesday November 27, 2012 2:56pm
http://youtu.be/hTZ7cS16B9w
(best in full screen HD with the sound on).

I made a video to celebrate the first tour of the season. Be prepared for tentative early season/thin cover skiing, gratuitous skinning and scenic shots, hillmap stickers and wistful folk music from an old neighbor of mine and her band Prairie Empire.

I'm cross posting this a couple of other places as I am really proud of the video and it is a bit of a promo for hillmap which is a free (as in beer) mapping site that I wrote incorporating a lot of great suggestions from people on supertopo.

My wife and I moved to the Bitterroots of Western Montana from Seattle last month in Search of something like a less bavarian Leavenworth.

Sunday we took our skis out for the first tour of the Season and had a wonderful time booting and skinning through breakable crust and thinly covered logs and rocks to find some very skiable pockets of powder (and high winds) in an old burn along a ridge up high. We turned around before the summit but still managed to ski a couple thousand feet.


I'm not really sure what the locals call the route we skied but here it is on a map:

http://www.hillmap.com/m/ag1zfmhpbGxtYXAtaGRychALEghTYXZlZE1hcBjStzkM

Perfect low angle powder terrain.


Gear Notes:
Skis, Warm Coats, Ptex

Approach Notes:
An AWD vehicle could make it to the upper trailhead, we hiked from the lower.

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ryanb
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ryanb is a climber from Seattle, WA.

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Blodgett Goat

Trad climber
Missoula, Montana
  Nov 27, 2012 - 03:04pm PT
Nice video, Ryan! Welcome to the Bitterroot! I think you'll be pretty stoked on the climbing out here. If you ever need a catch feel free to give me a shout.

have a good one!

Josh
ryanb

climber
Hamilton, MT
Author's Reply  Nov 27, 2012 - 03:12pm PT
Thanks Josh! We actually moved out here after getting hooked on bitterroot granite on a couple of road trips to Blodget, Lolo, Lost Horse etc. Also did a bit of climbing on the new stuff at mill before the snow started falling which was really fun. I'm definitely down to meet up and climb, though if it stays this cold I think i'll be skiing so I can wear mittens...so it may have to be in the spring.
eKat

Trad climber
  Nov 27, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
OhMan. . . . SO NICE!

TFPU!

Welcome to Montana!

:-)
TwistedCrank

climber
Released into general population, Idaho
  Nov 27, 2012 - 04:03pm PT
Anything requiring tire chains and plastic boots is mighty fine.
10b4me

climber
  Nov 27, 2012 - 04:27pm PT
very nice. would like to check it out.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Nov 27, 2012 - 11:17pm PT
Great video and great sound track, thanks!!!!!
ryanb

climber
Hamilton, MT
Author's Reply  Nov 28, 2012 - 02:02pm PT
Thanks for the kind words guy! Maybe I'll make another one once we get a few more runs in and remember how to ski downhill...

We are really digging Montana so far. I'll try and post some rock climbing tr's too once it either warms up or we toughen up enough to climb in the cold...costco sized pack of handwarmers might help. There are some random scouting pics from hikes on our blog and I'm really stoked on the potential for hike in, camp and climb adventures.

The sound track is all Prairie Empire so check them out if you are into that kind of thing you can listen to their whole album on bandcamp ... they all still have day jobs but just got signed to a small label. I don't think the video would have been quite the same if I left in all the cursing, grunting and howling wind.

Blodgett Goat

Trad climber
Missoula, Montana
  Nov 28, 2012 - 03:42pm PT
You guys should look into skiing Horsehead Arch up in Blodgett. It's suppose to be a stellar line!
Aki J

Trad climber
Placerville, CA
  Nov 28, 2012 - 05:00pm PT
Great video! Anyone know if there is any possibility to get on blogdett granite right now?
Blodgett Goat

Trad climber
Missoula, Montana
  Nov 28, 2012 - 10:43pm PT
Blodgett granite is climbed all year on sunny days. It can be 20 at the trailhead and feel like 60 up on the wall... considering the wind isn't too bad.

If you want some more beta give me a shout. Blodgett is stellar!
ryanb

climber
Hamilton, MT
Author's Reply  Nov 29, 2012 - 03:08pm PT
Blodgett arch looks really fun, thanks for the tip.

Do you mostly climb at the parking lot wall in winter or does the big stuff warm up enough to climb on too?

The Millcreek developers said that it is pretty good in the winter...south facing and some of the harder stuff stays dry under a big overhang.
Blodgett Goat

Trad climber
Missoula, Montana
  Nov 29, 2012 - 07:39pm PT
I mainly go to the first buttress in Kootenai in the winter. But in Blodgett it's mainly the Parking lot wall. Mill creek would seem like a great place. Hot as hell in the summer
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