Montana, Travels

Wildflowers and a Montana Summit – Hyalite Peak

Way back in 2007, my mom and I hiked to Hyalite Lake… a hike which I’ve previously written all about. It’s 11 miles (17.5 km) roundtrip, closer to 13 miles (21 km) when you add in all the detours to the many waterfalls along the way, and our feet were pretty exhausted by the time… Continue reading Wildflowers and a Montana Summit – Hyalite Peak

Colorado, Travels

Conquering our First Colorado 13er – Mount Flora

As a Montanan, I grew up surrounded by mountains. I summited my first ones when I was a young teenager and I’ve bagged quite a few more in the years since. I won’t lie and say they were easy hikes, because they weren’t. But most of them weren’t too terribly difficult because these mountains topped… Continue reading Conquering our First Colorado 13er – Mount Flora

Montana

Trek to the Big Sky, Montana

Every summer, a local nonprofit called Reach, Incorporated used to host a hike called Trek to the Big Sky. Reach, Inc. is an organization that provides services and support for adults with disabilities. Trek to the Big Sky was an annual fundraiser for this organization. My mom’s work supported the cause, and each year would… Continue reading Trek to the Big Sky, Montana

Travels

A summit without a view – Mount Blackmore, Montana

The Gallatin Valley is surrounded by mountains, and I’d obviously love to be able to climb each and every one of them. But summiting most of them requires a substantial amount of bushwhacking, technical climbing, or both. I have a good sense of direction and I know how to read a map, but I don’t own… Continue reading A summit without a view – Mount Blackmore, Montana

Montana

Bridger Mountain Trails 

This post is going to be a bit of a mish-mash. There are a few hikes over the course of 2006-2009 that I didn’t complete, didn’t like, or don't remember much about, so it would be difficult to write a full post about each one. Instead, I’m combining them all together here. Hike #1: Sypes Canyon to… Continue reading Bridger Mountain Trails 

Southwestern US, Travels, US National Parks

Angel’s Landing – Zion National Park, Utah (part II)

I like to make lists. Maybe a little too much. Packing lists, grocery lists, travel lists. I usually make a list of exactly what pieces of clothing I'm going to bring with me about a week before I actually have to start packing for a trip. What can I say? I like to be organized… Continue reading Angel’s Landing – Zion National Park, Utah (part II)

Montana

“You can lead a horse to water…” – Drinking Horse Mountain, Montana

"...but you can't make it drink." Or something like that. I've never led a horse anywhere, nor have I tried to force one to drink water, so I can't really vouch for the accuracy of that saying. I really only bring it up because there's a mountain in the Bridger Range east of Bozeman, MT… Continue reading “You can lead a horse to water…” – Drinking Horse Mountain, Montana