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Hiking the Bowl again (Snowbowl 4/27)

post #1 of 14
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Well I like the journey so much last week, that I did it again today. The weather was different, mostly cloudy with periods of sunshine, and that, along with making the hike four hours later in the day made for some better snow. It was decidedly less mushy and more corny, at least on the surface, it was very soft underneath, and made me glad that I brought a bigger pair of skis. In spite of the heavier skis, the hike was much easier this week.

Here's the Snowbowl skyline from the top of West Bowl to the cliffs:



A happy little waterfall seemed like a good reason to stop hiking and take an artsy-fartsy nature pic.



Once at the A-frame, I stopped for lunch and got a good pic of Squaw Mountain in the distance.

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On the way up the mountain (i neglected to mention before) I shot this looking down a snowless Grizzly Chute, this is how it looked much of the '04/'05 season.:



At the top of the mountain I sunk down into the snow to my hip so I took off my pack, and took this gratuitous volantaddictesque pic of Missoula and the Bitteroot valley. V, valley, Volant, and check out the tree on the left, it's a V motif.:



Here's a horrible picture of me once I'd pulled myself out of the hole in the snow and clicked into my skis. Again, with Missoula in the background.



I skied down "Red Bud" (an unofficial name for the ridge between the East and West bowls) and as it was punching through a bit, I cut over to the gut of the East Bowl as it is about as solid as anything up there. When I got the the sun was hitting the cliffs.



Passing the bottom of Grizzly Chute as I was hiking out on the largely snowless Bowl Outrun, I took a looking up pic of the chute.


It was another great outing with the bonus of me being in better shape than the previous week, better conditions, and a better pair of skis. Sweetness!
post #3 of 14
Beautiful. Please keep sharing.
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by volantaddict

At the top of the mountain I sunk down into the snow to my hip so I took off my pack, and took this gratuitous volantaddictesque pic of Missoula and the Bitteroot valley. V, valley, Volant, and check out the tree on the left, it's a V motif.:



It's a V-SCAPE.

Nice pics.

Isn't it fun to hike up a mountain by yourself and then ski back down? It's great exercise and a very peaceful thing to do.
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
It's a V-SCAPE.

Nice pics.

Isn't it fun to hike up a mountain by yourself and then ski back down? It's great exercise and a very peaceful thing to do.
Thanks Bob. You're SO right. It's so peaceful, that when I get back to town I feel sort of detached and disoriented for a while, but in a good way, like a mild state of euphoria.
post #6 of 14
Awesome! Thanks for letting us live vicariously (note use of V) through your adventure (another V in there!).

Thatsagirl
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Beautiful. Please keep sharing.
Indeed, I shall.
post #8 of 14
We will be in Ithaca for 5 or so more years, until my better half is done with her PhD. Keep this up and Missoula will be on our short list of places to relocate.
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We will be in Ithaca for 5 or so more years, until my better half is done with her PhD. Keep this up and Missoula will be on our short list of places to relocate.
If you can find a way to support yourself, it's not a bad place. The economy is quite a bit less than perky though, if you know what I mean. The Bowl however, truely rocks! :
post #10 of 14
She would try to teach at the Uni. I will get buy on my good looks.
post #11 of 14
"Buy" on your good looks? Are you into old ladies with money?
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"Buy" on your good looks? Are you into old ladies with money?
Dyslexia+spell check= Doh!
post #13 of 14
wonderful pics; thanks so much for sharing
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Originally Posted by BCskipro
wonderful pics; thanks so much for sharing
My pleasure. I had this camera since last fall, and bought it thinking specifically of taking ski pictures, but during the season, I got so focused that I was skiing nonstop, top to bottom, all day. So, on those occasions when I actually remembered to bring the camera, I couldn't get myself to stop and take pictures (I did take a few from the lift). Anyway, I'm really liking the hiking because it allows me to slow down and look around and not feel like I'm missing any runs because of it.:
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