Winter Storm Watch


The annual vigil of carefully watching the weather and waiting for the flakes to fall has begun. This year’s summer felt too brief with the majority of it spent rehabbing my knee. Nonetheless, I did get out on some hikes and enjoyed the wonderful Paradise Valley just out my back door.

Mount Wallace (10,620′) in the southern Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

My lovely wife, Sarah, biking in Paradise Valley on her way to brunch at the Pine Creek Cafe.

Passage Creek in the southern Absaroka-Beartooths.

Passage Falls in the Mill Creek watershed.

Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium)

Fishermen on the Yellowstone River

Yellowstone Lake, look closely and you can the Teton Range in the distance.

Paradise Valley, perhaps the best place on earth?

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Summertime…


Gallatin Valley from the South

It has been a nice, hot, and smokey summer up here in Bozeman. But a new puppy and canoe have been keeping me plenty busy. Here are a few select shots from the summer so for.

Wild Iris

Charlie Noone fishing Upper Hyalite Creek

Rainbow over Gallatin Canyon.

Fishing under Elephant Mountain.

Nice looking Cutty caught by Eric Bee.

There have been several fires this summer with the heat and dryness. Watched this chopper refill to put out a nearby fire.

A new canoe has added a new element to the summer. Sarah and I testing it out on Hyalite Reservoir.

Sarah enjoying the evening.

Canoing on the Yellowstone.

Sarah and Dudley enjoying the float before we flipped and I swamped my camera.

Back in action!


Testing how well my knee is healing on a 5.9 at Revenue Flats.

The doctor gave me the good news last week that my patella has healed and now I just need to concentrate on strength and flexibility. I figure besides hitting the gym and physical therapy, I should focus on activities I enjoy doing as part of my rehabilitation routine. I have been fishing mostly, because it is causes the least strain on my knee, but I have also tried some climbing (top rope only) and biking around town.

My fiance, Sarah, fly fishing the Yellowstone River below Emigrant Peak.

I also made it to Yellowstone National Park for an afternoon of spring wildlife viewing. Saw a couple bears, a bison giving birth (pretty gross), as well as your usual assortment of Lamar Valley wildlife.

Prairie goats (aka antelope) in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park.

Mammoth Hot Springs in late afternoon lighting.

Last weekend it was nice to finally get on some rock and test the knee, and as always, cragging with friends is about as good as it gets. Sarah and I camped for a night up at Revenue Flats, west of Norris, and spent some time getting our rock climbing muscles warmed up with some friends.

Bridger Mountains on a short hike in Bozeman.

My older brother Zack, belayed by his wife Sara, on lead at Revenue Flats.

Zack silhouetted while leading a 5.9.

Sarah fitting in with the Revenue Flats locals, lining up her shot with a .38 special.

Eric Newman on his first lead after a 60 foot whipper that broke his foot last autumn.

Myself, slowly working my way up.

Nearing the top, I was able to climb 3 routes each day, a 5.8, 5.9, and two 5.10a’s. Not bad for having a weak, sore knee.

Transition time


Winter is pretty much wrapped up which means it’s time to pursue some new activities as well as work (since I hardly worked all winter). Unfortunately the weather has been rainy which has limited the activities. I did however make it out to the Lewis and Clark Caverns near Bozeman for a easy tour through the caverns with a claustrophobic tour guide who hated his job. Also, got out rafting on the Yellowstone River but it was met with torrential rain about 1/3rd of the way through. Oh well, c’est la vie!

The spirit of the eagle - this pic is dedicated to my little brother Jon, who is in DC being 100% 'merican

The spirit of the eagle - this pic is dedicated to my little brother Jon, who is in DC being 100% 'merican

Lewis and Clark Caverns

Lewis and Clark Caverns

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More cool formations

More cool formations

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Getting ready to float the Yellowstone River with a storm brewing

Getting ready to float the Yellowstone River with a storm brewing

The float was quite nice... until the rain started

The float was quite nice... until the rain started

Summer Fishing in Montana


Fishing the Yellowstone, Rock Creek and Gallatin this summer. Fishing has been pretty good but slowed down lately.

Absaroka Mountains from the Yellowstone River

Absaroka Mountains from the Yellowstone River

Ray with a nice Cutthroat trout

Ray with a nice Cutthroat trout

tallest freestanding masonry structure in the U.S.

Anaconda smokestack: tallest freestanding masonry structure in the U.S.

Ray fishing Rock Creek in far SW Montana

Ray fishing Rock Creek in far SW Montana

2 dogs, 4 fly rods, and a keg... priceless

2 dogs, 4 fly rods, and a keg... priceless

Ray with a nice Cutthroat trout on Rock Creek

Ray with a nice Cutthroat trout on Rock Creek

front to back, Ray, Pat, and Aaron

The Rock Creek Crew: front to back, Ray, Pat, and Aaron

Aaron fish in hand

Aaron fish in hand

Paradis on Rock Creek

Paradis on Rock Creek

Sunset on the Gallatin

Sunset on the Gallatin

Bridger Mountains

Bridger Mountains

Closer view of the Bridgers from the Gallatin River

Closer view of the Bridgers from the Gallatin River

Spanish Peaks and the Gallatin River

Spanish Peaks and the Gallatin River

Crazy sunset over Bozeman

Crazy sunset over Bozeman

Rattlesnake I almost stepped on while fishing the Madison, good thing I saw him.

Rattlesnake I almost stepped on while fishing the Madison, good thing I saw him.

Rattlesnake ready to strike, we had to hike around him because he wouldn't move out of the way.

Rattlesnake ready to strike, we had to hike around him because he wouldn't move out of the way.