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  • #3565447
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    Dave C just announced the date and start/finish for the 2019 Bob Marshall Open. May 25/19 0800 starting at Swift Reservoir and finishing at Swan Lake campground.

    All usual rules apply.

    Good luck everyone!

    #3565452
    John N
    BPL Member

    @airlocksniffer

    Locale: Montana

    Damn was really hoping to bring my therapy llamas.

    #3565469
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    #3565678
    Jarred O
    Spectator

    @set7-2

    Thanks for the heads up Mike.

    I took a look through Caltopo and created a few routes. I had hoped to make this my first year in attendance but my PostBac will take longer than anticipated – through June -and I won’t be able to make it work.

    I’m interested in seeing what routes other people come up with to see how they compare to what I envision. The Pasayten is the wilderness I create challenging trips in and I have little experience in the Rockies so this will be a good litmus test and tracking context for route development for the following year.

    #3565940
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    not a really straight forward route, add in the very likely potential for very high water and it becomes even less clear- like always, will definitely prove interesting :)

    #3566114
    Tom M
    BPL Member

    @twofeathers

    Locale: Kalispell

    I just stumbled onto this adventure this summer and I am excited to participate. I am a Kalispell local and will be scouting routes. Its been a few years since i was in the Flottila basin/Twin creek area.

    #3566834
    Scott G
    BPL Member

    @sgrimm

    i’m in as long as i don’t draw a Smith River Permit for that week.

    Thinking strongly about a packraft this year. Off trail routes West of the Reservoir are looking interesting.

    #3567227
    David Chenault
    BPL Member

    @davec

    Locale: Queen City, MT

    In the early years my route planning process was governed solely by doing routes I wanted to do personally, and checking out new rivers and creeks.  In the last few years it is both satisfying and sad that I can’t plan a non-circuitous route across the Bob without going over extended stretches I’ve been to before, and that the list of promising and unexplored creeks is almost at zero.

    So I’ve now pivoted to trying to give everyone else access to new terrain, along with a suite of route options without an obvious first choice.  Having routes which disincentivize pack bridges, while still being safe without a boat, is a big part of that.

    I’m excited to slog over the northern Swan Range again.  The snow and blowdown up there is always impressive.

    #3567262
    Tom M
    BPL Member

    @twofeathers

    Locale: Kalispell

    I am building a route based on the lack of a pack raft. Could a person use the cable car at Tin Creek as a means to cross the South Fork?

    #3571270
    David Chenault
    BPL Member

    @davec

    Locale: Queen City, MT

    Tom, I’ve never bothered to stop and see if the cable car was unlocked.  Can’t imagine it is, but if not….

    Snow pack shaping up decently.

    #3571301
    Tom M
    BPL Member

    @twofeathers

    Locale: Kalispell

    Dave,

    I may just plan on crossing at spotted bear bridge but that would nix my bushwack route from Flotilla into Head creek. There doesnt seem to be much chatter about this trip?

    #3571329
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    it’s a wee bit early and often at this stage- routes are kept close to the vest :)

    #3571358
    Dan Durston
    BPL Member

    @dandydan

    Locale: Canadian Rockies

    Looks like a nice course. Neat to see floating the Spotted Bear is a plausible option.

    #3571446
    Tom M
    BPL Member

    @twofeathers

    Locale: Kalispell

    Mike,

    10-4 😉👍🏼

    #3575190
    David Chenault
    BPL Member

    @davec

    Locale: Queen City, MT

    It has been an odd winter thus far:

    Up high the amount of water isn’t (yet) egregiously behind the norm, but there have been lots of warm, windy, and sunny spells.  That means that, should this trend continue, low elevation snowpack won’t amount to much, and will thus melt off quickly.  Southerly aspects are also likely, as of today, thinner than you’d otherwise suspect.  Both of these things could be altered drastically by big snow in the next 2 months.  What won’t change is the horrendously unstable snowpack all the sun and wind crusts and depth hoar have created.  While they won’t necessarily be big, I expect to see more mid-winter avalanche debris than is typical.

    And for everyone who has asked recently, there is no sign up list and no official record of participation.   Just show up.  In the Instagram age asking the tree falls in the forest question is more important than ever.

    #3575411
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    Was in the Upper Little Blackfoot drainage this weekend (not in the Bob, but not overly far away either), way more snow than I expected- at least two feet in the bottom of the drainage (~ 6000′)

    #3582017
    David Chenault
    BPL Member

    @davec

    Locale: Queen City, MT

    Things change in a month.

    #3582045
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    also low level snow a lot deeper than a month ago

    #3582531
    Sam Haraldson
    BPL Member

    @sharalds

    Locale: Gallatin Range

    also low level snow a lot deeper than a month ago

     

    And continuing!

    #3583352
    Will B
    BPL Member

    @elephanthead

    Looking forward to it! Right now I’m planning on floating the middle fork if the water is low enough for Three Forks to at least be worth taking a look at.

    I’m planning on getting out there a week-ish before Memorial Day. If any of y’all are around that week and want to do something up in Glacier or in the Bob holler my way. I’d love to meet up for a quick trip before the Open.

     

    #3586844
    Tom M
    BPL Member

    @twofeathers

    Locale: Kalispell

    I was in the swan yesterday scouting a optional route and trying out a new set of snow shoes. Not much snow at all below 5500′ and lots above. Lots of prior avalanche activity and tons of debris. Should make for a good time at the end. :)

    #3586845
    Mike M
    BPL Member

    @mtwarden

    Locale: Montana

    ^ interesting- thanks!

    #3587266
    Will B
    BPL Member

    @elephanthead

    Not strictly on topic, but anyone know what Swiftcurrent pass usually looks like in late May? I’m thinking about trying a many glacier-highline-Chaney glacier-belly river loop in glacier before the open. Last year a ranger swore up and down to me that Swiftcurrent pass would be impossible until it melted out because of the cliffs, but looking at the map it looks like either of the two creeks that feed bullhead lake should go. I’ll bring crampons and an axe for that sections and because I imagine the highline will be mostly sidehilling on steep snow.

    #3587422
    Dan M
    BPL Member

    @danqm

    Will – 2 years ago we hiked  up to the top end of swiftcurrent right after the open – i know im not the mountain man you are —- but I’ve been over the pass to granite in the summer and there is no way i would want to go there that early . Last year we were there also and the campground wasn’t open yet — still snow around — I’m sure some locals could advise better , but I’d pass

    #3587581
    Will B
    BPL Member

    @elephanthead

    Ah, thanks Dan. I don’t suppose when you were up there two years ago or when you went over the pass you got a look at that creek that runs down just north of the trail into bullhead lake? Looks promising on google earth, like it cuts a notch into the cliffs that might go with an axe and crampons. I’ll probably just wind up hiking out there and taking a look, can’t hurt to check it out :)

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