kevino Posted September 19, 2014 Share Posted September 19, 2014 (edited) Trip: Selkirks, Glacier - Life after School Date: 9/18/2014 Trip Report: David was on vacation and I just graduated from PA school and took my boards; perfect timing for our fifth annual September climbing trip. Similar to previous trips, this trip wouldn't be the same as the last. I was still in Spokane, suffering from the the mental fog that is post national certifying exam, when David arrived. Thankfully we were minutes away from the "Leavenworth of Spokane" also known as Tum Tum. Granite domes, questionable bolting and no guidebooks. David got on the sharp end and realized he wasn't driving I-90 anymore. The next morning we got our first "alpine start" of the trip and drove into North Idaho, seeking the fabled alpine granite that no one climbs. It was one of those days were everything took longer than it should have. Nonetheless, David got the money pitch, and climbed it in style. [img:left]https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-nF3UublibtU/VBufCQWfAxI/AAAAAAAAMyI/QxvAmXhN-58/s800/P1070222.JPG[/img] We eventually made our way to Montana, my new place of residence. A recent winter storm had deposited enough snow to shut down the Going to Sun road. Rumors circulated, but no one could really say what conditions were like up high. No problem though. We'll find out for ourselves. We found a little of everything. Bare ground. Two foot snow drifts. Ice. Slush. David was able to experience the high quality of rock in Glacier National Park as well. Hard to beat this, regardless of rock quality or snow conditions. We continued on to the eastside of the park to find a drier experience. Makes for scenic breaks. David took a rest day and attended to real life responsibilities. I answered to the sirens of the Park and ventured out for another day. Fall days in the Park are spectacular. Especially when the rock is solid. Whether its school, rock climbing, or mountaineering, the challenges along the way makes the accomplishment that much more special. Edited September 19, 2014 by kevino Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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