Monday, December 03, 2007

Art Walk Showing


Yup, we're doing it, and we're doing it with style. 35 images from this website have been blown up to 11x14 or larger, some at 20x30! Prints are done. I'm currently framing and putting together some narration and explanation to go along with the photos. Drinks, good music, it's gonna be awesome. CTA Billings Office, December 7th, 5pm - 9pm. If you miss the party, the work should be up for another week, just call ahead and stop by the office.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

It's Cody Time


Snuck down to Cody for a little Sendero Illuminoso. Aaron on the ice, Joel on the ropes, and Anya on the camera.

Anya coming up the last 20 feet.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Break (dance) Time

Out to Lunch. Check back in a couple weeks. Work, Travel, Team, Routesetting. We'll get back to the Alpine Life when we're good and ready. In the meantime check out the SteepTeam site.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

More photos from the spire.


Joel leading through the crux of pitch 2.

Joel hauling the pack on pitch 3

Monday, September 03, 2007

Storm Spire


Our camp with Storm Spire looming 900 feet above us. Our seven pitch route took the north face directly up out of the lake. I should have a couple more good photos from some of the other pitches in the next week or two.

Daniel starting up the first pitch of seven.

The Doctor coming up the wandering fith pitch.

The Doctor, Daniel, and Monseur Danaher on the summit preparing for descent.

Summit Cowboy

Monday, August 06, 2007

Proud


Hiking in to camp with our objective ridgeline looming above right. A storm struck us within a ropes length from the top and we spent the next 3 hours descending the north face.

Anya nearing the summit of the large gendarme, about an hour before the storm, and 11 rappels.

Sunday, July 29, 2007


Daniel and I turned around on our line up Inabnit and all we got was this photo and some sore feet.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

The Standard Shot of Whitetail


Whitetail Peak and it's northeast ridge on the left, the basin of the West Fork of Rock Creek on the right.

Camp.

Summit shot, 6:32 in the morning.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Two Cent Tower Reprise


Looking down the tower from the top of the third pitch. The west fork valley expanding below.

D-Man coming up the classic third pitch.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Wild Bill's Buttress


The first two pitches were a little messy but the 160' 3rd pitch to the summit was worth the effort.

Joel getting prepared for the roof and sweet hand crack on the upper headwall pitch.

Nate getting a dose of some Beartooths exposure.

Sunday, June 10, 2007


Hmm, we just forded a river and now we have to hike up this stuff? Approaching the Shark's Fin for an 800 foot 5 pitch route.

The first pitch, 200 feet of slabs, wet cracks, and overhangs. Joel in the middle of a Space Odyssey.

Above the crux of pitch 3 dancing up the open book to the belay.

The Doctor of Medicine leading pitch 4 into the chopping block.

I seem to think we've see something similar to this before.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Team Website

A link to the Billings Climbing Team Website has been added to the sidebar.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Game On


It's been too long. The climbing team has wrapped up for the season and I'm full of new ideas for next season, but for now I've got to do some climbing! Anya and I went up and spent the weekend at Mystic Lake with a basecamp full of buddies that tried to fish the lake dry. We climbed this alpine face we've been calling the Mystic Pillar on Sunday. A nice long moderate route.

Anya on the rock rib mid way up

Joel navigating the second ice pitch

Anya pulling through the last few technical moves to the summit

Obigatory view from the top

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Organic

A friend of mine from high school started Organic Climbing a few years ago and this winter his crash pad recieved the "Editor's Choice" from Climbing Magazine. Go Helke! Organic Climbing.

Monday, March 26, 2007


Peak made of Granite

Sunday, March 25, 2007


Seftibach, Anya, and I trundled around Mystic Lake wondering why it was so warm for a couple days.

Walking around.

Gotta love the bushwacking.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

My Mountain Jacket


Kenny, Joel, and Aaron keeping things classy at the Cody Ice Festival two weeks ago.

Anya sweating the river crossing.

Angie's Falls in the Beartooths this Saturday.

Sunday, February 18, 2007


Joel up on the first repeat in four years of Desperate for Loving. This pitch was in for only 4 days. It fell down the day after we climbed it.

Anya coming up the approach to Grandma's Chicken.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Climbing Team

For those of you outside the greater Yellowstone Region. The climbing team was featured in today's Outdoor section of the Billings Gazette.

Sunday, January 21, 2007


It took me two years to forget how much fun the approach to California Ice was. Kenny and I went up Saturday, Yup, it's still a beartooth blast! A good long day out, with some spicy weather to finish off the day.

The great Kenny Gasch starting up the first pitch

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

It's 5 in the morning and I need to sleep


Here's the only photo that really turned out from our tromping around in december trying to do nothing. We started hiking at midnight with only a couple hours sleep between us. We learned to get more sleep for the next time out.

New year, new software, new look. Check out that expanding archive!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Future Ice Climbers of America

My younger brother Jeff was in town, so we ran up a couple pitches down in Cody. Kick off the New Year with a three day cardio climbing punch.