Deep Off the Grid

Just back from 4 spectacular days in the Beartooth Mountains.  I was lucky enough to be included in a Patagonia alpine design team retreat.  Thought I am certainly not an expert skier, I do extensive testing of baselayers and shells that overlap significantly with the alpine line.   Walker graciously extended the invitation and I jumped on it.  So glad I did.  Those mountains are spectacular!

We worked with Beartooth Powder Guides out of Cooke City, MT.  Ben and Bo run a first-class operation and the center-piece of their offering is a beautiful high country cabin that the two of them hand-built last summer.  It’s situated on an old mining claim within the Gallatin Wilderness and accessible only via human power. 

Some wonderful times with fantastic people.  I continue to be amazed and inspired by the dedication Patagonia has to making the best product.  They are without a doubt “committed to the core.”

Check out some of the pics:image

Woody Creek Cabin

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Skinning up the Woody Creek drainage

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Pilot Peak

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Working up the ridge

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Richard assessing the route

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West ridge

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Refueling before the crux of the route

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Randy, Evan and Walker ascending said crux…

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Blowing like stink on the ridge…so we boot-packed.

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Bo keeping us all in line

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Bo’s line…