Trip #1...Black Mountain
August 28th, this is a great little day hike, probably even better if you spend a night or two at Pine Creek Lake for some fishing. But, I only had a day. Black Mountain is the second highest in the Absaroka range of Montana with the summit at 10,948. I took this photo on the way down, right before the lightning and rain started. I did the B&W conversion, but now I can't decide which I like better. The color version to me has a "painted" like feeling to it...with Happy Little Trees too. The B&W, a little more dramatic. Help me decide.
Trip #2...Granite Peak SUCCESS
Sept 2nd, Labor Day. Tallest peak in Montana 12,799. Made it back to Granite after having to abort the attempt last year (scroll down for a trip report ). This we did as an overnight-er. East Rosebud to the top of Froze to Death Plateau the first day, summit and hike out the second. I know some people do this as a day hike....more power to ya. This was a great climb. We did the classic East Ridge route. Weather was great except for a little rain on the hike out. Like many climbers on Granite, we free soloed the climb and then repelled down. The route required a lot of attention so I didn't take a ton of photos on the way up. This photo here was from the evening of our first day. Glad to have made it this time.