Monday, May 25, 2009

Lolo Tour

"Lolo could be the best bouldering in the state" - Jeff Ho

It'd been awhile since I've been to Missoula to climb. With so much rock within an hour or so of Bozeman, it's hard to motivate beyond the bubble....but after seeing so many nice shots of the Lolo bouldering, and hearing about it, I was compelled to check it out...

I arrived late afternoon and met up with Levi, got some supplies, grabbed Dylan and headed up into dense forests of Lolo. After following Levi's truck through twists and turns on a maze of forest service roads, we came upon our destination. As evening set in, we did a quick tour of some of the boulders. I was impressed in two ways. One, the boulders were stellar looking: crazy pocket features in blueish granite, with smokey crystal quartz poking out in places, very cool. Two, they found a bunch of great boulders in a VERY DENSE forest, lots of dedication from these fellas over the years.

Night fell, a fire and psyche warmed us as we got our heads together for the following day...



(Chouinard Photography is Dylan's stuff, check out his blog http://dylanchouinardpeckphotography.blogspot.com/)


Sunshine greeted us, and we set off...meeting up with Chris who came out for a morning session.

We warmed up and hung out at the Beautiful Boulder, a massive boulder with a number of great problems...

I'm having a hard time remembering some of the problem names, but will do my best...


Ginger



Cool dynamic cross through thing...



Nasty mono problem





Ode to Boss



Chris sets up for the toss on Hooray for Boobies


Nabbing the dyno...





Ode to Boss

We then took a bit of a break and headed up to the Starship Boulder...there was a OW opportunity there, as well as some stellar hard problems...though I was a bit shot by the time we made it there...



OW proj



Big Medicine

We were pretty rocked and had to get back towards the Boze...We took a birdbath in Granite creek and hit the road, stopping at the Freeway in Butte for a Wop Chop and a beer with Hutch. All in all it was a great adventure and a hell of a tour, hopefully I can get back for more soon!

Cheers!

1 comment:

Dylan said...

Hell yeah, Tom! Great photos! I might have to make a trip over to the Backwaters soon.