Saturday morning I met up with the brotherman for a day of exploring up Delmoe Lake Rd...taking things a bit easy since he had a big day getting after "Crack of Doom' out at Whiskey...sounds like he's very close! Strong stuff.
We headed up Halfway Creek to take another look at the lower anomalies and see what was farther up the draw...things are were a bit snowy, but we managed to find some new gems, including a cool looking overhanging finger crack perched ontop of a a 18-20' steepish slab...could be a cool one!
After the successful walkabout we figured we'd finish up by completing the Delmoe lake loop to top the Homestake exit...we scoped roadsiders and ambled up the road...to our surprise the road conditions were much worse than 1 month prior, and the semi traveled road turned into 4-wheeler and snowmobile tracks just after the Delmoe Lake (10 miles off the interstate), we made it about a half mile further before the trouble began...the jeep was sucked into the soft snow/ditch on a uphill corner...after a couple hours of digging we knew that the we'd need reinforcements...I walked and found cell reception, and thankfully Molly was in Butte and able to come out to get us...4 hours after getting stuck and 3 miles of hiking in the dark later, we were on the road to Butte for the night.
We called in the troops, Clay, Scotty and Trevor came and met us the next morning. Fellas ready to do battle, truly good friends coming out to help us in a time of stress...we were very appreciative. A tenuous drive to Delmoe lake ensued... and a hike to the jeep from there...after a good shoveling session we were greeted by a 4-wheeler and snowmobile...they jumped into rescue mode, hooked a tow strap up to the atv, and a few minutes late the jeep was popped back onto the road. Soon we were back in Whitehall, full of relief...Thanks again to all that helped out, much appreciated.
The pit...the Jeep slid down and nosed down into the ditch...damn steep in the lower left corner...
So if you're thinking of exploring the back parts of the road, I'd suggest waiting a bit...especially now after Mondays storm...unless you are rolling an ATV or snowmo that is...
In other news, Clay has been busy with a new extension on his home wall...this thing is going to be epic...more to come as it develops...
I know the feeling getting stuck back in there--Mo, the kids and I had a near epic in the snow once...
The Clay Wall is looking really fine--once the Chronic Cave is done we'll have to swap some sessions:-)
you should post a Chronic Cave update!
Next time over, the T-nuts go with me--235 holds over there now from the defunct Stick to Stone gym waiting to go up.
But I'll post some pics after I finish the next round of labor:-)
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