Grasshopper Glacier

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Grasshopper Glacier

Post by stevec » Wed Feb 21, 2007 12:40 pm

http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/custer/recreati ... pper.shtml

I had come across this awhile back, and thought it was cool.

I've been checking the snowpack in the area, and so far it sounds like there is lower-than-average snow in the area this winter, so there's a decent chance that we can drive the LJ's all the way to the wilderness boundary, then hike up here to see this. I'm checking with the ranger stations, and will keep you posted.
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Post by stevec » Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:06 pm

Just got off the phone with the local forest ranger... If we can drive all the way to Goose Lake, it's about a 4-5 mile hike to the glacier. He also said the last bit of road is quite rough (large boulders), so a lot of people may elect to not drive all the way to the end, and there also may still be snow blocking our path. Other than that, he said it isn't a very difficult hike; the toughest part would be the high elevation.

Snowpack is currently about 60-75% of normal, so unless things change, we should be pretty much snow free by the end of June! :D Got some maps coming in the mail, and the rangers marked a couple of good camping spots that should handle our group, so hopefully we'll have more info coming soon!
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Post by Ruby » Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:10 pm

stevec wrote:
Snowpack is currently about 60-75% of normal!
Our snowpack around here is 120-150% of normal. If we get a warm spring things could get interesting with water levels, you know all about flooding.
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Post by Glen Friesen » Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:36 pm

Sounds like a fun hike, I'm game. I'll break trail with the toyzuki til the snow gets too deep. With the EFI we shouldn't have any trouble with choking out on the hills this year. Might have to find a pair of chains...
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Post by deimos » Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:48 pm

Sounds interesting... frozen extinct grasshoppers!
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Post by Suzy » Wed Feb 21, 2007 8:40 pm

Ruby wrote:
stevec wrote:
Snowpack is currently about 60-75% of normal!
Our snowpack around here is 120-150% of normal. If we get a warm spring things could get interesting with water levels, you know all about flooding.
Oh hell, the last summer I was in the Kamloops area after those types of conditions the mosquitoes were big enough to show up on radar. You couldn't go outside unless it was windy.

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Post by Ruby » Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:27 pm

Suzy wrote:
Ruby wrote:
stevec wrote:
Snowpack is currently about 60-75% of normal!
Our snowpack around here is 120-150% of normal. If we get a warm spring things could get interesting with water levels, you know all about flooding.
Oh hell, the last summer I was in the Kamloops area after those types of conditions the mosquitoes were big enough to show up on radar. You couldn't go outside unless it was windy.

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Post by stevec » Thu Feb 22, 2007 12:01 pm

We can see who feels up to the hike when we get there. If there's a lot of snow, it'll be a slow hike. We can always split into two groups once we get up there, so one group can head back to camp and the other group can do the hike.

I'd like to do it, but I don't know how the kids will feel about an 8 mile hike. The thought of ancient frozen grasshoppers in a glacier might give them enough motivation to hike up there!
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Post by tweeder » Fri Feb 23, 2007 9:33 pm

stevec wrote:about an 8 mile hike.
momma ain't gonna be into that, for sure! :shock:
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Post by stevec » Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:01 am

stevec wrote:Snowpack is currently about 60-75% of normal, so unless things change, we should be pretty much snow free by the end of June! :D Got some maps coming in the mail, and the rangers marked a couple of good camping spots that should handle our group, so hopefully we'll have more info coming soon!
Checked again this morning, and the snowpack in SW Montana is still near record lows (though they've only been tracking it since 1961). Bad news for the farmers and ranchers, but good news for us, as there (hopefully) won't be much snow left for the meet!
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