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The Onset of Winter in the Mountains

Written on October 13, 2014 at 15:18, by

Hiking into the mountains can be compared to going forward in time.  As you gain elevation into the hills it is like moving forward in the season.  Lower pressures and colder temperatures bring an earlier onset of each season and in mid-October it is not uncommon to fall asleep in autumn and wake up in winter.Continue Reading

Fifty Miles on the Pitchstone Plateau and along the Bechler River

Written on September 4, 2014 at 17:30, by

A trip in the Bechler region of Yellowstone National Park has been on my bucket list for years.  I secured a permit encompassing a vast chunk of the SW corner of the park.  My itinerary was to traverse the Pitchstone Plateau, then head westward to the Bechler River Valley, following it northward to my end pointContinue Reading

Gravelly Range Overland

Written on July 10, 2014 at 15:52, by

The name of this blog is “Going Places Quietly” and it’s intent is to highlight my wilderness treks whether they be on foot, splitboard, bicycle, or skis.  That being said my wife, friends, and I do a lot of car camping and the mini-expedition we set out on over Independence Day was so exceptionally beautifulContinue Reading

August Overnight into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

Written on August 20, 2013 at 19:00, by

It’s been a summer of weddings on the weekends and work on the weekdays. My fiance, our friends, and I have managed to get out for a fair number of car camping overnighters with some good mountain biking and hiking during the days but the backpacking has been a bit sparse so far this summer.Continue Reading

The Best Laid Plans and Trips to the Vet

Written on June 16, 2013 at 11:47, by

The route was picked last week, the meals were planned, and the gear lists were dialed. Friday night would be devoted to car shuttling and then a gentle valley approach of about four miles to a late night camp. The next day would be an aggressive mountain pass probably requiring multiple miles of over snowContinue Reading

Shoulder Season Ski Camping 2012/2013 – Part Two

Written on June 4, 2013 at 18:00, by

As mentioned in yesterday’s post I had to keep my snowboarding exploits to a minimum this season due to an out-of-whack sacroiliac joint. The trip highlighted yesterday was in November and was pre-injury and being able to dwell upon how great it was to get out ski camping with a good friend did a lotContinue Reading

Shoulder Season Ski Camping 2012/2013 – Part One

Written on June 3, 2013 at 18:00, by

I injured my back in early winter and was unable to get out splitboarding as much as I’d like this winter but was able to get out on two meaningful overnight trips (second TR to follow soon).  One of my go-to ski partners, Jon W. is pretty much always up for an adventure no matterContinue Reading


Written on July 14, 2012 at 19:29, by

Mirror Lake, Spanish Peaks, Madison Range, Montana

Packrafting Overnighter – Beartrap Canyon

Written on May 2, 2012 at 22:24, by

Although many feet of new snow began to fall in the high country on Thursday evening last week and friends were planning bids on a local peak I’ve wanted to ride for sometime I couldn’t get the idea of either bicycle touring or packrafting out of my brain.  The ski trip group was leaving onContinue Reading

SuperUltraHeavy Winter Trip

Written on March 13, 2012 at 11:07, by

The United States Forest Service has a series of cabins, fire lookouts, and other shelters available for rental at a nominal cost all over the country. In SW Montana there is a LOT of federal land and therefore there are a LOT of these rental cabins. Navigate your way to to see for yourself.Continue Reading