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frozenground
06-21-2006, 01:25 PM
Just thought we'd share some pics of our climb on Sphinx Mountain /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_10.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_11.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_13.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_17.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_22.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_23.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_25.jpg


More pics in a minute!

frozenground
06-21-2006, 01:26 PM
Here's some more /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_27.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_31.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_32.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_33.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_37.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_39.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_40.jpg

frozenground
06-21-2006, 01:28 PM
more...


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_42.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_43.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_47.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_49.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_52.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_55.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_58.jpg

frozenground
06-21-2006, 01:29 PM
http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_59.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_61.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_68.jpg


http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_69.jpg


Thanks for looking /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

wolfmen
06-21-2006, 03:14 PM
Wow, very beautiful view. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif
it's GOD's extremely fine craftsmanship.

In Hong Kong, we can't find this kind of glorious
mountain.
The top hill in Hong Kong, it only have 958M.

ths for sharing. /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

Ken
06-21-2006, 04:34 PM
WOW....great pic's!

Thanks for putting them up!

inFALable
06-21-2006, 06:49 PM
Great pics. How do you like those treking poles? I'm trying to decide which to buy.


Thanks

Bushcraft
06-21-2006, 10:52 PM
Frozenground, You sir appear to be a most fortunate man! Nice pics!

inFALable, I've got the Leki Makalu ultralites in titantium. One word...sweetness.

Mel
06-21-2006, 11:28 PM
Frozenground, those are great pics, and that is some awesome country you were hiking in!

Mel

Gizzmo
06-22-2006, 04:32 AM
Georgous country !
Is it in Montana ?

Eagle6
06-22-2006, 05:38 AM
Wow! My trip into The Bob is two weeks from today and these photos have me torqued. Taking my MMR and SuperHootch. Hope to have photos of the Kifaru gear

BuckarooMedic
06-22-2006, 07:20 AM
Frozenground -

Thanx for the incrediable pictures! Man, I sure do miss the Rockies.
I'm gonna have to make a trip back this Summer with The Boys.

Take care -

DSK

militarymoron
06-22-2006, 07:47 AM
gorgeous scenery. wow!
more details? round trip distance, elevation, elevation gain etc?

frozenground
06-22-2006, 08:21 AM
Glad you guys like the pics! We got lots more, my wife takes a bunch now that she got the new camera. We'll post some from another trip here shortly /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

inFALable - We really like the titanium Leki Makalu Ultralites. There are very lightweight, but can take some abuse. The only problem we've had with them is in really cold weather...they get a little hard to adjust. The Life-Link Guide Ultralights look real nice too, might try a pair of those next season.

Gizzmo - yes, Sphinx is in the Madison Range in the Taylor-Hilgard Unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. Southwest MT.

MM - thanks! We knocked Sphinx out as a DIAD, so no bivy gear. Round trip from trailhead to summit and back is about 15 miles. Elevation diff 4,500'. Summit elevation 10,987'. 12 solid hours of hiking/climbing /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

danh
06-23-2006, 06:40 PM
Wow!! Just checked out your pics! Great pics and trip I am sure! Spent several days out there this winter back country skiing with the snowmobiles. Spectacular country

frozenground
06-23-2006, 06:56 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by danh:
Spent several days out there this winter back country skiing with the snowmobiles. Spectacular country </div></div>Snowmobiles (and all mechanized use) are prohibited in a designated Wilderness Area. I sincerely hope you are not one of those cockroaches who mindlessly poaches the boundries just because your machine allows you to. There are plenty of places to legally run a snowmobile. In the Wilderness Areas your skis and some climbing skins should be transport enough.

anthracitic
06-23-2006, 07:00 PM
Nice photos!
Did your wife enjoy the trip as well?
She looked a little pooped in some of the photos.

frozenground
06-23-2006, 07:33 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Originally posted by anthracitic:
Nice photos!
Did your wife enjoy the trip as well?
She looked a little pooped in some of the photos. </div></div>LOL! Yes she loved it, most of our outings are at her instigation. I think we were both a little beat that day as we only got about 3 hours of sleep before leaving..

Honestly tho, she might be able to out-hike me. She is definitely the stronger climber on technical rock/ice, and usually leads the more difficult pitches when the ropes come out /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

danh
06-24-2006, 05:22 AM
Whoa Frozenground! Thanks for the reply but you my friend are a little judgemental. We do not use sleds like "cockroaches". We also spend a lot of time on our skins. Agree that like everything else there are people that don't respect the outdoors. Am not one of those. Also have seen the law out there in the winter patrolling. Used to hate snowmobiles and sledders too. A friend talked me into trying them for at least access a few years ago. Now I have two and love how they open up the backcountry.

frozenground
06-24-2006, 08:19 AM
danh, sorry if I offended. Perhaps I made a hasty assumption based on my past experiences, however I was not accusing you.

Few things annoy me more than spending all day with 30+ pounds on my back in a designated Wilderness Area approaching a remote summit or stalking a wily wapiti only to have the silence shattered by the whine of lazy and abusive users illegaly poaching the boundries on their snow machines or ATVs. More than one hunt has been ruined by such idiots.

Anyway, have a good one /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

danh
06-24-2006, 09:45 AM
No worries. Have had outdoor experiences/hunting outings end up in the same scenario as you. So,am amused at myself and my friends that have taken to the sleds for at least access. Like everything else there are *******s out there that at times seem to ruin it for the rest of us more conscientious folks.

Tiredude
06-28-2006, 12:08 PM
Beautiful pics. I'm jealous. All we do in Tennessee this time of year is step outside of our homes and instantly start sweating.
Tiredude

powder river 2
06-29-2006, 06:04 AM
A fast glissade? Please, tell me about that ice axe--would like to have one to get to some places late spring/early summer.

frozenground
06-29-2006, 09:08 AM
Hi there powder river 2, my general mountaineering axe is an older Black Diamond Raven with 70cm haft. I have been eyeballin some of the newer models that are more lightweight.. maybe for next season. A nice glissade is the best! Much prefer it to a steep downclimb, but you need to have your self-arrest skills on lock especially with an unknown runout.. Ive seen folks get into trouble haulin ass from snow into rock /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif

the snow on Sphinx was pretty soft, not the best glissade conditions, but we got some speed due to the angle. heres another pic:
http://www.munroedesign.com/hosted/images/sphinxmountain/sphinx_62.jpg

powder river 2
06-29-2006, 09:41 AM
How true--an uncontrolled transition from snow to rock would really put the hurt on! Thanks for the pix--cool stuff.