My Journey

Arjan

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Love the write up - thank you very much !

Awesome pics as usu..

Really - that book to make is around the corner..
 
Foy.....I'll be interested in your thoughts on the APR. I see the good in the organization.....lots of locals do not. They offered me a job earlier this year for the summer & fall but when I said I don't clean bathrooms they never messaged me again.....

Arjan.....thank you and I've always appreciated your support and everyone that is like you. It takes a team to build a blog.....stay safe.....



Now the question to be asked was whether we wanted to go to the bigger mountains to the west or the smaller mountains to the south.....

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When it came right down to it, I just wasn't ready to leave the area entirely.....so we chose the smaller mountains.....the mountains I'd come to love.....the Big Snowy Mountains of Central Montana were next.....

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So I came up with a new plan.....a plan that I'd thought about previously when I was hiking along that beautiful ridgeline at the top of the Big Snowy Mountains.....

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I loaded my new destination into Google Maps and then we drove south.....passed through Lewistown and Judith Gap, Montana once again.....from Judith Gap we drove east coming at the mountain range from an all new direction.....

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Google Maps misled us several times.....once we entered a ranchers property and drove right up to his front porch (he was on his tractor and he just smiled and waved). The next option took us down this road.....

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Eventually we found the base of that mountain range, and finally entered the Lewis & Clark National Forest from the south.....

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.....Swimming Woman Road finally being our chosen route.....

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Camped that night next to a babbling little brook where the temperatures were more agreeable.....walked 5 miles that evening in the forest getting ourselves ready for yet one more summit the following day.....

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Now the purpose of that evening hike was to figure out how far the actual trailhead was from our camp (there is little reliable information available on this hike)....we walked along a 4 wheel drive road making a few creek crossings, maybe 6 in total.....I spotted several cave entrances in the rock walls above that lined the canyon.....I thought right then that we might have to check these guys out on another day.....

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Further along our hike, the canyon opened up to wonderful meadows with broad views of the mountain range.....

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I thought we were alone here but we were not..... after a few miles of hiking we encountered a truck with a pop up camper on the back.....that's actually not a typical sight for me to see way back in the forest like this.....as odd as that may seem to be true.....

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I chatted with the campers hoping for better information on our planned climb but they weren't climbers.....they simply were here to enjoy their solitude so we said our farewells.....eventually we did find that trailhead.....it looked to be good.....

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And now rain clouds from the western skies began to pass over.....the mountain range gave us little notice of the impending storms.....

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We hustled back to the camper and spent a nice evening along that babbling brook.....

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Intermittent storms passed by throughout the night.....what a wonderful place it was.....

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It appeared from my recon the previous evening that this would be another long miles day in the Big Snowy Mountains so I decided to risk taking the Jeep up the 4 wheel drive trail to the trailhead, reducing our hike total 4 to 5 miles.....

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The early morning dew covered the thick grasses at the lower elevations.....soaked my leather boots.....

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.....but as we entered the pine forests the dew was nonexistent.....

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I was constantly on the look out for the black bears of the Big Snowy Mountains but this would be yet more day without a black bear sighting.....we hiked 16 plus miles that day and saw nothing.....other than deer every now and then.....

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The trail was nearly nonexistent for much of this hike.....I found that the key here was to follow the barbed wire fence upwards.....

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These boulders dislodged from the mountain side were enormous.....maybe the size of semis.....

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A spring fed lake was a welcomed find for my best buddy.....

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.....and a trail marker and a faint trail zig zagging up the mountain side was a welcomed sign for the both of us.....although one of us of course had no idea how welcomed it was.....

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Now the views to the south from the mountain side were magnificent.....I'm not certain how far we could see that day.....

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And finally we reached Knife Blade Ridge.....and yes, this mountain ridgeline has its own name.....and it seemed like it went on forever.....this stone cairn we encountered marked the new trail that traversed the ridgeline....

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Now we hiked along the ridgeline.....views were now in every direction.....

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Our goal for the day was to summit Greathouse Peak (8,681') which we eventually achieved.....

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We found a stone cairn which appeared to mark the summit.....

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And we also found.....several hundred feet away..... the remains of stone benches.....

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And on beyond we could see something in the distance so we continued to hike to see what we could see.....turned out to be a metal vault with solar panels.....no idea what for.....

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We spent the afternoon exploring the ridgeline.....relaxing on the summit and having a late lunch......we loved it up there on that ridgeline.....but more clouds were building in the distance.....we made haste and made our way home.....

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Foy

Explorer
Looks like the Madison is truly a caprock horizon on Knife Blade Ridge. One pic appears to show the light gray Madison over top of the tan-weathering Jefferson Formation, a coarse-grained dolomite of Devonian age which has its own erosion surface at its top, representing a gap in the depositional record called an unconformity. The Jefferson appears to be more of a slope former as contrasted to the cliff former which the Madison so much is.

Taking a day off of the roads/creeks/trails in Philipsburg today. Glorious weather for a bit of (old high mileage) truck maintenance and an afternoon nap!

Foy
 
One afternoon I decided to unhitch the Jeep and have a look at the Missouri River.....the river was only 9 miles north of our camp.....

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Exploring just a small bit of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument was next.....

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The Jeep seems to always start after a good rest and it had been quite awhile since we last used it. So long as I don't turn it off, we'd be fine is my thinking.....

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We checked out the boat launch and the campground which were right off the highway and next to the bridge. I felt bad for those campers that were paying $12 per night for a spot where the wind didn't blow. It was hot in that valley.....but maybe they run generators and a/c units all day.....who knows.....

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Always grateful for more information.....

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We took the dirt road on the south side of the river and drove west.....

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I couldn't t help but think of Lewis & Clark when I first saw this river.....

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The dirt road climbed high above the river banks.....

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.....which afforded us some amazing views that stretched for miles to the east and miles to the west.....

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I seem to be having similar issues with my Jeep. When it’s well rested it will, reluctantly, start. After it’s been running, it’s a crap shoot. We just left the high country in Wyoming and are down in Evanston Wyoming to seek repairs. It’s got a new battery, so I know that’s not it. Alternator is putting out. My next thought is a bad starter.
 
Ghostdancer.....just sent you a PM too. I did some research online and decided to follow the advice. I removed the ground wire from the engine block and cleaned all wires including the ground wire which were attached to the block. I also wire brushed the engine block and rehooked it all back up. The pictures below indicate charging status before cleaning and after. I read that it's rarely the alternator.

Before the cleaning it would barely turn over the engine but now it starts up immediately without any delay.

Good luck.

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Man i sure was hoping that you would be going in from the south side! I've been google earthing like mad on the big snowy mtns for a while now even before you went there.
 
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