Monday, January 31, 2005


This last week I was down in Two Medicine trying to test out my new skis. While there was no snow, there were quite a number of nice looking ice lines. To be more precise, there were a number of what had been nice looking ice lines. The most impressive of these was a trio of tough looking alpine routes on the south face of Sinopah (pictured below)

You may need a closer look to see the remains of the lines. The 1st line looked to have a two pitch base on the outside of an arete - quite unusual. It then went through a few hundred meters of snow before getting into a steep smear. Hopefully the smear fleshes out with better weather because it was just verglass. Route number two had a look of a classic ice line. Again close to two pictches. Route 3 seemed to have some possible potential. It would be more a gully route. I am not sure what the upper sections would be like.

The other nice line I saw was over on Red Eagle Mountain at St. Mary's. There is a nice grade 3 ish gully that can be seen from the Sun Point gate. Unfortunately it isn't completely formed. Also you would have to cross the lake to get to it. The ice climbs north of the visitor center were, surprisingly enough, still present. While only the big smear had ice throughout, I am surprised at how good they are for the weather.


At 1/31/2005 02:54:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.K., i'm in!!! 

Posted by Blair Piggot

At 1/31/2005 03:11:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the lead, right? I figure it will take a few weeks for it to get back into shape. I don't now what the rock there is like. I know two mountains back there is some very well bonded stuff. It looks to be metamorphisized. I don't know if it reaches to Sinopah though. It certainly does hit Mt. St. Nicholas a few more mountains back. 

Posted by chris goble

At 1/31/2005 09:24:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is good rock route on Pumpelly's Pillar (6 pitch 5.7)( - scroll down about halfway for a picture of the pillar) which is between No Name and Upper Two Med. Lakes - so not far away. Most "scramlers" do a route a little further west on the face you have shown. Need a third?


Posted by Rob Hagler

At 2/01/2005 10:09:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds good. Is the rock route in Edward's guide, or do you have some good connections down there? I don't think things will be in shape by the 12th. That means either the 19th long weekend or the 26th.

I am thinking about heading down to Missoula on the 19th, but could be convinced otherwise. If some of us do head down to Missoula, are you interested too? It would be a lazy weekend. 

Posted by chris goble

At 2/01/2005 04:25:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if it's in Edward's book or not. I heard about it from some guys at the climbing shop in Kalispell. Definately worth checking out.

I've got an exciting weekend of painting planed for the 19th, but thanks for the offer. The 26th might work for Sinopah or something along those lines. Probably could do Pumpelly's now with this weather. It's only about 30 - 60 minutes above the upper lake. 

Posted by Rob Hagler

At 4/29/2005 11:36:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found a good link for the mountain 

Posted by chris goble


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