Frohe Weihnachten 2015!

•December 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Merry Christmas from the Schocks!

Merry Christmas from the Schocks!

Happy Thanksgiving!

•December 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

My parents came from Montana to celebrate Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful time together, and were blessed with the most absolutely gorgeous weather-sunshine and blue skies for miles.

Look at that view!

Look at that view!

Hobbes, the youngest "grandbaby".

Hobbes, the youngest “grandbaby”.

#tryptophan

#tryptophan

Greg & Paula

Greg & Paula

#sightseeingmust

#sightseeingmust

Chowduh

Chowduh

 

 

Oooooh yeeeah!*

•November 15, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The man. The myth. The legend.

Behold, the Lib Tech Doughboy.

6’7″ of creamy nougat center packed with peanuts.

Lib Tech Doughboy

Lib Tech Doughboy

6'7"

6’7″

Yummy!

Yummy!

Elsa is as stoked as I am!

Elsa is as stoked as I am!

Well, maybe...

Well, maybe…

No, she is stoked!

No, she is stoked!

Salomon x Shalom

Salomon x Shalom

My buddy's setup in Idaho.

My buddy’s setup in Idaho.

*Spoken like Randy “Macho Man” Savage would.

Montana visit

•October 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

It’s always nice to get back to Montana in the fall to visit family, do some fishing, work on the farm, and explore some new areas of The Last Best Place.

Wait. Now how DOES this camera work?

Wait. Now how DOES this camera work?

Will. Not. Go. In. The. Net.

Will. Not. Go. In. The. Net.

A fat and healthy Flathead River brown.

A fat and healthy Flathead River brown.

Have Suby will fish.

Have Suby will fish.

Winter is coming.

Winter is coming.

I see a theme here.

I see a theme here.

Jocko River Cutthroat.

Jocko River Cutthroat.

THIS is how the sausage gets made.

THIS is how the sausage gets made.

Windmill donut. Almost as big as your head.

Windmill donut. Almost as big as your head.

St Mary's Mission

St Mary’s Mission

What a beautiful day in the Bitterroot Valley.

What a beautiful day in the Bitterroot Valley.

Teepees.

Teepees.

Skalkaho Falls.

Skalkaho Falls.

Mom and Dad @ Mud Lake along the Skalkaho Highway.

Mom and Dad @ Mud Lake along the Skalkaho Highway.

Helping my brother get his Rez Runner back on the road.

Helping my brother get his Rez Runner back on the road.

Let's go Cubbies!

Let’s go Cubbies!

Bringing back some goodies for the kids.

Bringing back some goodies for the kids.

Ch-Paa-Qn Peak

•October 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Ch-Paa-Qn Peak, Salish for “gray, treeless mountain top”, is one of those mountains that can be seen throughout the Mission Valley when looking south due to its height (7,996 ft) and its relative isolation from any other larger peaks. I’ve been staring at the mountain for nearly as long as I can remember and thinking to myself that one day I am going to climb it.

I used to think I could just drive up North Valley Creek Road until the road stopped and start hiking. You probably CAN do that but the route through Ninemile is a much better road and very clearly marked.

Although it was a bit overcast the day my uncle and I hiked and the views were a bit muted, it was still an awesome day and I will definitely be back on a clear day to soak in the 360 degree views of God’s country.

Where's the grouse?

Where’s the grouse?

Along the trail.

Along the trail.

A well-weathered tree.

A well-weathered tree.

Trail sign selfie!

Trail sign selfie!

It's all up from here.

It’s all up from here.

John about halfway up the summit.

John about halfway up the summit.

Peak-bagging-grins.

Peak-bagging-grins.

I can't imagine what the views are like on a sunny day.

I can’t imagine what the views are like on a sunny day.

If you go:

Forest Service directions

SummitPost

Missoulian

Ashley Lakes

•October 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

My brother and I recently hiked to one of my favorite spots in the Mission Mountains, Ashley Lakes. The lakes are located within the grizzly bear conservation area which closes each year during the summer to allow the bears to fatten-up on lady bugs and cutworm moths. The area reopens in October and this was the first time that either of us had hiked to the lakes in the fall.

The drive to the trailhead was gorgeous!

The drive to the trailhead was gorgeous!

This area of the Missions closes during the summer.

This area of the Missions closes during the summer as the grizzly bears fatten-up on cutworm moths and lady bugs.

This was the first time that either of us had hiked to the lakes after they reopened.

This was the first time that either of us had hiked to the lakes after they reopened.

The trail first goes downhill and then back up.

The trail first goes downhill and then back up.

The view back towards the valley.

The view back towards the valley.

Got woodpeckers?

Got woodpeckers?

The first glimpse of the Sheep's Head (9,417 ft).

The first glimpse of the Sheep’s Head (9,417 ft).

A few fires have moved through the area the past few years. It was awesome to see all the new trees growing.

Some fires have moved through the area the past few years. It was awesome to see all the new trees growing.

Ashley Lakes fire in 2006.

Ashley Lakes fire in 2006.

The aftermath of the fire (2007).

The aftermath of the fire (2007).

The first lake.

The first lake.

The view looking east. On the other side of the pass sits Duncan Lake.

The view looking east. On the other side of the pass sits Duncan Lake.

Ashley Lakes seen from near the summit of the Sheep's Head

Ashley Lakes seen from near the summit of the Sheep’s Head.

Todd and I with the first lake in the background.

Todd and I with the first lake in the background.

In true Todd fashion, he didn’t bring a fishing pole on the hike but did manage to find a somewhat functional pole (with a lure!) leaning against a tree. Needless to say, he outfished me (yet again).

A gorgeous Cutthroat!

A gorgeous Cutthroat!

Catch & Release

Catch & Release

A decent Cutthroat caught on the fly.

A decent Cutthroat caught on the fly.

We said that we would go swimming if we each caught a fish…

Todd

Todd

Swimming in a mountain lake in October. Insane!

Swimming in a mountain lake in October. Insane!

Actually, the water wasn't too bad and so I practiced my roll cast. A 13ft rod with spey line definitely helped.

Actually, the water wasn’t too bad and so I practiced my roll cast. A 13ft rod with spey line definitely helped.

Todd caught one more fish at the first lake on the hike out.

Todd caught one more fish at the first lake on the hike out.

Hiking stick and a fly rod. What more does a man need?

Hiking stick and a fly rod. What more does a man need?

The first lake again with a bit more sunshine.

The first lake again with a bit more sunshine.

It doesn't look that steep, but the hike back out is a bugger!

It doesn’t look that steep, but the hike back out is a bugger!

 

 

He’s baaaaaaaack!

•October 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Ever since that fateful day in 1995 when I sold my Gnu Lil Black Bas snowboard I have been searching high and low for another one.

And guess what? He’s finally back home where he belongs.

Lookout Pass "night boarding" ca 1994.

Lookout Pass “night boarding” ca 1994.

Big Mountain on prom night ca 1995.

Big Mountain on prom night ca 1995.

Gnu Lil Black Bas

Gnu Lil Black Bas

Board, bindings & boots

Board, bindings & boots*

*1993/1994 Gnu Lil Black Bas 162cm, 1994 Burton 3D Freestyle bindings, and 1994(?) Airwalk Freeride snowboard boots. My original setup from back in the day.