Monday, September 07, 2009

Wolf Butte summer finale

Jim Heckel and Pam Smith atop Wolf Butte

Peter Johnson assesses his next move through the rock 
Katie on her way down through the spires
Wolf Butte (elevation: 6,732 feet) is a seldom visited landmark in the Little Belt Mountains south of Geyser.
I usually climb it early each season.
This year I saved it for Labor Day weekend to share with a group of friends and my wife.
It is surrounded by private lands that can be skirted by carefully staying on state and Forest Service lands to a saddle between it and adjacent Granite Peak to the south.
The fun of this 1,500 feet climb is the boulder hopping.
Wolf Butte is a peak made up of granite boulders, some as large as a house that have been uplifted.
There is no trail from the saddle. You find your way around and across these boulders.
The view from the top are remarkable, revealing the buttes and island ranges of central Montana.
After climb the peak, we descended, got in the car and drove to Billings for the Big Sky Polka Festival.
What would you expect from a nice Polish boy?

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