|Across the north face of Ear Mountain on a goat trail|
|This mountain goat followed us across the top, but at a safe distance from us|
|I'm on top here with Rocky Mountain Peak in the distance|
|Jim Heckel descends the breach in the mountain|
|Many spires or "gendarmes" at the base of the summit cap|
|Back to the notch|
We were surprised at how dry and how few flowers were found in the Wagner Basin, particularly after this wet spring. We surmised that some of the dry was caused by spraying of spotted knapweed that got more than the knapweed.
We climbed the 1,000 foot wall on the east end of the basin and enjoyed views into the Gibson Reservoir and the Bob Marshall as well as Sun River below.
|Rare Yellow Lady Slipper flowers in Wagner Basin|
We also stopped to admire the "Skull" tree where an artist has painted wildlife on old animal skulls and wrapped them onto the tree with barbed wire.
|Jim Heckel looks at the "Skull Tree" in Wagner Basin|
At 63 years old I was the youngest in the group whose members hover around 70 years old.
This is a demanding climb.
It made me proud to be part of this group.
Speaking of old goats, we enjoyed watching a big billy play in the cliffs above us as we climbed. He then reappeared below us on a precipice after we had reached the top.