|Tendinitis Recovery Therapy|
July 13, 2014
|Bear Creek is part of the Great Western Trail|
|As we dropped into the headwaters of the South Fork of Bear Creek from the top of Brockman Creek, the trail had a lot of downed trees.|
|After the downed trees, the trail follows along side the heavily willowed creek bank for a few miles.|
|It appears not many people use this trail!|
|More faint trail along the South Fork of Bear Creek.|
|We camped along Bear Creek where a side trail takes you to the hot springs.|
|The fly fishing was great in the evening.|
|Pretty flowers everywhere!|
|If you want to ride or hike the Bear Creek Trail, plan on a lot of creek crossings! The cold water was a nice relief from the hot July sun.|
|From Bear Creek we peddled along Palisades Reservoir to the Dam and then continued down the South Fork of the Snake River to Swan Valley where we stopped for burgers and shakes.... and a much needed break!|
|After dinner we started up Pine Creek Pass to reach the start of the South Fork of the Snake River Trail.|
|The South Fork Trail offers spectacular riding and scenery. We camped in Gomer Canyon and continued our journey home to Ririe the next day.|
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May 02, 2014
Ten years in the making...
On May 1st, 2004 I climbed the southwest couloir on Bell Mountain in the Lemhi Mountains with a fun group of folks from a regional Internet forum on Idahosummits.com. The original plan was to climb the west ridge, however, Mike Howard and I convinced the group to try our luck in the southwest couloir. You can read about that trip here.
|Jaren and Heather below the southwest face of Bell Mountain|
The southwest side of "Bell" is easily reached from Black Creek in the Little Lost River Valley north of Howe, Idaho. I often wonder why most folks choose to use Basinger Canyon as their approach. Both Basinger and Black Creek require high clearance vehicles to reach the mountain yet the latter offers a much easier approach to the upper mountain as well as options to reach other routes on the summit dome.
|Friends from Idahosummits.com climbing one of the icy chokes in the southwest couloir. 2004|
|Jaren climbing steep snow under bluebird skies and bright sunshine|
|Looking down some of the less steep terrain in the southwest couloir|
Our primary goal was to try and ski one of the western chutes on the summit dome -- all of which flow into the southwest couloir. Unfortunately Heather was feeling ill. This combined with the west chutes not having enough snow for our liking, we opted to ski the southwest couloir from just below the western chutes.
|Narrow and technical ski terrain!|
|Below the final choke in the southwest couloir|
|Letting the skis run after being confined in small spaces of the southwest couloir|
|Heather pointing toward the southwest face of Bell Mountain|
|Big terrain! Heather heading down into the left fork of Black Creek|
Hopefully it won't be another ten years before we return for the complete descent from the summit, down the west chutes and into the southwest couloir!