Creek Boating In The Crazies
By patclayton | June 18th, 2012
Somewhere between the towering peaks of Montana’s Crazy Mountains and the endless flats of the northern plains, there lies a few miles where snowmelt meets the right gradient. Creeks pour through these slots in the mountains within eyeshot of the high elevation snowfields that feed them. Every spring, for a few ideal weeks, the Bozeman locals take full advantage. In a place known more for its cold smoke than its steep creek boating, this is where one last face shot is earned. These couple of gems feature big clean slides that rival the best of the Sierras. Committing canyons and waterfalls punctuate these runs. With the knife-like scree slopes of the Crazies above and the sprawling plains once filled with buffalo below, this is the hallowed ground where warriors from the Crow tribe once went on their vision quests.
Words and Photos by Pat Clayton.
Jason Schutz and Barry try to recover a boat at the bottom of The Gambler rapid on Big Timber Creek. Barry who? I don't know Barry's last name, but everyone knows Barry.
Orion Helms runs a gnarly, remote creek.
Jason Schutz on The Gambler rapid on Big Timber Creek.
Jason Schutz feels The Pinch on Big Timber Creek.
Barry on Big Timber Creek.
Anjin Herndon getting crazy.
Anjin Herndon kayaks Big Timber Creek.
Anjin Herndon drops Big Timber Falls.
Aron Loft, Anjin Herndon, and Kendra Kaiser scout before dropping in.
Aaron Loft in the thick of it.
Orion Helms, Anjin Herndon and Aaron Loft.
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