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  1. #551
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    So, about that fire:
    The Robertson Draw Fire, burning south of Red Lodge, Montana near Clark, Wyoming is estimated to be 2,000 acres as of the morning of June 15. Evacuations and Evacuation Warnings are in place for multiple areas near the fire. Firefighters are anticipating a critical fire weather day as the hot, dry, and windy weather conditions persist. With the expected weather, active fire behavior and continued growth is anticipated.
    https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/75...n4WBEGNN_Hhjpc

    200 to 2,000 acres in 24 hours with continued dry and windy conditions forecast. While the Pass itself is largely alpine (and thus short on fuel load), the forest just northeast on the lower mountains seems to be in at risk, and if that lights up, I would expect the pass to get shut down.

    telee, vibes to your family; I hope they, their animals, and their property can avoid the fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anotherVTskibum View Post
    So, about that fire:


    https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/75...n4WBEGNN_Hhjpc

    200 to 2,000 acres in 24 hours with continued dry and windy conditions forecast. While the Pass itself is largely alpine (and thus short on fuel load), the forest just northeast on the lower mountains seems to be in at risk, and if that lights up, I would expect the pass to get shut down.

    telee, vibes to your family; I hope they, their animals, and their property can avoid the fire.
    Doesn't look you'll be able to do any biking on Line Creek for a while...

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    Quote Originally Posted by total_immortal View Post
    Doesn't look you'll be able to do any biking on Line Creek for a while...
    and in the Billings Gazette:

    Quote Originally Posted by Public Information Officer for CGNF
    “Due to the extreme weather today, we are also trying to make it known that this fire has the potential to spark into the Main Fork of Rock Creek,” Chapman said.
    Yikes.

  4. #554
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    In case anyone’s wondering how the snowpack is looking, these were taken yesterday, 6/14:

    Gardener Headwall. Still skiing great.


    The Basin


    Rock Creek Headwall, middle chute was primo. A bit of rock walking to connect the last few patches

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    Quote Originally Posted by anotherVTskibum View Post
    So, about that fire:


    https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/75...n4WBEGNN_Hhjpc

    200 to 2,000 acres in 24 hours with continued dry and windy conditions forecast. While the Pass itself is largely alpine (and thus short on fuel load), the forest just northeast on the lower mountains seems to be in at risk, and if that lights up, I would expect the pass to get shut down.

    telee, vibes to your family; I hope they, their animals, and their property can avoid the fire.
    Thanks it’s dangerously close to some of the outbuilding and fall corrals. My aunt sent me these photos last night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaStoke View Post
    Rock Creek Headwall, middle chute was primo. A bit of rock walking to connect the last few patches
    holy shit that went fast

  7. #557
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    Quote Originally Posted by east or bust View Post
    holy shit that went fast
    So did the fire. If anyone is planning travel to the area, please double check for closures and evacuation orders. At this point, the dispersed camping up Main Fork seems to still be open, but a lot of the stuff between there and town is closed. Personally, I'd want to be staying somewhere with cell service to be able to get updates.

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    Fuck. Vibes prayers. All of it.

    Did not expect this. Twitters says it is moving away from Red Lodge and 20k acres now.

    Our hike up to Lost Lake revealed to our wide Iowa eyes huge amounts of deadfall. Definitely some fuel to burn if it gets there.


    https://twitter.com/hashtag/RobertsonDrawFire?s=09

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    Quote Originally Posted by uglymoney View Post
    Fuck. Vibes prayers. All of it.

    Did not expect this. Twitters says it is moving away from Red Lodge and 20k acres now.

    Our hike up to Lost Lake revealed to our wide Iowa eyes huge amounts of deadfall. Definitely some fuel to burn if it gets there.
    Wife and I did the same hike Memorial Day week and were thinking the same thing. Hope everyone stays safe over there.

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    Damn, that's a depressing site.


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    Still hoping to get up to the pass for some skiing and camping this weekend. Hope for everyone's sake the fire cooperates. Guess we will keep an eye out for updates. We spent a day sled lapping a shallower slope east of the top of the pass last year. Wondering if there is enough snow for the sled this year. Gardner and the basin look decent. Is there much less snow compared to this time last year?

  12. #562
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    Not sure on snowpack--in photos it looks pretty low--but be aware that the USFS has decided to close access to camping on Main Fork and Lake Fork, leaving West Fork to absorb the entire demand near Red Lodge, whatever that may be.

    I'd note that the closure of the Glacier Lake road (Main Fork) wasn't in the original order, but it makes a lot of sense to me--no cell service, and if the fire were to get into that drainage and across 212, it would get to the mouth of the road first, thus cutting off the only easy way out (and the only way with a vehicle).

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    Vertigo inducing drop in with refrozen chunder.

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    Same picture with a looser crop just to show I'm not tilting the camera to make it look steeper than it is.

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  14. #564
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    I was there on Saturday.
    No longer stuck.

    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    Just an uneducated guess.

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    why so many racers backpacks?? is there a course set up below and no facilities to leave them anywhere else? or is it that some 'summer put your boots in your bag' hiking thing they all have going on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by powdork View Post
    why so many racers backpacks?? is there a course set up below and no facilities to leave them anywhere else? or is it that some 'summer put your boots in your bag' hiking thing they all have going on?
    The race training courses get set on the lower poma, so it's much more efficient to bring everything down and not need to come all the way back up for snack and hydration breaks...especially when the top is refrozen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdork View Post
    why so many racers backpacks?? is there a course set up below and no facilities to leave them anywhere else? or is it that some 'summer put your boots in your bag' hiking thing they all have going on?
    Quote Originally Posted by anotherVTskibum View Post
    The race training courses get set on the lower poma, so it's much more efficient to bring everything down and not need to come all the way back up for snack and hydration breaks...especially when the top is refrozen.
    Yeah. When the upper Poma was broken they had to hike out (Tues, Wed) so they did bring hiking boots. Water, granola, race protection, sunscreen, layers etc. They take breaks on the rocks. It is rad for them or anyone to chill at the bottom with a full view of the cirque.

    My daughter is not a super fantastic racer, she is 11 and was just focusing on bashing slalom gates and was on brand new skis and being from the midwest she really hates soft snow when on race courses. The races she finishes on the podium have usually been super hard to ice where her peers struggle and she excels. We were just thrilled to know a coach that knows our coach and to get her into a camp. That being said here is a video of the course set on Thursday and her actually crashing some gates instead of skiing around them. Lots of salt and the grom showing some good progress.



    Here is the hike out to the lower lot. Really not that bad at all.

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    This is her dropping into a brush course Wednesday when it was super warm and hauling salt wasn't really an option because the poma was broken. But...private ski area!

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    Unknown skier who was part of the freeride group out of Red Lodge (and beyond?) that was also allowed in on Wednesday. Caught this shot while we were watching our girl lap the shit out of those brushes.

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    Still a little left this past weekend. Man, what a place.

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