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Attended St. Joseph College Calumet
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Hoover Ridge traverse: Bender to Henn
A view from the Hoover Ridge top looking east toward Old Baldy Perfect, if cold conditions for our trip This 9-mile traverse travels up the Bender Creek valley to the Hoover Ridge top and over to Henn Creek, gaining and losing nearly 2,500 feet in the Littl...
A view from the Hoover Ridge top looking east toward Old Baldy Perfect, if cold conditions for our trip This 9-mile traverse travels up the Bender Creek valley to the Hoover Ridge top and over to Henn Creek, gaining and los...
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Snow variations on Deadman run
Kick and glide across the open Deadman Ridge Wayne's Wednesday Wild Walks old guys at work Digging a pit to assess avalanche conditions The expected huge winds never materialized, but the warm weather did, making snow conditions on the Deadman run in the Li...
Kick and glide across the open Deadman Ridge Wayne's Wednesday Wild Walks old guys at work Digging a pit to assess avalanche conditions The expected huge winds never materialized, but the warm weather did, making snow conditi...
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Nugget Creek
Lunch break and equipment adjustments Out on the flat we were treated to magnificent vistas Our merry band of Wayne's Wednesday Wild Walkers Last year it was too warm, and we didn't get enough snow to do the Nugget Creek option from the High Porphyry-Ranch ...
Lunch break and equipment adjustments Out on the flat we were treated to magnificent vistas Our merry band of Wayne's Wednesday Wild Walkers Last year it was too warm, and we didn't get enough snow to do the Nugget Creek opti...
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A warm and sunny Glacier Park ski: Lubec to East Glacier
The stars aligned for the ski trip this bright, sunny January morning Enjoying a leisurely lunch in a sun-lit snow field The route is pocked with stream crossings  It was in the single digits when we started out from Great Falls, headed for East Glacier Par...
The stars aligned for the ski trip this bright, sunny January morning Enjoying a leisurely lunch in a sun-lit snow field The route is pocked with stream crossings It was in the single digits when we started out from Great Fa...
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Lots of backcountry skiing in plentiful, if base-less snow
Icicles on rock above Sacred Dancing Waters of McDonald Creek in Glacier Park Katie, with buttresses of Mount Edwards in Glacier in background Plowing through thigh-deep powder near Izaak Walton Inn Since my last post a week ago, I've gotten in six more day...
Icicles on rock above Sacred Dancing Waters of McDonald Creek in Glacier Park Katie, with buttresses of Mount Edwards in Glacier in background Plowing through thigh-deep powder near Izaak Walton Inn Since my last post a wee...
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Backcountry skiing has begun
At 747 cutoff on Moose Creek Road. First turns of the year on Speculation at Showdown Katie at warming hut on Mount Eureka at Silvercrest Just a short post to let folks know that backcountry skiing, while a bit short of good snow, has begun. I got out on No...
At 747 cutoff on Moose Creek Road. First turns of the year on Speculation at Showdown Katie at warming hut on Mount Eureka at Silvercrest Just a short post to let folks know that backcountry skiing, while a bit short of good ...
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Middle Fork Judith River canyon in winter
Struggling up the road that is at the center of the area conflict One of the many caves in the canyon of frozen water Walking right up the bottom on the frozen river I really enjoyed a snowshoe/hiking trip into the Middle Fork of the Judith Wilderness Study...
Struggling up the road that is at the center of the area conflict One of the many caves in the canyon of frozen water Walking right up the bottom on the frozen river I really enjoyed a snowshoe/hiking trip into the Middle For...
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South Fork Teton Lake
Arriving at the South Fork Waldron Lake Time to adjust gear and have lunch This is an old standard when the snow is great and there are no snowmobiles up the South Fork Teton near the Teton Pass Ski Resort on a developed snowmobile trail. It rises 1,500 fee...
Arriving at the South Fork Waldron Lake Time to adjust gear and have lunch This is an old standard when the snow is great and there are no snowmobiles up the South Fork Teton near the Teton Pass Ski Resort on a developed snow...
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Rogers Pass powder
Skiing just below the ridge line kept us out of the wind Views of the Continental Divide Trail Skiing across the top before heading down, we encountered snow ghosts Once again, the winds howled on the Plains, so we headed to the West side at Rogers Pass for...
Skiing just below the ridge line kept us out of the wind Views of the Continental Divide Trail Skiing across the top before heading down, we encountered snow ghosts Once again, the winds howled on the Plains, so we headed to ...
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Getting some exercise at Mike Horse
Beautiful, open tele slopes Our view of Red Mountain, largest peak in Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex at 9,411 feet Readying for some turns The wind blew hard on the east side, so we ventured west up the Mike Horse Mine Road just short of the old ARCO water...
Beautiful, open tele slopes Our view of Red Mountain, largest peak in Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex at 9,411 feet Readying for some turns The wind blew hard on the east side, so we ventured west up the Mike Horse Mine Road ...
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A powdery O'Brien Creek Trail ready to go
A winter wonderland on O'Brien Creek Trail A lovely snow-framed corridor Jasmine Krotkov stabilizes a snow bridge across O'Brien Creek I haven't posted for a couple of weeks, but I've been skiing a lot, mostly do the same area ---- Kings Hill, Porphyry and ...
A winter wonderland on O'Brien Creek Trail A lovely snow-framed corridor Jasmine Krotkov stabilizes a snow bridge across O'Brien Creek I haven't posted for a couple of weeks, but I've been skiing a lot, mostly do the same are...
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Shoulder season: a taste of winter
We had Showdown Ski Area all to ourselves! On the old cross country trail Looking east toward Yogo Peak above the Golden Goose ski run Often we're backcountry skiing by now. Although we've had a blast or two of snow, we haven't gotten enough to ski, much le...
We had Showdown Ski Area all to ourselves! On the old cross country trail Looking east toward Yogo Peak above the Golden Goose ski run Often we're backcountry skiing by now. Although we've had a blast or two of snow, we haven...
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Retired journalist and educator
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Journalist and advocate for career and technical education
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Retired from 36 years of journalism, followed by an 8 year encore career as supervisor of Career and Technical Education for Great Falls Public Schools
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I'm a Calumet Region (Chicago area) native, and Montana resident of more than 42 years.
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Two wonderful (grown) children from a first marriage and am married to the former Kathryn Luthin (Myers), who has enriched my life with her three (grown) children and first grandchild.
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  • St. Joseph College Calumet
    B.A. Journalism/English, 1970
  • University of Great Falls
    M.A. Liberal Studies, 2001
  • University of North Dakota
    undergrad, 1966 - 1968
  • University of Michigan
    National Endowment for the Humanities Journalism Fellow, 1979 - 1980
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