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Tom Kotynski
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
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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Wildflower display before expected Spring storm
From the top of Rodgers Peak on the east side of Rogers Pass   First Indian Paintbrush of the year Lots of glacier lilies means the snow has just left Blue Forget-Me-Nots, Pink Douglasia alpine flowers Trying to beat the expected Spring snow storm Wednesday...

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Same catching up
The view of the Austrian Alps from where we had dinner in Salzburg   Just one of the incredible waterfalls in Plitvice National Park in Croatia A view of  the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia on the Adriatic Coast. We've  returned from three weeks ...

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Kelseya uniflora hike
The Kelseya uniflora bloom on limestone in the Big Belt Mountains Close-ups Katie snapping some shots of the wildflower The Trout Creek Canyon walls rise above the trail like the nearby Gates of the Mountains Normally my hikes involve a mountain peak or a l...

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Tromping to Willow Creek Falls in snow
Douglasia wildflowers with Fairview Mountain in background One of the three Willow Creek Falls   Working our way through the snow on the path Our band of five Wayne's Wednesday Walkers made it through the Willow Creek Falls to the opening of the Fairview Pl...

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Back to Wagner Basin and Front; a climbing find
Mark Hertenstein looks over the bighorn sheep trail route below the ridge line.  His routes are marked in red lines Mark Hertenstein is quite an off-trail route-finder, among the best I've climbed with. On Friday we went back to the Front and Wagner Basin o...

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Wagner Basin spectacle
In Wagner Basin below Castle Reef   Three rams in one of the three bands of bighorn sheep we encountered Nice drop off on ridge line   Wayne Phillips enjoys the view from the ridge Although I haven't posted for a few weeks it doesn't mean I haven't been out...

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Sunset Mountain again; best powder of season
Lots of snow has fallen at Rogers Pass This backcountry ski season continues to remind me of 2005 when it took until March for the best snow and best skiing. We're in the midst of a series of storm pulses that are dropping terrific snow, particularly along ...

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Snow good, three eclectic trips
Skiing up the Jones Creek bottom with Choteau Mountain to the east One of the most gorgeous valleys on the Front Finally getting some good snow and I was out in it three times in the past week:  Bender Creek to Hoover Ridge in the Little Belts, a quick run ...

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Sunset Mountain off Rogers Pass
Approaching the Sunset Mountain summit, which has three telecommunications towers   Tele turns in the clearcut beneath the summit A sampling of the terrain along Little Wolf Creek Road What was shaping up to be a wasted backcountry trip Sunday turned out to...

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Lots of odd snow for Nugget Creek run
The Nugget Creek route in Little Belts So, here's the report on northcentral Montana's backcountry snow:  lots of new powder on top a crust that encases at least a foot of sugar snow that never set up. As we skied Nugget Creek in the Little Belts Wednesday ...
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