Big Sky, Montana

Big Sky. Montana is the coolest little ski town and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to visit. Our friends Don and Caroline call this beautiful place home during summer and winter. Big Sky is located in southwest Montana and mid way between West yellowstone and Bozeman. We do have plans to move to Denver but after visiting Big Sky we may reconsider!! Or it may just became a new retirement place to dream about and add to the list of places we would love to live, next to Wanaka, New Zealand of course.  Upon our arrival about mid day we had a nice lunch and just hung out and caught up with each other.

Chillin' on the back deck with Don and Caroline
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Chillin’ on the back deck with Don and Caroline

The next morning Don and Jamie made a plan to get out and climb a 3 pitch trad route not too far from the house at Gallatin Tower.

Don working his way up!
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Don working his way up the second pitch!

 

Summit of Gallatin Tower
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Summit of Gallatin Tower

Gallatin Tower
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Don on Gallatin Tower

They returned for lunch and then all 4 of us headed out to a different crag just up the road for some cruisy sport climbing. It wasn’t long before we were baking in the sun and had to head out but not before I ticked off a couple more lead climbs.

Got my gear sorted, ready to lead!
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Got my gear sorted, ready to lead!

Working my lead route, The Hunter, 5.6
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Working my route, The Hunter, 5.6

Afternoon at Red Cliff, Don working Fat F*&% Five, 5.8
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Afternoon at Red Cliff, Don making his way up Fat F*&% Five, 5.8

I shall follow
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I shall follow

Taking a break with Caroline
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Taking a break with Caroline

That evening we decided to eat out at a local joint called the Corral Bar and Grill on highway 191. I think they’re famous for their burgers and beer and they did not disappoint.  Our server attempted to snap a shot of us, not the best pic but worth posting.

Dinner at the Corral
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Dinner at the Corral

Before taking off the next day we made a plan to drive up to the resort and check things out. Jamie was actually here skiing in 2005 with a bunch of friends but a lot has changed and been developed since then.

Don, Caroline and Jamie, Resort Base at Big Sky
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Don, Caroline and Jamie, Resort Base at Big Sky

We rode the chairlift up to the mid peak and got some nice shots.

On our way up the chair lift
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On our way up the chair lift

Top of mid station
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Top of mid station

Lone Peak in the background
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Lone Peak in the background

Jamie and his photo skills
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Jamie and his photo skills

Back down the chair lift!
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Back down the chair lift!

Thank you Don and Caroline for your warm hospitality and great company, it gave us a nice break from the road for a couple days. The sleep number bed and the fancy shower also made it hard to say goodbye!

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Next stop….Glacier National Park.

~Cathy

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  1. Must have been cool to see Don and Caroline. Looks like everyone is having a blast, awesome!

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