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Last week, here in town we had 18" of new snow, over 4 feet in some of the surrounding subdivision. Now, we have 6" of new on the ground, with two feet in those same subdivisions, and up to another 24" expected. Yup, its June, and its snow, so it must be global warming. Actually, we appreciate the moisture and hope to get couple more storms like this the help the drought situation. My jeep still is garaged as I continue to be overwelmed by Murphy's Law.

I hope to get my welder back from the shop next week so I can finish my projects.


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John,

Send some of that moisture up to Gods Country! Everyplace is getting rain but us!! We have a burning ban for the county and all the dern reservoirs are dry..the boat will probably not see any water this year unless I pull it to Flathead!!

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At least it was good for the farmers, but I am really longing for some 80+ degree weather that Montana Junes are good for. I have lived in Bozeman my entire life, and have even seen 12 inches of snow on the 4th of July. Yep, pretty much blows the enviro-wackos theory of global warming all to heck. The bad part of last nights heavy snow? A tree broke, and landed on my car:(, but good news, no damage:). Someone must have been looking out for me.

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Yeah, it's warm here in W MI too...
temp is pushing 90deg and humidity is pushing 70% - good we have the lake to 'moderate' the weather (hehe)
a buddy in the Quad Cities area said temps there are mid 90s and humidity is pushing 80%

 

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FYRBALL MT:

I work for the "utility company" I understand a lot of the Bozeman area was without power for quite some time with yesterdays storm. 4k customers in bozemans outskirts, and lots of isolated radials to individuals and groups. We were scrambling to bring in crews from around the state to help deal with it. Last week we did the same thing except sent them to Missoula.

I have a skiing and camping buddy in bozeman. I took his grandson out for a ride on a rainy day a couple of years ago, and since then I have been assisting him (in purely a technical I'll ask questions on this forum aspect) in building a, sounds like, pretty awsome YJ. I have yet to see it but if we continue to get moisture, he will probably make one of the trips this summer.

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it sure would be nice if you could send some snow to central Illinois. we have been lookin at 100 degrees for 2 or 3 days now. The kids are getting plenty of use out of the swimming pool but I want SNOW

 
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Yep, good old Montana. If you don't like the weather, stick around for 5 minutes, it's bound to change. Yea, there where a lot of power outages, but not at my house, or work. If you get to Bozeman, maybe we can get in some wheeling. My favorite place is in the Tobacco root mtn's, between Norris and Ennis. You can usually get in some snow wheeling well into June up there. Yea, pretty big scare getting up, and seeing a big tree laying across my Stealth. I was able to back out from under it, and the tree didn't even move. Talk about pure luck. Maybe I should buy some Lottery tickets.

Ray

 

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FYRBALL MT:

I also like the same area, in fact, we camp at Potossi and head over the ridge to the Mcelvy lakes. It was up there on Labor day several years ago, the road on top still had the previous winters snow on it and I decided to try it. Usualy that old snow has a soft top layer and then a harder layer under it. Not this drift, it was all hard! I made down through it, the road ends just past the drift, my wife and I hiked one of the mountians, got back, and by then I was hopeing the snow in my tire tracks would have begun to soften. No such luck, started up it and of course the snow is at a 40 degree slope, and I slid off. There was a little bit if dirt on the edge of the road, or should I say soggy mud from melting drift. The next safety below me were the scrub trees at treeline, about 1000' below. Needless to say I spent 2 hours with a shovel on that drift to make sure I stayed on the road. Fun Country!!!

We could have a good trip up there somewhere. I must confess however, I usually don't just go up there and drive back out, I usually fish or hike to relax. The 4wheeling is more the means to an end, rather than the end.



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Mcelvy lake isn't a tough trail, but unfortunatly it is about as hard as they get around Bozeman, other then Bear canyon, and right now for anything bigger then a 4 wheeler, Bear canyon is closed. This is the reason I enjoy snow wheeling so much, it makes everything a challenge. Tried to go up to Mcelvy in Dec of 1998 with a 2 other friends, both hard core deep snow wheelers. Only made it about 1/3 of the way up. It took us all day. Summertime, it takes us maybe 3 hours to get up and back, not counting highway driving, and that includes a hike over to Cliff lake. If we have a big group, it can be an all day affair. Like I said not a tough trail, last Summer, I forgot to lock my front hubs in, and still made it 1/2 way without realizing it. The 4wd road from Potosi to South meadow creek is also pretty fun, but only has 1 semi difficult bypass. Some friends and I had to prerun these trails for Divide ride 99, and in mid June, we where still running into huge snow drifts on the trails, especially the Twin lakes trail(half way up Mcelvy, take a right).

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I have been up the twin lakes road, although I have to admit I have never been up any of them in the winter. I learned a long time ago to stay away from off camber or sidehill stuff with snow, I don't think there is any off camber stuff up there except up towards the cabin maybe? Anyway, in the winter, all my free time is spent at the ski hill south of Bozeman, I seem to have some desire to spend lots of time and energy there. I hear you with the trails, one of the trails I looked forward to doing one day is the one to sunrise lake in the south Tobacco Roots, but, like everything else, the FS has closed it in the last road revision, to anything bigger than a 4wheeler. That last climb would have brought a sweat to MY brow?

On the Mcelvy lake side, there is supposadly another trail that goes up some ridge that is deemed quite difficult, As of yet, I have not found it.

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Most of the trails you talked about are closed to anything bigger then a 4 wheeler. Just went to twin lakes yesterday, was a relaxing trip, except one spot coming back down, I completly took a wrong line and almost laid my Jeep on its side. I heard that the road past twin lakes is still open to fullsizes, but since it was my first trip in almost 5 months, I decided not to risk any carnage. By the way, I got north and south meadow mixed up in my previous post. I couldn't believe that most of the snow was gone, The last 3 years we where still getting in some pretty good snow wheeling up there at this time of the year.

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Here in Colorado it was 100 one day last week and in the 90's most of the rest of the week and then it dropped down to 55 last wed and snowed all around here. think some of the higher towns actually got 6-10 inches. now its back in the upper 90's and pissing me off. what a summer, but theres still plenty of snow to block most of the trails or at least make them more fun to drive.


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