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by TomTuriano
Fri May 21, 2021 7:47 pm
Forum: ***How to Post***
Topic: Welcome!
Replies: 0
Views: 319

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting my website forum. I very much welcome posts from people interested in my books, maps, website, and the mountains of Greater Yellowstone. Please become a member using the "Register" function in the upper right on this page. I will receive an email with your registrati...
by TomTuriano
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Fremont Peak revisited...big time!
Replies: 1
Views: 17877

Re: Fremont Peak revisited...big time!

2019...I take that all back...Now feel that the party definitely tried from Indian Basin the 14th and Titcomb Basin on the 15th.
by TomTuriano
Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Praise for "Teton Pass Backcountry Guide"
Replies: 1
Views: 17587

Re: Praise for "Teton Pass Backcountry Guide"

This note from Van Andruss, author of "A Compass and a Chart: The Life of Fred Brown, Philosopher & Mountaineer," brought tears to my eyes when I received it on March 12, 2016. Fred Brown has always been an inspiration, and I never even met him: Thomas! What a great job you did with th...
by TomTuriano
Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Praise for "Teton Pass Backcountry Guide"
Replies: 1
Views: 17587

Praise for "Teton Pass Backcountry Guide"

"Thank you so much for taking the time for us to stop by and pick up the books last month. It was a pleasure meeting you after seeing your reviews in a few magazines. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading, looking and repeatedly flipping through your books. You did a great job pulling all the littl...
by TomTuriano
Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: Jackson Hole Backcountry Skier's Guide updates
Topic: Book Printing Problems
Replies: 0
Views: 21783

Book Printing Problems

I have had some books come back with binding problems and pages missing. Please contact me if your book has any problems, and I will send you a new one. tturiano@selectpeaks.com or 307-690-3296
by TomTuriano
Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:20 pm
Forum: Pre-historic and Historic Artifacts and Sites
Topic: Why an artifact/site portal?
Replies: 1
Views: 25123

Re: Why an artifact/site portal?

Archaeologists Matt Stirn and Rebecca Sgouros of the Mercill Archaeology Center in Jackson, Wyoming have created an online form where you now can upload your archaeological finds. Matt and Rebecca are a new breed of archaeologists that recognize the value of amateur participation and they are partic...
by TomTuriano
Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Praise for "Select Peaks"
Replies: 3
Views: 25607

More impetus for a second edition...

Hello Mr. Turiano, My name is Mark Davidson, and I'm just sending an email to thank you for writing Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone. I first learned of your book soon after moving to Big Sky in 2008, and friends' copies have been constant resources and inspiration for nearly every adventure I've...
by TomTuriano
Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Praise for "Select Peaks"
Replies: 3
Views: 25607

Begging for Select Peaks!

From Molly Rudolphi of Bozeman, MT: Dear Thomas, Wow- this book is amazing. It is so special. As super avid skiers, endless back country explorers, history lovin’, dirtbag Montana mountain dwellers, my boyfriend and I are obviously inclined to love what you’ve put together. However, it seems to be a...
by TomTuriano
Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Praise for Jackson Hole Backcountry Skier's Guide: South
Replies: 1
Views: 10877

Re: Praise for Jackson Hole Backcountry Skier's Guide: South

I received this fantastic letter from Nate Wescott of Alpine, WY today...Thanks Nate! Hi Tom, I wanted to let you know that I received your new book last week. I didn't realize that you had signed it, until a friend pointed it out, thank you for that bonus. For me, growing up in the Adirondacks, I h...
by TomTuriano
Tue Sep 23, 2014 6:45 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Praise for Jackson Hole Backcountry Skier's Guide: South
Replies: 1
Views: 10877

Praise for Jackson Hole Backcountry Skier's Guide: South

Hi Everyone, Here are some comments I have received about Jackson Hole Backcountry Skier's Guide: South . I am really honored...Thank you. If you would like to add a comment, please reply to this topic. "What an exceptional book! It fits the exceptional man behind it. Thank you, Tom. What an ho...
by TomTuriano
Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Pilot Peak first ascent
Replies: 0
Views: 13112

Pilot Peak first ascent

In 2012, Pat Mees found an old video in a family attic of his grandfather's 1932 first ascent of Pilot Peak. There had been only a brief mention of the climb in Bonney's Guide to Wyoming Mountains and in mountaineering literature, and certainly no details had ever surfaced about their daring climb u...
by TomTuriano
Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:15 am
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Musembeah clarified
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Views: 9302

Musembeah clarified

While climbing the mountain for the first time this weekend with Nancy Bockino, I discovered a few points that require clarification in my Musembeah section (pages 322-323). 1. Firstly, I can see why Finis Mitchell was stopped at the east summit (point 12,355) during his 1953 attempt to climb Musemb...
by TomTuriano
Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:05 am
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Granite Peak from the southwest
Replies: 2
Views: 24230

Re: Granite Peak from the southwest

Tom, I checked with Chris (wife) and neither of us recall the approach from Sky Tops lake being a big problem or particularly onerous. And I've done it twice. I remember picking my way around the lake with boulders and water but not much beyond that until on the routes. Chris said "I don't reme...
by TomTuriano
Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Granite Peak from the southwest
Replies: 2
Views: 24230

Re: Granite Peak from the southwest

Hi Tom, Great book; impressive effort. I've climbed a number of those peaks and have added a couple more since seeing a friend's and then buying my own copy. I saw in the book, and let it pass, the comments on Granite from Sky Top Lakes. Bit I just read the same on your forum. Climbing Granite from ...
by TomTuriano
Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Greater Yellowstone Mountain Adventures
Topic: Cloudveil Dome
Replies: 0
Views: 18818

Cloudveil Dome

Tom, Thanks for leading the charge up Cloudveil on Monday. That was a really great experience for me. It pushed me a bit further technically, and it further increased my comfort on the high peaks. That's my goal, and I owe you a great debt of gratitude for all of your teaching and leadership over th...
by TomTuriano
Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:51 am
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: The Tusk, Elephant Mountain
Replies: 0
Views: 8135

The Tusk, Elephant Mountain

3/1/10 email from Ryan Minton: Thought I'd drop a line and fill you in on some of our findings on Elephant Mountain in the Northern Gallatin from this past weekend. We got a wild hair on Saturday morning and decided to go investigate the skiability of The Tusk, a line which you report on in Select P...
by TomTuriano
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:01 pm
Forum: Greater Yellowstone Mountain Adventures
Topic: Shorts
Replies: 0
Views: 8460

Shorts

"As always, you led us on a memorable journey. You are a true professional and a great guy. People who have not been on a journey like this have no idea. Best of luck the rest of the year. Regards, George"
-George Arnold
by TomTuriano
Mon Jan 11, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: Greater Yellowstone Mountain Adventures
Topic: "Favourite thing to do"
Replies: 0
Views: 8273

"Favourite thing to do"

Dear Tom,

We had such an incredible time with you, thank you so much! Backcountry
skiing is my absolutely favourite thing to do and the time we spent with
you in Wyoming made the whole trip.

Best wishes and hugs,

Ginny and David
by TomTuriano
Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:24 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: New photo of Pinnacle Butte
Replies: 0
Views: 8706

New photo of Pinnacle Butte

Snapped this shot of the southeast side of Pinnacle Butte today from near the summit of Peak 10,822. With the snow on all the gentle terrain, it gives a great view of the easiest route to the top.

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by TomTuriano
Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:09 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Granite Peak from the southwest
Replies: 2
Views: 24230

Granite Peak from the southwest

I often get questions about climbing Granite Peak from the southwest, via Aero and Sky Top Lakes. I know of at least a couple parties that have tried and failed by this approach, including one of the first attempts on the mountain by Fred Inabnit. I also know of at least a couple parties who used th...
by TomTuriano
Sun Aug 23, 2009 4:18 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Trout Peak on SummitPost
Replies: 0
Views: 9309

Trout Peak on SummitPost

Trout Peak (photos by Tim Schoessler) http://www.summitpost.org/images/medium/543064.jpg http://www.summitpost.org/images/medium/543125.jpg Tim Schoessler of Powell, Wyoming sent me the following link to his superb SummitPost description and photos about Trout Peak. This is well worth a look if you ...
by TomTuriano
Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Carter Mountain visited
Replies: 0
Views: 8581

Carter Mountain visited

Finally made an attempt on Carter Mountain on July 31, 2009 with J Pattyn of Riverton. This area of the Southeast Absaroka, while generally dry, remote, and barren, is classic spectacular Absaroka terrain and well worth exploring. It consists generally of vast grassy slopes topped by other-worldy br...
by TomTuriano
Tue May 26, 2009 10:30 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Barronette Peak
Replies: 2
Views: 10304

Re: Barronette Peak

Tom - Thanks for the info on Barronette Peak - we made a successful climb last friday. We followed your description, except we parked at the bridge crossing about 1/2 mile south of where you indicated. This prevented us from having to cross Soda Butte Creek, which was flowing pretty strongly. Then w...
by TomTuriano
Wed May 13, 2009 8:28 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Barronette Peak
Replies: 2
Views: 10304

Re: Barronette Peak

My reply: The typical/easiest way up is by the south ridge...see attached map. Might be pretty technical going via the north ridge...I don't know. For the south ridge, there's a plowed pullout on the highway pretty much even with the drainage that you go up. The drainage has some tricky routefinding...
by TomTuriano
Wed May 13, 2009 8:24 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Barronette Peak
Replies: 2
Views: 10304

Barronette Peak

Received this message from Joseph Bullough: Tom - I have a copy of "Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone" and it is an outstanding book. I was wondering if you have any advice for an attempt of Barronette Peak? My wife and I will be up there over Memorial Day weekend, and if conditions are ...
by TomTuriano
Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:59 pm
Forum: Greater Yellowstone Mountain Adventures
Topic: Slide show at Backcountry Film Festival
Replies: 0
Views: 8520

Slide show at Backcountry Film Festival

Dear Tom, Thank you for volunteering to show a slideshow for the Backcountry Film Festival. The show was very impressive (I liked it better than the films!) and I have heard great things about it all week. Hopefully, we can work together again in the future. Thank you, Friends of Pathways, Wild Wyo,...
by TomTuriano
Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: Greater Yellowstone Mountain Adventures
Topic: Card from Hugh and Julie
Replies: 0
Views: 8419

Card from Hugh and Julie

Tom- Hugh and I are sending this token of appreciation for all of the backcountry experiences that you share with us. We truly appreciate all that you teach us. I, particularly, appreciate your patience with me as I learn more about technique. You are a great guide, teacher, and friend. Hugh and Jul...
by TomTuriano
Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: Greater Yellowstone Mountain Adventures
Topic: Jackson wouldn't be the same...
Replies: 0
Views: 9189

Jackson wouldn't be the same...

From Marcelo Madeiros, Sao Paolo, Brazil: Tom, We came back to Brazil and told Lucas (our eldest son that didn't go this year) all about our vacation. The part he really missed? Skiing out of bounds with you. Jackson wouldn't be the same without Tom Turiano. We will try to go this summer and will le...
by TomTuriano
Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:23 am
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Granite, Cowen, and Grand in 3 days!
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Views: 8331

Granite, Cowen, and Grand in 3 days!

On August 10-13, a crew of climbers from Montana plan to ascend Grante Peak, Mount Cowen, and the Grand Teton in three consecutive days to raise money for HIS Soup Rescue Mission in Bozeman. Brett French wrote a story for the Billings Gazette: http://billingsgazette.net/articles/2008/07/16/news/stat...
by TomTuriano
Thu May 08, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: New ski line on Sleeping Indian
Replies: 0
Views: 11334

New ski line on Sleeping Indian

Trip report by Tim Walther. Photos by Christian Beckwith and Jarad Spackman First Descent on Sleeping Indian - May 4 2008 On Sunday, May 4, 2008 Jarad Spackman, Tim Walther, Mark Tuttle and Christian Beckwith completed a probable first descent of the southwest couloir of Sleeping Indian in the Gros ...
by TomTuriano
Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:04 am
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Route refinement on Elephanthead Mountain
Replies: 1
Views: 10877

Sat image with best route

Braden Burkholder submitted this satellite image with the red line showing the best route up. This allows you to stay on the trail as long as possible, but still being able to make it up through the cliff band that circles the peak (blue).


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by TomTuriano
Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:54 am
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Route refinement on Elephanthead Mountain
Replies: 1
Views: 10877

Route refinement on Elephanthead Mountain

On 3/24/08, I received an email from Stephanie Buswell, who pointed out that there is no Class I route to the summit from the saddle east of Elephanthead Mountain as stated on page 173 of "Select Peaks." I had not visited this side of the mountain prior to the book, and only had climbed th...
by TomTuriano
Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:49 pm
Forum: Greater Yellowstone Mountain Adventures
Topic: Thanks from Ben Kleimer
Replies: 0
Views: 10289

Thanks from Ben Kleimer

Dear Tom, Thank you for a fantastic trip! You and Exum Mountain Guides took good care of me. The climbing guide was only one part of the experience for me. Your expertise in the areas beyond the climbing, geology, and the geologic and human history of the area, and hospitality showed a true professi...
by TomTuriano
Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:14 am
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Rick Reese shows brevity of Euro-American history in GY
Replies: 0
Views: 12123

Rick Reese shows brevity of Euro-American history in GY

Received this letter from Rick Reese on 9/29/07: Hi Tom, I was going back over parts of your book last week and noted your interest in William H. Jackson. I thought you might like a copy of the attached correspondence with Horace Albright. I have a great photo of Albright and Cook taken in 1922. I w...
by TomTuriano
Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:51 am
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Jamie Robertson summit panoramas
Replies: 0
Views: 10225

Jamie Robertson summit panoramas

I received this letter from Jamie Robertson on 9/26/07: Thomas- Hello! First off, i'd just like to say how much I've enjoyed my copy of Select Peaks. I've been working all over the GYE doing research the past two years and its been the tinder for a lot of memorable adventures. I've also picked up a ...
by TomTuriano
Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Lowe and Saari's "Hellmouth Couloir"
Replies: 5
Views: 36944

More on Hellmouth

I received this email from Terry Cunningham on 8/23/07: Thomas: I hope this finds you well. I am planning to hike up to Alex Lowe Peak this Saturday (my first trip since the mountain was officially named) and it occurred to me that I never fully closed the loop with you on Hellmouth Couloir. It turn...
by TomTuriano
Sat Aug 04, 2007 8:46 am
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Red Tops via Shoshone South Fork packraft
Replies: 0
Views: 9509

Red Tops via Shoshone South Fork packraft

http://www.thomasturiano.com/images/shoshonetrip001.jpg http://www.thomasturiano.com/images/shoshonetrip002.jpg http://www.thomasturiano.com/images/shoshonetrip003.jpg http://www.thomasturiano.com/images/shoshonetrip004.jpg http://www.thomasturiano.com/images/shoshonetrip005.jpg http://www.thomastu...
by TomTuriano
Thu Aug 02, 2007 11:03 am
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Revision for Ramshorn Peak, Southeast Absaroka
Replies: 0
Views: 15727

Revision for Ramshorn Peak, Southeast Absaroka

Yesterday, I climbed Ramshorn Peak after nearly 10 years since my first time up in it September of 1997. The description of the ascent of Ramshorn Peak in Select Peaks is based on my experience on the mountain in 1997, along with info from friends who climbed it in the early 2000s. I am amazed by ho...
by TomTuriano
Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:15 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Fastest Route up The Pyramid?
Replies: 0
Views: 9860

Fastest Route up The Pyramid?

Brock Anderson and a crew from Bozeman climbed The Pyramid this past weekend making a big loop from Lambert Creek Trailhead up the south ridge of The Pyramid and back via The Pyramid Mountain Trail. Here's his route up the south side of The Pyramid: http://www.thomasturiano.com/images/brockpyramidro...
by TomTuriano
Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:59 am
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Passage Creek fire effects approach to The Pyramid
Replies: 0
Views: 9705

Passage Creek fire effects approach to The Pyramid

In September of 2006, a fire started in Passage Creek and blew east over the ridge into and across Colley Creek, east to Lambert Creek, and north across Mill Creek into the vicinity of The Pyramid. Here is a link to the fire map: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/maps/full/469/3/ Apparently, that map ...
by TomTuriano
Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:26 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Nice new photos Sunlight Peak and Notch Mountain
Replies: 0
Views: 10110

Nice new photos Sunlight Peak and Notch Mountain

I took these photos yesterday from Peak 10,671 on the ridge between Red Creek and the north fork of the Shoshone River. http://www.thomasturiano.com/images/sunlightwest.jpg Silvertip Basin and the west side of Sunlight Peak http://www.thomasturiano.com/images/notch.jpg Notch Mountain, Three Knob, an...
by TomTuriano
Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:17 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: More detail on Electric Peak southeast ridge
Replies: 0
Views: 9814

More detail on Electric Peak southeast ridge

I received a nice description of the southeast ridge of Electric Peak from Rick Reese today: "As one nears the summit of Electric Peak via the southeast ridge, it does look intimidating. When the "trail" ends, the temptation is to turn left (as Irvine did) and descend a terrible coulo...
by TomTuriano
Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:05 am
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Letter from Louisa Willcox
Replies: 0
Views: 10718

Letter from Louisa Willcox

I received this great letter on 2/20/04 from Louisa Willcox: Dear Thomas, I picked up you book recently, Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone. I wanted to thank you for your very thoughtful introduction, and your emphasis on conservation of the wilderness and learning to live in the wilds of Yellowst...
by TomTuriano
Sun Mar 18, 2007 6:58 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Note from Brock Anderson
Replies: 0
Views: 10598

Note from Brock Anderson

Tom, Love your select peaks book - I picked it up when it was first published and I'm emarrassed that this is the first time I've contacted you given how great your information is! I've been to many of the MT peaks you have listed in the book and I absolutely love the area. Having grown up climbing ...
by TomTuriano
Sat Mar 17, 2007 11:48 am
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Antionette Peak
Replies: 1
Views: 10928

skiing Antoinette

Sorry Mark for the tardy reply. The Antoinette Peak area (Granite Hot Springs area) is a prime BC ski destination with tons of great long runs. Trouble is access. You need a snowmachine for winter access along the 9-mile Granite Creek Road, or a full day of kick and glide on the road. In the spring,...
by TomTuriano
Sun Oct 29, 2006 11:35 am
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Ken Koski and Mount Bonneville
Replies: 0
Views: 10124

Ken Koski and Mount Bonneville

It is October 28, 2006, and I just heard the terrible news about Ken Koski's death on Mount Bonneville. Here is the link to the news article in the Pinedale Roundup: http://www.pinedaleonline.com/news/2006/09/Searchcontinuesforma.htm Ken's family built a memorial website at: http://www.kenkoski.com/...
by TomTuriano
Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:19 am
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: More detail on Crow and Pyramid
Replies: 1
Views: 19364

Crow Mountain south ridge

On October 2, 2006, my friends Forrest and Amy McCarthy climbed Crow Mountain via its south ridge. They provided an excellent description of that side of the mountain: The ridge is most easily gained by following the left-hand option in Photo 2 above. There is an easy couloir that leads to a defined...
by TomTuriano
Wed Sep 20, 2006 8:55 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Wind River's Jackson Peak north face
Replies: 0
Views: 9840

Wind River's Jackson Peak north face

Received this email from Tom Lachmar via J Pattyn regarding conditions on the north face of Jackson Peak in the Wind River Mountains: "We successfully climbed the left ice coulior on the north face of Jackson the day after we met. The route conditions were quite a bit different than they were t...
by TomTuriano
Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:12 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Where/What is Austen Peak?
Replies: 2
Views: 12557

The Answer

To Scott and everyone else who has drooled over the same picture currently hanging at The Place in Cora, WY. The same picture used to hang at Mountain High Pizza in Jackson and I believe it used to hang at Nora's in Wilson too. Anyway, Austen Peak is the high point of the plateau along the wildernes...
by TomTuriano
Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:07 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Where/What is Austen Peak?
Replies: 2
Views: 12557

Where/What is Austen Peak?

Hi, I have received this question numerous times, but never so eloquently as from Scott Stolte today: Tom- I came across an amazing picture down in the little restaurant N. of Cora( "The Place"). The photo showed an amazing looking peak with a huge couloir off the summit. It was identified...
by TomTuriano
Mon Aug 28, 2006 5:16 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Inabnit Plaque at Snow Lake
Replies: 1
Views: 12801

Inabnit Plaque Found!!

In mid July of this year, Kim Latterell and Bob Lesher of Billings, Montana found the lost Inabnit plaque. Latterell is spearheading an effort to have the plaque reattached in a prominent place. If you are interested in assisting in this effort please contact me or Kim Latterell at klatterell@mt.gov...
by TomTuriano
Sun Aug 27, 2006 11:51 am
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: New photos of Washakie Needles
Replies: 0
Views: 11319

New photos of Washakie Needles

Hi, I went into from Rock Creek a couple weeks ago and took these shots of the summit of Washakie Needles. Thunderstorms kept us from reaching the summit. http://www.thomasturiano.com/images/washneedles2.jpg http://www.thomasturiano.com/images/washneedles1.jpg http://www.thomasturiano.com/images/was...
by TomTuriano
Sat Aug 05, 2006 12:05 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: More detail on Crow and Pyramid
Replies: 1
Views: 19364

More detail on Crow and Pyramid

On August 3 and 4, 2006, Tom Carter and I made a loop from Lambert Creek Trailhead and traversed the ridge between Crow Mountain and The Pyramid in the Western Beartooths. After years of speculating about how great these peaks are, I finally got a chance to see first hand. (See map at bottom of page...
by TomTuriano
Thu Jul 27, 2006 5:02 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Darwin Ranch approach to Doubletop
Replies: 0
Views: 11588

Darwin Ranch approach to Doubletop

On July 23-24, 2006, I climbed Doubletop and Triangle peaks from the Darwin Ranch side. I had climbed Doubletop twice before, once in April 1987 from a camp above Brewster Lake, and once in summer in one day from Dell Creek. I also climbed Triangle during that April trip. So, I was excited to explor...
by TomTuriano
Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:35 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Mount Fitzpatrick to Rock Lake Peak traverse
Replies: 0
Views: 10036

Mount Fitzpatrick to Rock Lake Peak traverse

On July 8, 2006, Amy Brennan, Derek Collins, and one other made a giant loop in Swift Creek in the Salt River Range, traversing from Mount Fitzpatrick to Rock Lake Peak. Amy Brennan told me..... "No, it was not the plan, just looked inviting...and it was a perfect day...no impending storms, etc...
by TomTuriano
Wed May 31, 2006 2:37 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Jackson Peak spring ski approach
Replies: 0
Views: 13039

Jackson Peak spring ski approach

On page 346 of Select Peaks, I described the summer and winter approach to the standard route on Jackson Peak, but neglected to describe the spring approach to skiing on the north face of Jackson Peak. The north face of Jackson Peak is a great place for spring skiing, especially for the added benefi...
by TomTuriano
Sat May 06, 2006 8:17 am
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Memories of Abiathar
Replies: 0
Views: 10079

Memories of Abiathar

Dear Tom, I spent a few seasons in YNP in the 70s, mostly as a bartender, and scrambled a lot of the peaks along the east side of the park before gravitating to the granite ranges. Abiathar was a favorite and is such a complex mountain that it's one of the few places I've been genuinely lost. A coup...
by TomTuriano
Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:14 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Wading and Wallowing to Mount Wood
Replies: 3
Views: 15019

Pics from Kris Erickson

All of theses images are from Kris Erickson. http://www.kristoffererickson.com/ http://www.thomasturiano.com/images/erickson_bile.jpg Where do all these parts go? We did put it back together and it worked. http://www.thomasturiano.com/images/erickson_wallow.jpg Wade or waller, I can't remember... lo...
by TomTuriano
Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:15 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Grand Teton east ridge skied
Replies: 0
Views: 10311

Grand Teton east ridge skied

Hans Johnstone and Rick Hunt skied the east ridge of the Grand Teton on March 24. Another new ski route on the Grand! Here's Dougald MacDonald's Climbing.com story:

http://www.climbing.com/news/hotflashes/grandeastskied/
by TomTuriano
Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:13 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Wading and Wallowing to Mount Wood
Replies: 3
Views: 15019

Stillwater Plateau?

Torsten, Why didn't you guys take the Stillwater Plateau? I guess it wouldn't have worked with the weather you had, but I have heard that the Stillwater Plateau is a cruise and easy to access by mining road from Benbow Mine. Wow....sounds like it blew the misery of Hawley Creek out of the water. I g...
by TomTuriano
Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:14 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Jackson Hole Historical Society slide show
Replies: 0
Views: 11792

Jackson Hole Historical Society slide show

Mary Berger of the Jackson Hole Historical Society sent me the following note thanking me for the slide show that I gave at the Wort Hotel on February 16, 2006: Dear Tom, Thank you so very much for the super program you did for our Mountaineering Series. You were great and your slide show was very w...
by TomTuriano
Thu Mar 16, 2006 8:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Talk to "The Hand" - North Absaroka
Replies: 0
Views: 11964

Talk to "The Hand" - North Absaroka

I received this trip report from Torsten Prahl on 3/15/06: Mission accomplished!!! People: myself, Kris Erickson, Conrad Anker, Adam Knoff, and "Bean" Bowers. Date: March 14, 2006 Route: We left the trail head the south fork of Deep Creek @ 9:00AM. We skinned up the drainage until we came ...
by TomTuriano
Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:37 pm
Forum: Greater Yellowstone Mountain Adventures
Topic: Should've spent whole trip in JH
Replies: 0
Views: 11610

Should've spent whole trip in JH

Received this from Sean O'Bierne after skiing with his party in late February 2006: Hi Tom, Just a quick line to say thanks for the 2 great mornings with you – we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Even Nick said he could get into this “uphill stuff” ! I have to say Park City and the surrounding area was a ...
by TomTuriano
Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:58 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Lowe and Saari's "Hellmouth Couloir"
Replies: 5
Views: 36944

Christenson provides details

It was the most technical mountaineering climb either of us have attempted so it is hard to relate it to anything. The couloir below the two rappels was very skiable, I would estimate the average slope to be about 45 degrees. There is a choke on the skiers left of the chock stone, which is just over...
by TomTuriano
Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:54 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Lowe and Saari's "Hellmouth Couloir"
Replies: 5
Views: 36944

Cunningham questions Christenson

Kyle: Thomas Turiano forwarded your e-mail and web link to me. Congratulations on the ski descent! I was involved with the mountain-naming process of Alex Lowe Peak, so I have a real interest in the subject. I was able to uncover VERY little information from Alex and Hans about their descent of Hell...
by TomTuriano
Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:41 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Lowe and Saari's "Hellmouth Couloir"
Replies: 5
Views: 36944

Hellmouth Couloir revisited

Inspired by the recent naming of Alex Lowe Peak, and the history of Lowe and Saari's "Hellmouth Couloir" above, Kyle Christenson and Patrick Lawrence of Bozeman recently trekked up South Cottonwood Creek to make the probable second descent of "Hellmouth Couloir" on January 29, 20...
by TomTuriano
Thu Feb 09, 2006 9:08 pm
Forum: Greater Yellowstone Mountain Adventures
Topic: Great day off the tram
Replies: 0
Views: 11582

Great day off the tram

I just wanted to say again how much we enjoyed skiing with you on Thursday. It was the highlight of what was a fantastic vacation. It was a very lucky day for me—both because the conditions and skiing were terrific but also getting to meet you.

Douglas P. Ley
Ross, CA
by TomTuriano
Thu Jan 12, 2006 8:43 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Earliest Beehive Ascent
Replies: 1
Views: 12426

From Walkin' Jim Stoltz...

Hello Thomas - Yes, it was an interesting story. I've been up Beehive many times, but one time in '83 or '84 a friend and I were sitting on the peak and enjoying the view (and reading the register). I was poking at the rocks I was sitting on and uncovered a little metal aspirin box, all rusted and w...
by TomTuriano
Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:09 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Earliest Beehive Ascent
Replies: 1
Views: 12426

Earliest Beehive Ascent

Phil Knight of Bozeman mentioned that when he climbed Beehive Peak years ago, he noticed a small cannister (found on the summit sometime in the 1950s by Walkin Jim Stoltz, who placed the cannister into the main summit register cannister) containing the names of a party that had climbed Beehive Peak ...
by TomTuriano
Sat Jan 07, 2006 5:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Granite Peak summit rocks
Replies: 3
Views: 14747

Hi Tom: Regarding the apparent lack of a Koch summit photo, yeah, that's what I think now, too. (Close enough, though. I don't want to be picky -- it's obvious his team was up there!) I believe the thing that got me curious about the whole matter was the lack of any mention of a flat, perched summit...
by TomTuriano
Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:10 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Granite Peak summit rocks
Replies: 3
Views: 14747

Summit Rocks Deciphered

Tom: Thanks a bunch for the reply and for sending those priceless Koch expedition photos. That was quite a nice gesture, and it really resolved the question I had as to the condition of the summit. After comparing the picture you sent of Koch with the flag, reading your note, and scrolling through a...
by TomTuriano
Thu Jan 05, 2006 8:45 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Praise for "Select Peaks"
Replies: 3
Views: 25607

Select Peaks Intro

Hi Thomas, I just read the excellent intro to Peaks. Well put. We sure need places like this with some actual howling, dangerous, unpredictable, untamed nature to keep us in our place and remind us where we came from. In 1991 my wife and I spent the summer on foot circling the "core" of Gr...
by TomTuriano
Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:43 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Granite Peak summit rocks
Replies: 3
Views: 14747

Trundled summits

Hi Tim, That's great you climbed with Charlie....he is something else...super strong. Teaches my daughter at Journeys School. I think the summit is the same now as it was then in 1923, except that I bet a bunch of summit boulders have been trundled off the north face, which is why the summit is so b...
by TomTuriano
Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:40 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Granite Peak summit rocks
Replies: 3
Views: 14747

Granite Peak summit rocks

I received this email from Tim Townsend on 1/4/06: Tom: With some help from your outstanding Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone book, we had a great Granite Pk climb this past summer summitted 8/22/05). We did the climb with a Jackson friend, Charlie Gorski, who is cut from the same tough cloth you...
by TomTuriano
Thu Dec 08, 2005 5:43 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Musembeah and Petroleum peaks
Replies: 0
Views: 10744

Musembeah and Petroleum peaks

Contrary to what is written on page 323 of Select Peaks about the USBGN mistakenly naming today's Musembeah with the name Petroleum Peak, Paul Horton recently visited the USBGN in Washington D.C. and found out what really happened.

More on this later....
by TomTuriano
Thu Dec 08, 2005 5:05 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: First clue on Antoinette name and new photos
Replies: 1
Views: 12738

The truth about Antoinette

Painstaking mountaineering researcher Paul Horton just returned from Washington D.C., where he spent three days perusing the archives of the US Board on Geographic Names. In the Antoinette Peak file, he found these two letters addressed to the USBGN from William A. Hoesch, mailed from 652 Dewey, Bou...
by TomTuriano
Mon Nov 21, 2005 10:09 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Big Creek to Dead Indian Peak
Replies: 0
Views: 11633

Big Creek to Dead Indian Peak

Hi, I learned about a legal way to approach Dead Indian Peak from Big Creek, a tributary of the Shoshone North Fork. Sean Sheehan provided the information. Sean owns and operates "Wyoming Nature Tours" out of Cody and lives up in the South Fork. Apparently, there is a legal access across f...
by TomTuriano
Mon Nov 21, 2005 9:48 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Mulkey in the Absaroka
Replies: 0
Views: 10227

Mulkey in the Absaroka

Met Aaron Mulkey this past week when I was in Cody. Mulkey is father of two, and owner of Core Mountain Sports in Cody, a climbing gym, gear shop, book shop, beta barn, and base of operations for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides' Cody operations. Mulkey is a highly skilled ice climber and kayaker with i...
by TomTuriano
Fri Oct 28, 2005 9:51 am
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Perfunctory Review
Replies: 1
Views: 16570

book/boots

Thank you very much Mark! I think the Mega Rides are great. I work as a ski guide at JH ski area and use them every day both in-bounds and out. I don't use them much in the real backcountry unless I know I'm going to be skiing something firm and steep. The reason is because I like to have a flexible...
by TomTuriano
Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: Greater Yellowstone Mountain Adventures
Topic: Letter from Lyles Glenn
Replies: 0
Views: 11865

Letter from Lyles Glenn

Hey, Tom: What a great surprise when I checked email this morning. Thanks very much for these terrific photos. I really appreciate you taking them, as well as sending them to me as you have. Not only will I enjoy them frequently, reminding me of great hikes and incredible country, they will effectiv...
by TomTuriano
Thu Oct 13, 2005 9:03 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: "Cathedral Spire" in Absaroka
Replies: 1
Views: 12216

Possible early ascents

Since I posted the above report, a couple people have chimed in with ideas about who might have done the first ascent of Cathedral Spire and built the cairn that we found: The first suggestion was Allen Steck, who is mentioned in Bonney Guide as having done the first ascent of nearby Boedeker Butte....
by TomTuriano
Sat Oct 01, 2005 10:01 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Greysalt Mountain
Replies: 0
Views: 10240

Greysalt Mountain

I went down to the southern Salts today to climb Greysalt Mountain, which is mentioned in Select Peaks on pages 368 and 465. It is the fourth highest peak in the Salt River Range. Funny, I got it right in Select Peaks....as far as which peak Greysalt is.....but today, I simply forgot. I did not read...
by TomTuriano
Thu Sep 29, 2005 9:42 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Bozeman Daily Chronicle article
Replies: 0
Views: 13137

Bozeman Daily Chronicle article

Ben Pierce wrote a nice article about me and Select Peaks in the 9/29/05 issue of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle: The following link may work. It is an online version of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and appears as the article did on the printed page. It also clickable headlines, but much of the text is ...
by TomTuriano
Thu Sep 29, 2005 9:23 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Dickinson Park closed?
Replies: 0
Views: 10639

Dickinson Park closed?

I heard recently that the Dickinson Park road into the Wind River Mountains has been closed because of a property dispute with the Wind River Indian Reservation. This trailhead provides access to Bears Ears Trail, Valentine Lake trail, and Popo Agie north fork trail.....to peaks such as Lizard Head ...
by TomTuriano
Tue Sep 27, 2005 11:17 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: "Cathedral Spire" in Absaroka
Replies: 1
Views: 12216

"Cathedral Spire" in Absaroka

On September 27, 2005, Stephen Koch, Wesley Bunch, and I drove over Togwotee Pass and north of Dubois to climb Cathedral Spire (11,080+ feet) on the ridge between Horse and Twilight creeks. I had spotted the peak several years ago during a climb of Raggedtop Mountain and hoped to give it a try somed...
by TomTuriano
Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:37 am
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Body of Gary Cole found on Denali
Replies: 0
Views: 10423

Body of Gary Cole found on Denali

(this post was originally posted in late June of 2004, but was accidentally deleted) The body of Greater Yellowstone climber Gary Cole was found on Denali. Here's the Park Service body recovery report: On Friday, June 25th, a climbing party discovered the well-preserved body of a deceased climber at...
by TomTuriano
Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:24 am
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Gros Peak ski
Replies: 4
Views: 16938

New Pic of Gros

Hi, I took this shot late this summer (2005) of the northeast side of Gros Peak from Peak 10,840 (on triple divide between Granite, Bunker, and Mesa/Box creeks). It shows some of the skiing options on that side.

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by TomTuriano
Sun Sep 18, 2005 8:25 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: "Alex Lowe Peak" officially christened
Replies: 0
Views: 12388

"Alex Lowe Peak" officially christened

Thomas: It's official. We received word that the name's been approved. I've attached a press release that was sent out. Thanks for all of your help on this project. Had it not been for "Select Peaks of the Greater Yellowstone," I never would have stumbled into the link between Alex and 10,...
by TomTuriano
Fri Sep 09, 2005 9:24 am
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: A forgotten thirteener
Replies: 0
Views: 10790

A forgotten thirteener

I received the following email from Paul Horton on 9/9/05: Tom, I happened to remember that in your Francs Peak section you mention that it is one of only 3 peaks in the northern Rockies over 13,000 feet outside of the Winds. I assume the other two would be the Grand and Cloud Peak. I was over in th...
by TomTuriano
Thu Sep 08, 2005 7:50 am
Forum: Greater Yellowstone Mountain Adventures
Topic: Letters from Mike Kowalski
Replies: 1
Views: 13713

Letter to Exum

Mike Kowalski sent this letter to Exum: My daughters and I climbed with Tom Turiano on August 11, 2005, and I had to write to tell you how GREAT of a day we had. The day of climbing that we experienced with Tom exceeded our expectations by so much I cannot express it in words, the smiles on all of o...
by TomTuriano
Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:00 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Four Select Peak Trip Reports
Replies: 1
Views: 11720

Thanks!!

Hi Tom,

Thanks so much for the kind comments about "Select Peaks" as well as your great trip reports on Lone, Monument, Hoback, and Leidy.

I really enjoy reading about others' experiences in the hills around here...great to hear other perspectives. Please keep them coming!

Thomas Turiano
by TomTuriano
Sat Aug 20, 2005 7:09 pm
Forum: Greater Yellowstone Mountain Adventures
Topic: Letters from Mike Kowalski
Replies: 1
Views: 13713

Letters from Mike Kowalski

Received this nice letter from Mike Kowalski of New Jersey: Tom, I would like to thank you very much for the best day of climbing that the girls and I have ever had. Our experience with you and the folks at Exum was so much better than I had expected it to be. You were an excellent guide, you got us...
by TomTuriano
Thu Aug 04, 2005 5:09 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Publishing
Topic: Letter from Ric Samulski
Replies: 0
Views: 12852

Letter from Ric Samulski

Mr. Turiano, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy having your "Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone" on our reference shelf in our summer home in Pinedale. Your research is monumental and you deserve to be congratulated. My wife and myself, like so many others, have had a life-long lov...
by TomTuriano
Thu Jul 28, 2005 2:26 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Two Sisters
Replies: 2
Views: 13409

Hawley Creek

Torsten,

Are you implying that Flood Creek was worse bushwhacking than Hawley Creek?....remembering that we were skiing up Hawley Creek.

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by TomTuriano
Tue Jul 26, 2005 10:11 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Turret to Sylvan traverse
Replies: 0
Views: 18625

Turret to Sylvan traverse

During July 22-26, 2005, Joe Hartney, Jeff Burke, and I had a marvelous trip to the southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park. Our primary goal was to climb Watchtower, a lower sister spire of Turret Mountain, located on the southwest side of Table Mountain. We also wanted to climb Turret Mounta...
by TomTuriano
Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:02 pm
Forum: Select Peaks Updates
Topic: Lowe and Saari's "Hellmouth Couloir"
Replies: 5
Views: 36944

Lowe and Saari's "Hellmouth Couloir"

Before Hans Saari died in a ski mountaineering accident on May 7, 2001 in the Alps, he mentioned to me that he and Alex Lowe had skied a very steep and exciting couloir on Peak 10,031 (1988 Mount Blackmore quadrangle) in the northern Gallatin Range. This rugged volcanic peak sits between the forks o...
by TomTuriano
Sun Jul 03, 2005 6:36 am
Forum: Greater Yellowstone Mountain Adventures
Topic: Letter from Ed Muller
Replies: 0
Views: 12549

Letter from Ed Muller

Received this on 7/1/05 from Ed Muller: Hi Tom, You most likely don't remember me, but I just wanted to drop a line and say congrats on the nice feature article about you in that Backcountry ski mag this winter. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing you get some kudo's as a most deserving top notch guide and ...
by TomTuriano
Sun Jun 26, 2005 3:43 pm
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Younts Peak and Yellowstone River
Replies: 0
Views: 26653

Younts Peak and Yellowstone River

Over the past week (June 20-24, 2005), Forrest McCarthy and I climbed Younts Peak from Turpin Meadow, and then floated in Alpacka Rafts from as high up as we could in the Yellowstone River. On June 20, we left Turpin Meadow at around 10:30am and hiked up Soda Fork of Buffalo River to Crater Lake, hi...
by TomTuriano
Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:00 am
Forum: Trip Reports, News, and Mountain Conditions
Topic: Black Mountain north face
Replies: 0
Views: 12114

Black Mountain north face

Received this report from Bobby Downs of a descent of the north face of Black Mountain in the Western Beartooths: I wanted to send you a shout and ask you a question about Black Mountain in the Absaroka Range (Western Beartooth). In Select Peaks you mentioned that Saari and Lowe climbed the line ski...