Peak 10602, Beehive Basin, MT

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Beehive Basin Recon Day

April 30, 2013

Destination: Peak 10602 – Near Honeycomb Peak
Elevation Gain/Loss: +/-2880 ft
Distance: 8.5 miles
Time: 5.5 hours
USGS Quads: Lone Mountain

Solid day in Beehive Basin, our local backcountry playground. After getting booted up at the trailhead, Jeremy and I realized that we had forgotten sunglasses. We sped down icy roads to get the necessary gear and finally got on the trail – a late start.

After a long slog over frosting covered frozen salsa on the Beehive Super Highway, we saw our destination, Beehive Cirque – a place with lots of beautiful lines.

Beehive Basin
Beehive Basin

Addison finally caught up to us around the Beehive Saddle, when we transitioned to boot crampons for a steep skin.

Beehive Saddle
Beehive Saddle

We had some great views of the west face of Gallatin Peak. Looks a bit thinner than we had expected. Wondering what the north face looks like… That’s on the agenda for next week.

Gallatin Peak
Gallatin Peak

Views were spectacular. It’s always a pleasure to see our in-bounds (currently closed) playground – Lone Peak Mountain Resort.

Lone Peak
Lone Peak

Jeremy getting ready to set a booter up the last few hundred feet.

Boot Pack Transition
Boot Pack Transition

A nice view down the mellow valleys of Beehive – miles of rolling, playful, terrain. It’s always a journey to get into Beehive, but the options are countless. This shot is roughly 2500 feet above the parking lot.

Beehive Basin
Beehive Basin

Addison and Jeremy at 10602.

Happy Hikers
Happy Hikers

We opted against the Beehive Ridge attempt today. At 2pm with dark clouds in the distance, we’ll try again another day.

Beehive Peak Ride
Beehive Peak Ride

We did have some great views of other objectives like Fan and Sphinx and the Taylor Hilgards.

Fan Mountain
Fan Mountain
Sphinx
Sphinx

Our lovely line, the Chunder Couloir. It was chundertastic. Watch out. It was a fun little game to avoid the death cookies.

Chunder Couloir
Chunder Couloir

Another potential line, will need to rappel into this one.

Future Line?
Future Line?

Note the chunder. It’s a Beehive splitboarding party.

Splitboarding
Splitboarding

 

Jeremy ripping turns.

Jeremy
Jeremy

The exit out.

Party Ski
Party Ski

More party splitboarding…

Party Ski
Party Ski

Another cool line someday???

Future Line?
Future Line?

Overall fun day on a partly sunny/mostly cloudy/slightly warm day. Good recon and fun adventure. Tomorrow somewhere else…