|Looking down valley from the Soda Springs Creek Ridge|
The first backpacking trip of the year is inevitably a shakeout: a trip where I remember all of the finer points of romping through the backcountry and whip my body into shape for carrying a heavy pack for lots of miles.
|The magnificent Bare Peaks ridge|
|One of the Soda Springs Peaks (front) and Mount Jerusalem (back)|
Yes, Soda Springs was a shakeout trip. My pack was heavier than it needed to be with lots of extra food and too much warm clothing, we didn't carry enough fuel for the conditions, and the route, while worthwhile, would probably be at its best broken into a few shorter trips and avoiding the decommissioned trail that follows Soda Springs Creek. I feel all shaken out.
But...it was awesome to get out and see new terrain. The Bitterroot Valley is really mind blowing in its variety and quantity of stellar places. I will try to head back to the Boulder Peak area (part of our proposed route) this summer.
|The Bear Grass is in full bloom|
|Heading up the ridge|
|Crossing Soda Springs Creek in my fabulous handmade & lightweight sandals. We will be posting on how to make these soon.|