Ryan Jordan

Bridger Storms

The Bridger Mountains attract some crazy storms. After the jetstream settles a bit on the eastern slope of the Continental Divide, everything goes haywire in the Gallatin Valley and slams into the Bridgers. My attempts at backpacking the Bridger Crest from Flathead Pass to I-90 are filled with stories of peril.

This photo, taken a few nights ago from Chestnut Mountain, shows why. I can never decide whether a bivy sack or an assault tent is the better way to go up here.

Photo: Olympus E-P1, Voigtlander 35/1.4.