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Dec 08

Lysander Spooner University Planning New Glacier Photography Dates

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After the success of our September 2015 Glacier Research trip, we are planning new glacier photography field trips in the northern Rockies.

Many people do not realize that there are hundreds of glaciers in the Rocky Mountains around Livingston, Montana.

Here is a website detailing the numbers of glaciers and perennial snowfields in the Crazy, Beartooth and Absaroka Mountain ranges. There are 57 glaciers and perennial snowfields in the Crazy Mountains, and 401 glaciers or perennial snowfields in the Beartooth and Absaroka mountain ranges (about 35% of the total number in Montana).

Some of these glaciers are within 30 miles of Livingston, Montana.

We are seeking to coordinate glacier-hunting trips on the following dates:

December 26, 2015: The day after Christmas and the first Saturday after the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. We will meet in front of the Coffee Crossing coffeehouse in Livingston at 9:00 a.m. and embark for the local Crazy Mountains by 9:35 a.m. Bring cross-country skis, snowshoes and/or snowmobiles and dress for freezing (Everest level) conditions. If there is sufficient interest, we may snowcamp overnight.

Then, on Saturday May21, 2016, just before the average date of last spring frost in Livingston, Montana, we will meet in front of the MT Cup Coffee Shop (around the corner from the Coffee Crossing) at 8:30 a.m. and embark around 9:00 a.m. for further glacier hunting. This will be an overnight backpacking trip.

We are also aiming to add a glacier-hunting trip in the Beartooth Mountains on July 16, 2016, just after the average date of last Spring frost in Cooke City, Montana. (We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Cooke City visitors center and museum and embark around 8:30.)

Check out any zip code on this website, which tells you the average date of first freeze and last freeze for the location.