Montana Outdoors

August 10, 2010

Thompson Peak (6)

To those who travel the mountain trails on foot there are many rewards, but I think none are as rich as the scenes from the mountain tops. They are a bit like the frosting on a cake. Here are some from the top of Thompson Peak at 7,460 feet.

From the top of Thompson Peak

From the top of Thompson Peak

From the top of Thompson Peak

In the following photo the remains of the footings for the old lookout tower can be seen as well as a little other debris.

From the top of Thompson Peak

From the top of Thompson Peak

From the top of Thompson Peak

From the top of Thompson Peak

From the top of Thompson Peak

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  1. Miles and miles of beauty. I’m afraid if I every got to the top I’d never want to leave! You’ve done a good job capturing the view.

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    Comment by Robin — August 11, 2010 @ 5:54 am

    • Not wanting to leave is a feeling I always have when it’s time to leave the top of a mountain. I know however, I may be back, and if not, then there will be other mountain peaks; lots of them.

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      Comment by montucky — August 11, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

  2. The top of the world in the Big Sky country! I am jealous. Hey, have you read Ivan Doig?

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    Comment by sandy — August 11, 2010 @ 6:11 am

    • It’s great to be there, Sandy! I highly recommend it! No, I haven’t heard of Doig. I will have to investigate.

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      Comment by montucky — August 11, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

  3. Mountain tops are, for me, what it’s all about. I think Ivan Doig captured the essence of Montana well when he named his memoir “This House of Sky.” It certainly feels that way from the summit of a mountain.

    Malcolm

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    Comment by knightofswords — August 11, 2010 @ 7:43 am

    • Once you have visited a few, it gets into the blood, eh Malcolm? I will have to check out some of Doig’s books.

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      Comment by montucky — August 11, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

  4. You were justly rewarded and so are we! Still looks dry out your way.

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    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — August 11, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    • It’s very dry here now. We had a little rain yesterday but not nearly enough. I think the next good amount of precipitation will be the white kind.

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      Comment by montucky — August 11, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

  5. […] To those who travel the mountain trails on foot there are many rewards, but I think none are as rich as the scenes from the mountain tops. They are a bit like the frosting on a cake. Here are some from the top of Thompson Peak at 7,460 feet. In the following photo the remains of the footings for the old lookout tower can be seen as well as a little other debris. … Read More […]

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    Pingback by Thompson Peak (6) (via Montana Outdoors) « Song of the Wolf — August 11, 2010 @ 10:21 am

  6. GORGEOUS & BEAUTIFUL & I sooo wanna go & see for myself! Man oh man!
    That sky is AMAZING!

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    Comment by Tricia — August 11, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    • I hope you do get a chance some time. Visiting a mountain top in a wilderness or a roadless area can provide a new perspective.

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      Comment by montucky — August 11, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

  7. sorry bout all the exclamation points that I use, but I sincerely love it out west & especially Montana & Wyoming – I tend to get excited seeing your photos! LoL!

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    Comment by Tricia — August 11, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    • Tricia, I’m glad you enjoy it. I have been in love with these mountains all of my life.

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      Comment by montucky — August 11, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

  8. Those are wonderful photos of the mountains and vistas! Thanks for sharing the beauty!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — August 11, 2010 @ 2:13 pm

    • Thank you! I love to be out there and my photos, I think, let the country speak for itself.

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      Comment by montucky — August 11, 2010 @ 10:01 pm

  9. I’ve never really been mountain hiking. but my husband has taken several youth groups on guide-led wilderness treks. the goal is to get to the summit. on the few trips where they are unable to reach the top, he talks about the disappointment and even though there are lessons to learn from that, it is a bit like having the cake w/o the frosting….

    beautiful views! definitely shows the highlight of such a trip

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    Comment by silken — August 11, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    • The mountain tops are certainly the highlight of these trips, but I also enjoy just being out there, away from the cities and the roads and all of the “civilized” things.

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      Comment by montucky — August 11, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

  10. So beautiful. I like the last photo the best of this set.

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    Comment by kateri — August 11, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    • I also like that one the best. The tall mountain in the center of the photo is 10 miles away, and my house is another ten miles past it. This is my home.

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      Comment by montucky — August 11, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

  11. Your head is in the clouds up there. What a reward!

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    Comment by Candace — August 11, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

    • Sometimes, especially in the fall, you can be above the clouds, which is a remarkable experience. I hope to be able to photograph that this fall.

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      Comment by montucky — August 12, 2010 @ 8:46 am

  12. Breathtaking… Wonder what the purple flowers are in the last two pictures?

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    Comment by Barbara — August 12, 2010 @ 5:16 am

    • They are the Shrubby Penstemons, (Penstemon fruticosus).They love the open areas on the mountain tops.

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      Comment by montucky — August 12, 2010 @ 8:48 am

  13. I recall that when asked why he climbed Everest, Mallory said, “Because it’s there.”

    For me, the answer would be, “Because of what you can see from the top.”

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — August 12, 2010 @ 9:36 am

    • That’s usually a highlight of a trip. My reason begins about a mile up the trail from the trail head.

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      Comment by montucky — August 12, 2010 @ 11:13 pm

  14. What a beautiful place. At first it made me think of the novel “Heidi” 🙂 You are very lucky to live in such amazing surroundings!

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    Comment by Camilla — August 13, 2010 @ 1:05 am

    • Very lucky! I was thinking just that today on another mountain that I visited for the first time.

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      Comment by montucky — August 13, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

  15. Breathtaking and the skies are so beautiful. I especially like the 6th photo with the cloud shadows across the landscape and the trails.

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    Comment by Anna — August 13, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    • There is always something beautiful in the back country. Anna. I’ve been trying to visit new areas this summer and plan for a lot more next year.

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      Comment by montucky — August 13, 2010 @ 9:09 pm


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