June 14, 2012- Chris Spurgeon’s Day

June 19, 2012 at 10:19 | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I made the annual trek to Lolo Peak on June 14th, the anniversary of Chris Spurgeon’s death in the Lantern Lake Couloir. Chris was a quiet, unassuming and dedicated outdoorsman and he will always be missed by his good friends and family. Blake and I left the trailhead at 7:30 and Mike caught up to us when we were just done transitioning to boots at 7,500′ onto the summer snow. We made the trip to the skier summit in about three hours total and relaxed there for awhile seeing lady bug gatherings, some flowering alpine plants and descending to the NW for a overlook to Lantern Lake. Blake and I carried on to the true summit of the Peak and skied a nice line east down to Reed Lake. We camped out on a grassy spot for about an hour before reascending to the skier’s summit, where we regrouped with Mike and Ian for the return to Carlton Lake the ridge and the descent into the lost woods. After finding shoes and everybody again we set off for the trailhead where we joined Chris’ family for some beers and hot dogs over the fire. Another great day in the Western Montana Backcountry skiing in shorts. I tried to use this day again  as another reminder to live life fully, give everything I have every day, and reach out with positivity to loved ones and family. In the end people are the important connection points in this world always enhancing and sharing the experiences of the day with us as we cruise through this brief life stuck in our bodies.

Chris Skiing Sugarloaf Peak

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. Chris has some amazing friends. It was a beautiful day….always good to be up at the trailhead. I miss him deeply.

    • Let us keep remembering Chris as he was as we age.

  2. Good people remembering a good person in a great way…awesome…thank you for sharing….


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