A recent snowshoe hike to YBRA

I received an email that the seismic station at camp was not sending any data and they thought there may be a power outage. Perfect excuse to snowshoe up and check it out. The weather had been so beautiful in Red Lodge lately. On the way up the trail we notice moose tracks criss crossing the road. We kept a sharp eye since there aren't any good places to hide from a mad moose. Half way up we spotted the bull moose keeping a sharp eye on us. He was laying down on the other side of Howell Gulch and seemed to be just hanging out and being amused by silly humans. As we got closer to camp we noticed mountain lion tracks! Now we became even more aware of our surroundings! We followed the tracks, which were amongst tracks of rabbits and deer. The tracks finally ended near Wasson cabin at a cluster of trees. As much as we were hoping to see the lion up one of these trees, we were also hoping he was long gone! After further investigation of the tracks,  we realized that the lion had doubled back, using his original tracks. We never did see him, but from what we have heard about mountain lions, he had certainly seen us!  

Now we're finally in camp and the wind started picking up and became very strong. Becoming concerned,  I started looking around at the buildings. I noticed that the pump house door had blown off. As I attempted to secure the door back to  building I realized that the building was actually being lifted off its footings! I loaded some large rocks in the building and used what rope and tie downs I  could find to tie  the building to near by trees. 

Now to go check the seismic station. Upon investigation I found it had power but the transmitter had failed. The end!  

I haven't been back yet to check if the pump house had survived the wind but that will be a story for another day.  

  Moose on Howell Gulch. 

  Moose on Howell Gulch. 

View from camp  road

View from camp  road

  Mountain lion  tracks

  Mountain lion  tracks

  Tied down pump house. 

  Tied down pump house. 

  View of Red Lodge from near seismic station.

  View of Red Lodge from near seismic station.