With the heat as high as it has been, I have been mostly inspired to hit the river and cool down. I started easily with a Blackfoot float a couple weekends ago and I had never seen the river in such a party. There were hundreds of tubers, floaters and revelers and someone from FWP counting us all at the Whittaker Bridge. I had a bunch of teens along and they swapped into the two kayaks while I rowed and others tubed.
I took my daughter up to the West Fork with another friend for an eight mile stretch a few days later and then more than a week ago, we embarked on the Gorge for her first timer's run in the kayak. She nailed all the lines, never flipped, and came into the eddies grinning her big smile. She loves the water.
On the way home from Missoula, I took a turn in Brennan's Wave and it was running at a nice flow for the middle channel. I wore myself out spinning and flipping in the coolness that the mountain water always brings.
Soccer took over some and I found some time for a few rock climbing half days at Kootenai Canyon and then Lost Horse. I enjoyed getting back into lead climbing and worked a few harder routes on top rope, at outer most limits, and town pump in Kootenai Canyon and Crazy Horse at Lost Horse which I was almost able to pull the upper crux finger crack moves.....next time. We had some of the teens along on a couple of the climbing days as we tried to hone them for entry into the UM. They went back to school the other day.
The last day after our layover at Marten Creek, we ran into a few dead spawned out Salmon and a forest fire burning down almost to the shore. It produced some thick smoke right on the water for a few yards and made for quite the wild look. There was plenty of Berry scats out there but all dried out and left for us to wonder at before jumping for cover from the rattlers which are thick along that river trails. We saw three in the one day of hiking we did. Best to paddle the water! We launched at .8 ft and the river must have come down while we were on it. Selway Falls looked runnable....but for a day with good safety set up.