(24 June 2012)
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About This Shoot
Date: 24 June 2012
Location: Glacier National Park, Montana
Shoot Type: Landscape
This was the second day of my storm chase vacation, and since it was a down day with no storms expected, Evan, Jay, and I drove through Glacier National Park. We drove the entire stretch of the Going to the Sun Road from east to west, photographing the amazing spectacle of sharp mountain peaks, cliffs, glaciers, and countless waterfalls from the ongoing snowmelt. The highlight of this drive was witnessing a wall of snow collapse onto the road very near Logan Pass. This temporarily blocked the road until a bunch of passersby were stopped and helped clear a path. We exited the park at West Glacier then followed Hwy 2 back east toward Browning, MT where we photographed a beautiful sunset just outside of town

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24 June 2012

Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:00:27 -0600
Lost Images of 2012: -Great Sky Montana- An incredible sunset east of Glacier National Park, Montana in June 2012
June 24, 2012 with Evan Bookbinder and Jay Antle near Browning, MT after an awesome day at Glacier National Park.
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Mon, 25 Jun 2012 09:58:44 -0500
A 20-foot unstable wall of snow crashes down on the Going to the Sun Highway at Glacier, NP. It happened as we were there! Before and after images shown. June 24, 2012
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Sun, 24 Jun 2012 23:23:03 -0500
chase update 1105pm cdt. Driving back to Great Falls after an awesome day at Glacier NP. Back to storm chasing tomorrow we hope!
When we get back to the hotel in Great Falls, I will upload a few
images from today at Glacier NP, including a bizarre scene that
unfolded right in front of us along the Going to the Sun Road at
Glacier NP. There was quite a bit of snow along the road in many
places through the heart of Glacier NP where elevation rose above
6,000 feet near the Logan Pass. There was a remnant pillar of snow
right adjacent the rock face, probably up to 20 feet tall, which had a
temporary "unstable snow" sign that the park rangers put there next to
it.. as they knew that it was probably about to fall. Well, sure
enough it did... and we were there to hear it. Evan and I both have
before and after pictures of this moment. In fact, I have a picture
of Evan standing next to the sign before it fell (but not in the
direct line of the pillar of snow should it finally collapse). When
it fell, it fell directly onto the road, effectively blocking it. As
more cars approached the scene, people got out to help move big chunks
of the old snow and ice until a 4x4 vehicle was able to start a path
through to open a lane up to get through. The waterfalls all through
the park were awesome from all the snow melt that was going on. There
was one instance along the road where multiple water falls were
crashing down right on the edge of the road which provided some of the
most unusual scenes I've ever seen. All in all, this was one heck of
a fun trip through Glacier NP!!

Tomorrow, June 25 (Day Three) looks to be a chase day, but the
potential target is fairly broad at this point from southwestern
Saskatchewan down into northern Montana. More details on that
tomorrow morning.

Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:45:41 -0500
Chase Trip Day Two (6/24): Glacier National Park. Sort of blowing off chasing today, however a nice storm may form just east of Glacier NP we could catch this evening.
We are starting in Great Falls, MT and will end the day here at the same
hotel as we got another night. So, Jay (Jay is out on his own) will
join Evan and I in my Jeep and we will head to Glacier and the amazing
Going to the Sun Road. If it looks like a supercell is imminent, we'll
scrub the Going to the Sun Road and go after the storm! The RAP and the
HRRR models suggest a small storm, perhaps supercell, could form in the
Heart Butte-Browning areas right along the east edge off the mountains.