@planomateo have you ever read anything by Andy Russell? 1915-2005, was a guide to many outdoors magazine guys and started writing articles and graduated to books in the late 60's, I believe. This book is from '71, found it at my folks and thought it looked interesting. It's an outstanding book, he's a very good writer and passes along some great stories from his life in the Canadian and U.S. Rockies. I thought about your neck of the woods as I was reading it.
@It Takes Eleven I've been itching to get up to Canada to see the area just north of me, but COVID-19 has blocked me.
I haven't read anything from him, but will be on the lookout.
The more I'm up here, the more I realize I should have moved up here years ago.
Seems every weekend were on a trip somewhere, getting to explore the state. I love taking different routes to the same place and getting to see new areas. Saturday we were driving on the freeway just west of Butte and spotted a moose less than 100' from the freeway.
I'm trying to get my mom up here full time, she's not a fan of the cold.
Thought I'd share a photo of what the roads are like where I live. I drive about 5 miles of dirt road to each way. When the temperatures rise above freezing and melt the snow, then freeze at night, we get icy roads.
Last year I drove this with non winter tires. This year I got studded snow tires and it's a huge difference.
Haven't needed chains yet, but have some in the back just in case, along with a snow shovel, tracks, and a bucket of sand.
On the steep road near the house, I put down a single line of sand to give some traction on the way down the hill. It's a 7% grade and probably 100' in elevation. Makes the drive down more predictable.
If you look close enough, you'll see chain marks in the ice.
I'm like your mom - not a fan of the cold. But it sure is beautiful country to look at. Living off the grid becomes more appealing the older I get. At the same time it becomes less likely logistically speaking. Kids, grandkids, comfort, access to healthcare (not that I need that...yet). It's a lot to coordinate. Kudos to you.