Congratulations for tackling such an extensive adventure at 8100'!
Your Wyoming hikes bring back memories for me too; my sister used to live in Bozeman and I used to visit frequently for adventures in West Yellowstone, Grand Targhee, or Jackson Hole. Beautiful country; thanks for the pictures.
I have another college friend who taught at Montana State for 30 or or years. He did that with wife and then they moved back to NH. As much as I admire the West I couldn't live there.
But I have to get back to that cabin!
Ha ha! Couldn't live there? Either could I. I like the diversity, adventure, and multitude of choices of living in a big city. For instance, I have over 100 golf courses I can reach on transit, some very posh. In Bozeman maybe 5 dried-out courses...and I'd have to have a car.
But my nephew just moved his family to Billings from Chicago so he can mountain bike from the front door and ski in the winter. His wife got a job, but he hasn't so far...staying at home and caring for his twin 1-yr old daughters. Different strokes for different folks. But from conversations, I think it is their form of ethnic cleansing.