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Schweitzer Nordics, 32 and snow

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Schweitzer Nordics, 32 and snow

Hike #394

 

32°   snow  

Mar 7, 2011…Nordics…hike # 394

Got a bit of a late start so didn’t do above the firehouse. Parked up top and the village was all but empty...quite a contrast from last week. The sun was kind of shining but it wasn’t long before snow began to fall. The only wind was a light breeze. Took the snowshoe trail through the trails and shortcutted down to the trails. Checked for tracks over “Steve’s Creek” but there was so much snow and no tracks. The steep climb up to Picnic Point is always a workout…and I had too many layers on so tried to walk slower so as to not get too overheated. Hate that. Hade to unzip a few things and I put on the light precip only to have to change to heavy duty one after getting pretty wet from the falling snow. Had mango and hot chocolate at the shed. So much snow. The inches of snow that has fallen this year is now at 295”…and after this new predicted double storm in a few days, it will be well over 300”..YAY!  Packed base at the top is 135” middle level is 114” and the village is 84”. (Season snowfall now as I write has reached 304”)

We took a different trail to the ungroomed Boomerang cut off trail this time and from there we just cut straight up the steep side of the mountain and ‘snowwhacked’ to Cloudwalker. Ate lunch up there at the ‘lunch tree.’ All pretty routine and boring for most of you to read about. Headed back to village and people watched for a while though there were probably only a handful. Nothing interesting.

Left home              10:25

Started up             11:00

Got to truck          3:00

Total miles hiked    7 miles        

Total hiking time    4 hours

 

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Betsy Fulling Betsy Fulling In 2002, after a bout with cancer and wanting her energy back, Betsy Fulling began hiking with her husband Jim. Regardless of the weather they go into the high country every week - in eight years, she has only missed five times.

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hiking, Picnic Point, Boomerang, Schweitzer Nordics, Cloudwalker Trail, Steve's Creek

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