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Schweitzer, hike #400

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Schweitzer, hike #400

 

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May 2, 2011…Back to Schweitzer…hike # 400

Being between seasons, we went back and forth as to what to do today…weather was overcast with 70% chance of rain. Not much wind. With precip in the forecast, we decided to just go back up to Schweitzer and maybe have another nice snow storm. As tough as the snow was last week to walk in, we wanted to go back over to the other side of the mountain to the Nordic trails. The village of course was deserted and was so nice and quiet.          

Up the cattrack to Stella 6-pak lift where we found a work crew having lunch…guess they were working on the lift. So much snow. In spite of the overcast skies, we were able to see all the mountains over in the Selkirk and Cabinet ranges. Today was so different from two weeks ago when we did this same hike in the blizzard but the peace and quiet was still there. Headed down the steep run to the turnoff for Wolf Ridge. Took lots of pics of the mountains and I was so glad we could see them on this overcast day.

The snow was now getting very difficult to walk in and my heels and ankles were feeling the effects of all the twisting and turning in the slippery ‘mashed potatoes with butter’ snow. I could feel a sore spot rubbing on the left inside heel and was hoping I would make it. But I got no sympathy.

Luckily we were spared the rain, and Jim was grateful since he left his rain gear at home! No snow and not cold…it was a good day and I had on all the perfect clothes for it. I never overheated nor froze! That always makes for a good day! This was our 400th hike!

Left home                    10:00

Started up                   10:50

Got to truck                 2:50 

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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