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Schweitzer Hike #407

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Schweitzer Hike #407

 

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June 20, 2011…once more back up to Schweitzer …hike #407 

It was warm and overcast…we made some adjustments on the skis and were anxious to try them out. One of the things he did was make them more slippery. HA! We are running out of snow time but since it was fairly cool during the week we headed back up to Schweitzer. Omigsoh, what a difference. So much more snow has  melted…Jim loaded the skis on his back and we walked a long way up the cat track to one of the steeper hills where there was plenty of snow. We actually tried to walk up the banks on the side of the cattrack but that didn’t work too well. When I looked at the steepness of the hill called the Great Divide, I got chicken about trying to come down it. So we decided to pass on that one and walk over to the hill up to the Stella lift and found a smaller kinder gentler hill to practice on. Jim did not have as much fun as I did because he realized that he could not walk up without sliding back…yes, he could if he put the skins on but putting them on and taking them back off was a nuisance. Also his skis went a lot faster than mine and he had the bejeezes scared out of him a few times. I got braver each time I came down…and continued to go up and ski down many times until my legs got tired and thought it best not push it. Neither of us fell.  After several hours we headed back down to the village. Took the skis off and loaded them up onto Jim’s back horizontally…I tried not to walk too close to him as he whomped me several times with the skis while turning around…see pics. Luckily the whomps were on my shoulder and not on my head! Now he is thinking of going back to use the other skis and hopefully there will still be some snow next week.

So many wildflowers again…many yellow violets, trillium, glacier lilies, and tiny white ones. Just before hitting the bottom and the village, while I was looking for more flowers, I saw a bear run up the hill…I think we startled it. Darn…I wanted a pic.

Schweitzer is getting ready for the summer season, with flower boxes loaded with young plants, getting ready to burst forth in color. The tennis courts are just about completely visible and swing sets are out for the kids and well as the climbing rock wall and bungee jumping thing. On one or two of the days they will be offering free chair lift rides to the top. All this with still 10’ of snow still up at the top.

A workman in the village asked us if we had seen the mama bear with two brand new cubs on the road on the way up…we hadn’t but were excited to see them. The guy said that they are up on the road like clockwork around 3:30 every day…we were a bit early today so didn’t get to see the young family.

Left home                    9:45

Started up                   10:20

Got to truck                 2:20   

Total miles hiked          5 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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