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Schweitzer Nordics #433

 

 

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Dec 19, 2011…Schweitzer Nordics…hike # 433    

It was cold and foggy when we left home and up at Schweitzer as well but it was so nice not to have any wind. The village was very crowded with skiers and even lots of little ones having lessons. Gosh, they are so tiny! It is Christmas week and the big tree was up, decorations everywhere and some Christmas music but not a lot. They always seem to play the weirdest music on the loud speakers up there.

I wore the Karvers today and they worked out great. I felt so much more confident and in control. Jim wore the Boreals with the 65mm skins. One of the best things on the Karvers are the great ratchet bindings…I do NOT like the bindings on the Boreals at all. We headed up the cattrack to the Nordic cut off but before we did, we spotted 4 our neighbors skiing down as we skied up…as soon as we recognized each other, there were lots of waves and hellos.

As we hiked, it got very foggy and the cost mist was cold on the face. There was rime ice on all the trees, which is always so beautiful. It could have started to snow at any time and I would have been happy!

Out to Bear Ridge, Moose Trot and then Cloudwalker, past the bone yard and out to Wolf Ridge. Stopped for mango then did the loop and turned around. Just before we got to the shed, I felt something funny on my ski…I had lost a screw and the strap came loose. Luckily I was still able to ski on it. We backtracked a short bit and didn’t find it, not surprisingly. We stopped at the shed, took off the skis and went in for lunch. I was so hungry…it was now 2:15!

Time to head back down to the village…and we looked forward to the hills, especially the best and longest. I got down without a hitch, feeling in control. Jim started down after me and just before the bottom, he went down. Not hurt, he yelled down to me to take his picture. One of our traditions is, if someone falls, they get their picture taken! Back down in the village, they were getting ready to shut down the lifts and people were not happy. The snow was excellent today.

Left home                    9:15

Got to Schweitzer        9:45

Started up                   10:00

Got to truck                 3:30     

Total miles hiked          8 miles

Total hiking time           5 hours, 30 minutes

 

 

 

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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, Schweitzer Mountain, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, Cloudwalker, Wolf Ridge, Karvers, Boreals, Bear Ridge, Moose Trot

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