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Schweitzer Nordics #430

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Nov 28, 2011…Schweitzer Nordics…hike # 430      

To our youngest… and only daughter, Tricia!  47 years young!

The ski hill is closed again for the week, opening again this Friday. It got a bit warm over the weekend so things were a little icy, as in very icy in the village. We put the skis on after carefully walking over to the bell tower. When we tried to move, we almost fell on our faces. Finally a unanimous executive decision was made to take off the skis, go back to the truck and get the snowshoes. This was the best decision…it went much better as we climbed up the cat track. And we really had no idea what conditions would be at the higher elevation.

While heading up, we met a crossing country skier coming down…with no poles! He stopped and we chatted for a bit…we talked about skiing and we told him about our new challenges with skishoeing. He works in one of the ski shops in the village.

 In spite of more control, we couldn’t help think that snowshoeing is just not as much fun or challenging as the skis. And at times it is boring. BUT, we get much more exercise on the snowshoes than with ski-shoeing.  AND…since we are not taking steps but rather sliding, our pedometers don’t work!  But we do have the GPS to register how many miles! The sun began to come out and we had to take off some layers…a good excuse for a rest!

Walked all the way up to Stella, the six-pack lift, still not even open over the weekend. Then after some mango, walked down the very steep Zip Down run. We decided not to go to the end of Wolf Ridge today since we were planning of getting back down the long way. And long it was as we shoe-ed thru many ungroomed trails still with deep snow and some alder still poking up thru the snow. We need lots more snow to lay that stuff down to the ground. Since we walked our usual route backwards today, approaching the shed from the opposite direction and near the end of the hike seemed odd. We had never done it this way before. The shed was a welcome sight…we were getting very tired and hungry after trudging thru the deep snow, especially on the always ungroomed Boomerang trail. Once inside, we had our lunch and the hot chocolate. It hit the spot…I was starving. After layering up again in the chilly air, we headed back down to the empty village and the truck.  

For those diligent and observant readers, I know, I know, I know that wasn’t a moose in last week’s pics…it was a buck mule deer. I guess I had moose on the brain or something…I knew it was a deer…as I saw it, I yelled to Jim…”look...there’s a deer crossing the road!”

Left home                    9:15

Got to Schweitzer        9:45

Started up                   10:30

Got to truck                 3:00     

Total miles hiked          7 miles

Total hiking time           4 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, cross country skiing, Stella, Zip Down Run, Boomerang Trail

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