CLIMBED ALONG WITH MCCLINTOK PK ON A GMS OUTING WITH DENIS AND SHIRLEY TWOWIG, VERN INGRAHAM, BUD ISLER, BILL HEDGLIN, SANDY EVERTS, ETC REMEMBER DENIS'S APPROACH SHOES BEING CHEWED ON BY A MARMOT AFTER HE LEFT THEM IN A BUSH ON THE STRETCH N OF CUTBANK PASS ALSO, GOT SOME VIDEO OF A PAIR OF DEER CROSSING CUTBANK PASS FROM THE EAST ACROSS THE STEEP SNOWFIELDS. NEVER SAW ANY DEER AT SUCH HIGH ELEVATION BEFORE OR SINCE
Route Climbed: StandardDate Climbed: July 24, 2005
Of all the mountains I've climbed, this one blew me away the most—one of those summit views that simply won't quit! As far as you can see in any direction: mountains, mountains, mountains—huge mountains—a sea of monstrous peaks! Wow—on this day Glacier National Park ruled the world!
The climb was with the Glacier Mountaineering Society; it was a perfect day for the first three-fourths of it, and then weather moved in quite rapidly, but—most unusual for Glacier—just cold and chill and clouds, with no wind and precipitation. Definitely a front creeping silently in on fingers of fog. So the trek out was in the clouds on Cut Bank and Pitamakan Passes, then settled into a cloudy, cold descent. No matter. It was an absolutely wonderful day!
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe