October 17, 2009

I prefer going to Church on Thursday

Filed under: Hiking, North Cascades — geezerwriter @ 12:58 pm
Lunch in the Meadows

Lunch in the Meadows

We cheated the winter once again! To all you hikers who stayed home on Thursday because of the gloomy weather forecasts, I can say only this: “Nyeah, nyeah nyuh nyeah, nyeah!”

As eleven intrepid souls set off for Church Mountain the clouds over the mountains looked pretty grim, but the clearing followed along as we drove. The sun peeked through the trees as we climbed up in the woods (at a pretty swift pace for us, I’d say). When we reached the meadows at about 5000′ around 11:30 it clouded over for awhile and got a bit chilly as about half of the group stopped for a rest and an early lunch while the others pressed on for the summit lookout site, everyone agreeing to start back down at around 1:00.

Shortly after noon, most of us laggards took off at a leisurely pace up the trail. We got in sight of the summit just in time to see some of the advance group coming down – we learned later that three had made it to the top but the cold winds drove them back down to ledge just below the summit scramble, where they had lunch with the others.

Tomyhoi and the Border Peaks

Tomyhoi and the Border Peaks

There was a fair amount of sun most of the time that we were in the alpine terrain and there were still huge numbers of berries; and though they are getting a bit saggy and flaccid (there’s a lot of THAT going around!) they are still bursting with juice.

Tris and Dot in the Meadows

Tris and Dot in the Meadows

Shuksan over Barometer Mtn

Shuksan over Barometer Mtn

We all got back together in the meadows and stayed pretty close for the descent in the woods. After last week’s adventure I hope we continue to be scrupulous about this, since the descent is the most likely occasion for an injury, in which case we can use all the help we can get. A number of years ago on a trip to Church (with another group, which will remain nameless) I got left behind with one other person, who suddenly felt weak and unstable. I was able to take her quite heavy pack and carry it, which allowed her to slowly make her way down the trail, but it would have been nice if there’d been more help.



  1. The picture of the mts with the gree pine on the left is very professional — love it!!!


    Comment by Milt — October 17, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

  2. I did NOT stay away because of the weather. The leg is slowly but surely healing up. Most of the color is now fading but the shinbone itself still has two warm spots and some ways to go. But I am sure that next Thursday I will join you all, whatever the weather! I absolutely love your pictures of the peaks with the snow on them; they are outstanding. I am sure that the raspberries in your post were not intended for me, so I will send them back: nyeah, nyeah, nyeah!

    Comment by DJan — October 17, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

    • Thanks, DJan. Those nyeah’s were not intended for you and I am sure I we able to reuse them at some future time.

      Comment by aheezen — October 17, 2009 @ 6:00 pm

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