Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Mount Otokomi

Scamble with the Glacier Mountaineering Society. Drove down to Glacier Park early in the morning with fellow COC member Ken Mcdermott from Lethbridge. The intended destination for the day was Curly Bear Mountain, but it had been quite cloudy and raining lightly when we met early in the morning. One dude in the group (Gerry) works for the park in the summer, so we decided to stop for a coffee at his park residence. After sitting around for a couple of hours, we spotted a couple of (sucker) holes of blue sky through the clouds and decided to try hiking towards Otokmi Lake, with the idea that if it cleared up we could break offtrail and go for a summit. As we hiked it started to get progressively clearer, and by the time we summited Otokomi at lunch it was positively sunny! Up higher, there was a bit of snow and the surrounding mountains all had a light dusting of snow.

The coordinator (Bruce) was surprised by his lovely wife (Rhonda) at the summit with birthday brownies for his 50th birthday, which he was celebrating that day. We had some leisurely summit time, basking in the sun and spotted some big horn sheep to the north just below us. Descending towards the Rising Sun Motorlodge, we had a nice picnic together and then parted ways again. All in all, another great day in the mountains with a great bunch of people.

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