3/29/15 – Well, another birthday came around and Grete invited me to join her (and our buddy Justin) on another ski traverse. This isn’t the first time she’s asked me to walk pretty far in ski boots… Our relationship got its first glimmer while wandering for 14 hours during the Elk Mountains Grand Traverse a couple of years ago (again on my birthday). So, of course, I had to take her up on the offer!
Justin had hatched the idea to go traverse the Apgar Range in Glacier National Park. He brought it up to Grete, who thought it seemed like an awesome birthday activity. The Apgar Range is a micro-range in the western side of the park along the North Fork of the Flathead River. The views into the park, out onto the Whitefish Range, and back into the Flathead Valley are awesome, and the adventure was not one soon to be forgotten!
The “ski” traverse began with a couple thousand feet of good authentic bushwacking, then a bit of skinning up to the Huckleberry Lookout atop the northern peak of the range. After that, we skinned, skied, skin-skied, and booted our way along the ridge line, enjoying views, finding animal tracks (fresh wolf!) and chit-chatting all the way to the Apgar Lookout atop the southern-most peak of the range. From there, it was a quick hike back down a dirt trail to our dropped shuttle car. All in all, it turned out to be a glorious ~25 mile day out, with excellent weather, awesome peeps, and few (if any) blisters!
Here are the photos…. as usual