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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Big Up to Mount Helena

This is the top of Mount Helena (5,485), which I reached in a little more than 50 minutes — slower than in the past, but hey, it's a 1,300-foot vertical! Got down faster, but not much because the Hogback Trail I took is really treacherous for a slightly vertiginous old man with a slightly bum leg and a fear of falling.

I actually ran into Dan Hollow on the Prairie Trail part of my run. He was on his bicycle. We had a nice chat and he informed me that another old buddy, Brad Hurd, is in Helena again, too.

Here's the city center of Helena from 1,300 feet above. Nice day; a little cool (60s) and very windy at times.

This is looking just about straight west from the peak. I was huffing and puffing pretty good by the time I got up, but I did make it.

This is just a little north of the previous picture, and it shows the western part of Helena below. The trail I took kind of climbs around to the west side of the mountain then goes up the back. Nice.

Quite a few people up there today, which is good to see. I've called it 7 in the past, though I don't think it's quite that far. But factoring in the elevation change, I don't mind.

7; 23; 51; 263

Posted by Mose, 3:35 PM


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