Odell Butte

January 30, 1988

We started up Odell Butte in powdery snow that would just barely crush into a snowball — about ¾ inches of the new stuff. The five miles and three hours to the top included a patch of sticky snow that ended just after motivating us to stop and apply maxi-glide. There was enough sun to make my nose resent my delay in applying sun block. The top was guarded by about 100 yards of ice in the steepest part of the ascent. After a rather quick lunch in the cold we carefully navigated the ice, then delighted in the 1½-hour glide back to Norman Benton’s car. The glide included Norm enjoying a few shortcuts across the cut-backs through the trees. Then Norm drove Gladys Grancorvitz, Herb McMurtry, Jane Tucker and leader Royal Murdock back to Eugene before dark.


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