Maxwell Butte

September 6, 2004

Five eager hikers met on Labor Day to hike up Maxwell Butte, a delightful expedition on a not too hot day — up 2500 ft over 4.8 miles one way. Our morning of labor brought us to the summit of the ancient volcano in the southwest corner of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness where exquisite and up close views of Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack and the surrounding lakes and meadows area greeted us. Sadly, the remnants of last year’s large burn also comprised a large part of our vista, but some said that the winter cross-country skiing had improved significantly with the decrease in undergrowth and improved views. One of our members must have been reading up on Olympic techniques to “cheat the system” and increase athletic performance by storing one’s own red blood cells, then transfusing them back into the body. However, it seems that she forgot the part about getting the blood back into herself before the big event so she was trying to climb the mountain with 25% fewer blood cells than the rest of us. Take it from us — this is not the way to do a big hike. Never-the-less, the five laborers enjoyed the day — Walt Dolliver, Dick Hildreth, Sandra Larsen, John Lee and Becky Lipton — hike leader.

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