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 —
Becky Lipton — hike leader.