The day before, when I scouted the trail for ice, there was only one unavoidable slippery spot. During the night freezing rain froze most of the trail and added a shiny layer to some of the rocks. Fortunately, I had extra hiking poles for those that needed them. The ice did not deter any of the nine hikers from reaching the top. Jim Whitfield with his boots that never slipped was able to put out a hand in the worst spots. On top we had the Butte to ourselves to celebrate the New Year. It was Barbara Floyd’s first trip. Soon to be member, Ryan Hovland, had a tripod to take a photo of all of us celebrating the New Year. We all agreed that it was a wonderful way to start the first day of 2011and that next year we would bring food!Members: Janet Jacobsen, Darko Sojak, Susan Sanazaro, Clara Emlen, Jim Whitfield. Nonmembers: Barbara Floyd, Ryan Hovland, Lisa Marcus, Tom O'Brien.
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