|Climbing 4000 feet to the top of Columbia Mountain, the northernmost peak in the Swan Range. Leaving behind civilization (i.e. the Flathead Valley).|
|It's just me up here on the summit of Columbia Mountain. And I won't see anyone else for the rest of the day either. Which actually makes me happy.|
Would I really want to be an extrovert, given the choice? Not that I have a choice. Why is it so hard to admit that I want to backpack solo? Can't I just accept this need for solitude? Celebrate it, perhaps?
Thus, I am out here, for another solo backpacking trip, along the Swan Crest/ Alpine Trail in northwestern Montana. I could have gone backpacking with someone else. But no, I need this.
|Entering a vibrant world.|
|Reflections in still waters.|
|Possibilities. Things start to make more sense.|
|This is the sleep that is most restorative. How come sleep is better out in the woods than it ever is in town?|
Hopefully next week, I'll have the energy to go backpacking with friends. Cause it really is more fun with to share the outdoors with people. In a different sort of way.
|Waking up refreshed.|
|Watching clouds licking the mountaintops as the storm rolls in. Change is coming. It always does.|
This was an out and back along the northern part of the Swan Range. Starting from Columbia Mountain, joining the Alpine Trail #7, going all the way to where I left off previously, then going back to camp at Lamoose Lake, then returning back the way I came.
Here is a description for climbing Columbia Mountain.
I love my new map which shows this hike-- the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex-Northern Half, by Cairn. Makes for really good bedtime reading/dreaming.
|Leaving you with one final wildflower.|