KuntZ's first time for Powerline has her pretending to rescue children
The Powerline always is a surprise for first-timers, and for KuntZ, it was quite a shock to see the seemingly straight up path she needed to snowshoe to get back to the cars.
The day started out with us meeting Kalah at the top of Kings Hill. Some had intentions of doing the double powerline, a much tougher hike, while some planned to take the traditional route. Neither worked out.
We completed the usual trip down to O'Brien Park area, where a few had a snack before taking on the dreaded uphill of the Powerline. At this point, KuntZ realized that she really was going to have to climb up it. A few snowmobiles passed by, Katie joked that KuntZ should stick out her thunb now and not lose her chance for a ride to the top, but she instead resorted to another tactic. She pretended her children were at the top and were in dire need of water. They needed their mother to climb up quickly to rescue them from dehydration! And it worked. She made it up fairly quickly. Some of the other gals forewent the snack and headed up first to take their snack on top.
Once we were all together again, Katie and Kuntz said they were going back to the cars and not tackling the second Powerline. Kalah said the second one was across the highway, but Katie was sure it wasn't. She was certain she had two hills to climb when she had skied it years ago. But Kalah was right: the second one was across the highway. Anyway, we all stayed together, with some planning to walk the berm along the highway from the plows back to the cars and others planning the double powerline. Along this way, we had very icy snow and uneven from the plows. We also had to weave in and out of trees. Susan lost a snow basket too. By the time we arrived back at the cars, the wind picked up and everyone decided to try the second powerline another day.
We left Great Falls at 8 a.m. and were back around 2 p.m.