Lumarjim Trail 1941 AND 2017

Lumarjim Trail 1941 & 2017  

August 1941 Lucy Hasterlik, twenty-year old 1939 Great Falls HS graduate, her eighteen-year old brother Jim, and a friend, Marjorie Tintinger, embarked on an epic ride through the mountains of the then recently designated Primitive Area of what is presently the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area.

They rode three saddle horses and trailed a pack pony behind.

Navigation was sketchy, as they employed only a one-page map showing trails in the Flathead and Lewis and Clark National Forests.

They packed relatively light as they opted to discard originally-packed gear and rations in order to ease the load on their one pack horse. They planned to eat pretty well the first part of the trip, then get by more conservatively on the last legs. At one point they gulped down cold tomato soup right out of the can, as the wet weather, hunger, and expediency dictated.

Lucy compiled a journal of the adventure, including black and white photos of several points of interest, often with the foreground showing her saddle horse’s ears.

August of 2017 found Donna Shockley, Lucy’s daughter, and her husband Dick (GFHS ’63) on the same route hiking in their well worn comfortable Lowa boots, attempting to replicate that 1941 trek, but this time with packs on their backs.

As they hiked the same trails and marveled at the same beautiful still pristine natural places, the navigation was much easier with updated maps. Lightweight meals, cooking, and camping gear added comfort, but the seventy-six miles did not get any shorter seventy-six years later

Nor did the forty-one switchbacks climb over Switchback Pass become any less steep or long. The view of Pentagon Mountain across Dean Lake was as wonderful as it has always been, making the climb worth the effort.

Donna and Dick compiled their own journal, noting the same spots visited by the earlier trio and updating photos with color shots and additional views.

- Dick & Donna Shockley

* Donna is a sixty-some year old retired bookkeeper, super-grandma, active Gallatin Gateway School Board member.
* Dick is a seventy-two year old retired military officer, Vietnam Army helicopter pilot, active Gateway Youth Group board member.


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