Friday, March 19, 2004

More Fun in the Snow!!!

Today John Kerry completed a three-hour trek up and down a mountain in Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Ketchum, Idaho. Kerry snowshoed up and snowboarded down from about a 2000-foot ridge.

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Tim Cron, of the Sun Valley Ski Patrol, guided Kerry up the mountain on Friday and warned that conditions would be challenging.

Kerry set out up the slope with Cron, personal assistant Marvin Nicholson and three burly Secret Service agents. They picked their way to the top before skiing and snowboarding down.

A normal 10-minute descent turned into 45 minutes. Nearly everyone tumbled repeatedly and often stopped to catch a breath. Even the agents struggled, and a couple gave up and donned snowshoes for the final stretch.

After getting off the slope, Kerry put on snowshoes for a 200-yard trek across flat ground. Even with his snowshoes, he often sank up to his thighs. He was clearly fatigued as he reached the bottom of the mountain.

"It's a great workout," Kerry said. "The view up there was spectacular."


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