I've lived in town for a little more than a year now and haven't attempted to hike up to the 'M' on Mount Sentinel yet.  I decided that needed to change this weekend.  Actually, not only did I climb the 'M', but I crossed another item off the to-do list for good measure.

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My sister came into town for the Luke Combs concert happening Tuesday night.  I suggested we hike the 'M' since she likes hiking and I hadn't done it yet.

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Well, this is shortly after I realized the error of my ways.  I shouldn't have agreed to such nonsense.  Thank goodness for all the benches to rest along the way!

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Oh man!  Should my calves be burning like this?  This shot would be me taking another water break after making it through another whole switchback.  Ha!

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Sweet mercy!  Please don't let me die of a heart attack up on this mountainside!  Here's where I'm questioning why I let myself get so chubby and why I don't exercise more often?

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I have to admit - the view gets sweeter the higher you go.

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Making progress!

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I'm seeing why everybody loves hiking the 'M'.

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I had to shed a few layers and stop at almost every bench to let my legs stop burning - but I made it.

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Yep.......nothing like the overpowering smell of urine that awaits you in the restroom after making it back to base.

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And not only did I cross a climb to the top of the 'M' off my list.........I also had my first bison burger to celebrate the occasion.

There you have it - I think I can officially call myself a Missoulian!