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Re: Bike rides

Postby gooned » 14 Jun 2017 19:48

Interesting, thanks for that!

In looking at G maps up past the lookout I think I may see the traces of some trenching aways North along that road.

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Re: Bike rides

Postby bertvorgon » 05 Sep 2017 15:52

Here is a small story and pictures from Sundays Epic day hike. We beat the smoke that has now totally socked in the lower mainland. In one of the pictures, which I will note, we could see the smoke billowing up from the Diamond Creek fire just south of the border, between Cathedral Park and Manning Park. The wind has now brought that and the Okanagan fires into the mainland, I did not even see the sun at all today.

Needle Peak and Beyond

Not much of a story on this one, hopefully the pictures make up for it. Matt and I decided not to drive for seven hours, then, drive seven hours back at the end of our Labour Day weekend and fight the insanity of #1 Highway.

We made a decision to try a new trail, something just outside of the blast zone of Vancouver, grabbing altitude FAST! It only took us two hours to the trailhead, arriving at 8:00 AM in cool morning air, perfect for hiking.

Now, trail descriptions can be very misleading we have found, and this was one of them. STEEP is a relative term depending on how good a shape you are in. We had light day packs and wisely brought 3 litres of water each, which turned out to be a good move.

Leaving the Tracker had us winding though a nice dense forest, with gentle but short switchbacks, seeming to get some elevation quite quickly, nice I thought. After about fifteen minutes…we came to the WALL…..the term STEEP I threw out and called it damn near VERTICAL.

This trail just headed straight up, like someone took a giant rootwacker and drew a straight line up the mountain. Talk about gaining altitude…my heart thought it was going to explode. Nothing worse than sitting for two hours, get out, and go flat out. Yikes.

Our goal was to head to a peak at just under 7,000 feet but after climbing for an hour I’m thinking there is no way, my legs feel like jello already. We broke out of the trees into our first vista of the valley below, truly spectacular. It was onto some “slick” rock type terrain, so walking was a bit easier now. I promised myself I would eat and drink regularly, as we were burning up some serious energy on this climb.

The trail at this point was steady and steep, not the vertical we had just spent and hour on, with ever increasing views around us. We could see the peak that was our goal, but when I looked at the final scrabble we would have to do, it looked very sketchy over the final kilometer with scary steps of rocks and boulders..I do not do heights very well any more, where it falls off 1,000 feet next to you.

At the fork on the trail a sign said it was 1.5 kilometers to another peak that we decided to follow. Stopping for some much needed lunch had us with an almost 360 degree view of amazing peaks and valleys. We could even see the smoke flume from the forest fire just across the Canada/U.S. Border, some 150 kilometers away.

After lunch we had to drop some altitude, my mind going we have to come BACK UP this. We dropped down into a small saddle between peaks, then, ended up on some huge sheets of glacial ground rock, climbing again to a wonderful alpine lake, still being fed by the last remnants of snow from winter. The vistas from here are hard to describe and I hope the pictures help a tad. We were now at 6,000 Ft., with a light breeze blowing thankfully, keeping the air temperature at 26C. (78F.) It was only another 500ft to the next peak but as the day was wearing on and the spectre of going down CAREFULLY was not lost on us.

What a grind going down, that type of terrain is really hard on the knees when you do not do that all the time, muscles that in day to day use never get used. When we got to the “vertical” part again, Matt and I were really feeling the effects, the last half an hour just felt like it took forever. We did run into a real Park Ranger heading up, a species almost decimated by government cut backs years ago. We chatted for awhile, all the time thinking this guy is doing this trail late in the afternoon and likely will do another hike before the day is done. Those guys are in crazy shape! He was doing the trail to check on conditions and make any recommendations for maintenance. I suggested a gondola!

The drive back was busy, almost coming to a major slow down on #1, I predict insanity today ( Monday) as the flush of people hit the Fraser Valley after the weekend.
As tough as it was, it was worth the effort, the vistas being right up there with only a few other climbs we have done. I think in a few days I will be able to walk again!

Keith Law
Sept.4, 2017
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Re: Bike rides

Postby bertvorgon » 05 Sep 2017 15:56

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1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

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Re: Bike rides

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"Racing makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Peter Egan

1973 2Door Slalom/hill climb/road race / canyon carver /Giant Killer 510
1968 Vintage 3HP Mini Bike
1971 Vintage 13' BOLER trailer

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Re: Bike rides

Postby KiKiIchiBan » 07 Sep 2017 15:38

Still looks like you've got decent weather over there and are able to get out and enjoy it. Lucky. It's all miserable over here, cold and wet and getting darker. I'm off down south somewhere with sunshine. Going to ride a bike on a small island in Indonesia next week. Still think I'd rather be in Canada.
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