Last summer, I spent a little time in the Canadian Rockies with my dear housemate from London, Loz. We had already taken in a couple of smaller hikes that would take a morning or an afternoon but now it was time for an all dayer. So we took on the Iceline trail via Little Yoho.
The Easter weekend was upon us, and I couldn’t get tickets to see Mastodon in Seattle so there was only one thing to do, and this was to paddle up Indian Arm. I was first told about this place a few weeks ago and it just so happened that a friend of mine was looking for a 4th person.
– March 25th and 26th –
We had dubbed this as the last backcountry trip of this winter in the knowledge that we wouldn’t be able to make it out as a group again for a while. It was made even more important for us having ballsed up the last backcountry trip (i.e. leaving it to the last minute). To prevent that happening again we had planned this 2 months in advance and so we were very much looking forward to it. Unfortunately the Dutch Waffle wasn’t able to make it at the last moment but it was going to deter Sam and I from being in the presence of Mount Gandalf, Mount Aragorn and Mount Shadowfax – the land of Tolkien.
5th March – 2017
Hindsight is always a great thing. Big Cedar and Kennedy Falls are so close to home yet I hadn’t even heard of the trail let alone been on it. With the trail being as fun as it was, I couldn’t believe that we had waiting this long to check it out.
Dog Mountain is one of only a couple hikes that we have been on more than once. We want to make sure we keep going to new places and seeing new things, which is why the number of repeats is down to probably 2. However, this is a great little trail that isn’t too difficult but with spectacular views at the end.
– January 2017 –
Bowen Island had been on my list of places to visit for a while. We were excited by the extra ‘Adventure’ added by having to take the ferry across. So after our plans to go snowshoeing to Elfin Lakes fell-through (through terrible lack of planning) we thought that this was a perfect opportunity to employ a very high quality Plan B.
It’s December 5th, 1914, and Shackleton leads his group of 26 (and discovers a 27th in the form of a stowaway) out of South Georgia Island in the middle of the South Atlantic to become the first group to cross the Antarctic from one side to another.
It’s 4 am, on Christmas morning and I have just woken up. I’m not very hungry but I try to eat a little bit of breakfast and put on a coffee to help wake us up. My housemates Arno and Sam come out of their rooms dressed in their thermal layers. They sling their bags from over their shoulders and place them by the back door and join me in my strategic breakfast. In an hour we will be driving to a trail head just past Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, British Columbia (30k north west of Pemberton).
This was our third hike of our trip in the Rockies. I would say this was more of a walk than a hike but the Emerald Lake Trail was a one-up for beauty on what Loz and I had done so far.