China Creek Dryland Sort to Dave’s house run along inlet and Copper Mountain

What do four Ironmen and an Ultrawoman do for fun on a hot summer day?  A four hour run along the new Vancouver Island Trail starting at China Creek Dryland Log Sort to Dave’s house.

Here we are, our first stop partway up our first climb - where we begin to see the view. From L to right are: Iron-quad Rod, Dave G., Dave P., me, and Russ. (Most of the guys in Port Alberni seem to be named either Dave or Rod, not sure why). Jaz is walking behind; Xhosa has exited the frame, and Tank didn't come because he has a sore leg. (Photo by Jackie).

Start of run overlooking the Alberni Inlet, on the south slope of Copper Mountain.

Sheer walls

The posted map of our run, triangles (red) for 'very demanding' and squares (orange) for 'demanding' so no cruising today!

We outran a tug!

some bits are steep

Lots of down...

...and lots of climbing right back up again.

Stopping for a very quick break at a pebble beach (Dave notes: it is called Camp Wiseman). Note how all the boys are all sitting, and all the girls (including me) are standing.

One of the custom bridges made from nearby trees

All together, we were out there for nearly 4 hrs. The GPS-geeks watches registered us travelling about 15 km. We probably did slightly more than that, since the watches wouldn’t have read very well under the forest cover – but not a lot more. So, “running” with an average speed of about 4 km/h gives you a bit of an idea of how challenging the terrain was.

We ran straight to Dave’s house, where we were met by friends and loved ones for a great luncheon on the back deck in the sun, enjoying the pool, hot tub, and a few beers. What a great day! (FYI, here is an elevation profile of our route, thanks to Judy Carlson of the Alberni Valley Outdoor Club – AVOC).

And let me tell you, those beers tasted good! What a day!

  1. #1 by Fiona on August 10, 2011 - 8:43 am

    Sounds amazing! I love to do this run sometime.

    • #2 by Jacqueline Windh on August 11, 2011 - 9:36 am

      It was amazing! There are so many incredible runs around Port Alberni. This one was pretty long, with very tough terrain… but there are so many different routes around here, you can go as long or short as you want.

  2. #3 by AEW on August 14, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    I wish I could do the West Coast Trail, I could probably do your trail if i walked.

  3. #4 by Judy Carlson on October 28, 2011 - 11:27 pm

    How do you paste an item here? I have a graph of the elevation changes along your route that I would like to show you, but I don’t know how to do it.
    Nice write-up, and the pictures are great.
    Have you done the Teodoro-Sproat Lake Lookout yet? That’s a full day-hike for us 65 year olds, so it might make a nice morning run for you. I can send a map if you give me your contact info.

    Judy (from AVOC)

    • #5 by Jacqueline Windh on October 29, 2011 - 9:02 am

      Hi Judy –

      Well, we sure appreciate all of the work that you and the members of the Alberni Valley Outdoor Club have done to create and maintain these trails!

      If you email me the elevation graph, I can upload it to the site. And I would love to see the map of that other route too. All my contact info is here:


  4. #6 by Jacqueline Windh on November 22, 2011 - 7:28 pm

    Thanks again Judy – I have put a link to the elevation profile at the bottom of the blog post, but here it is directly for anyone who wants to take a look:

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