Archive for August, 2015
Well, the previous week I’d run/hiked to the top of Mt. Albert Edward and back – a total distance of around 32 km. I had considered adding on the side-loop that would go over Castle Crag Mountain and Mount Frink as well – but after receiving some advice that the navigation was pretty tough on this loop, I decided to bypyass it. That day. But this week, I was back!
Other than this first shot, all the pix were taken on my phone, so they are not that great. And then my phone died before I made my first summit. Stupid thing. Anyway, Read the rest of this entry »
Jackie’s solo hike-run to summit Mt. Albert Edward, Strathcona Provincial Park – 32 km with >1km elevation gain
Wow, now this was fun! It has been a very hot and dry summer – not great for the garden or the salmon, but very good for getting up in the mountains, with little or no snowpack. (Dave and I did that Della Falls/Love Lake run back in June, and there was no snow at all up there – whereas when we did that same Della Falls route in September, late summer, a few years earlier there was not only snow up there, but Love Lake was still totally frozen!) So, while Dave was away in Iceland, I decided to head up to Strathcona Provincial Park (less than a 1.5 hr drive from here) and do a run/jog up to the peak of Mt. Albert Edward. Read the rest of this entry »
Valerie and I decided for our yearly summer expedition to hike the wilds of Iceland! We took a special bus with large wheels that could cross rivers from Reykjavik to the central interior area called Landmannalaugar to hike the Laugavegupinn trail.
Val and I flew Vancouver to Reykjavik, watched the weather while collecting our remaining food and gear, and booked a bus to the start in the central Iceland interior.
After about four hours there was more snow and ice than rock.
The trail was defined with stakes with red on top, and others had left a trail through the snow.
Spectacular views in every direction! Cold winds in the late afternoon.
Since the sun was up 22 hours in early July, we hiked until 8:30 pm and covered 24 km of high mountain trails. No complaints from Val. We had packed very light so we could move fast and pull long days.
The mountains gave way to vast volcanic plains, with winds carrying black dust. We moved fast as we didn’t want to be here if any wind storms arose.
Cold. We both slept with all clothes on, hat, gloves, and head under the sleeping bag. My MEC down bag to 0 degrees C was not near enough.
Then on to Porsmork at near sea-level for a bus ride back to Reykjavik for the best hike ever! 55 km, three days.
Oops. Well I did not mean to do this hike in a dress. I had dropped Dave and his daughter, Valerie at the Nanaimo ferry that morning (they were flying to Iceland for a week of hiking!) and figured I would hike the Arrowsmith CPR Trail loop on the way home, since I would be driving right past the trailhead. That would make for perfect training for my upcoming three-day ultramarathon, The Golden Ultra, which I would be running in less that two months – lots of Read the rest of this entry »