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It’s been very dark and wet in Port Alberni so when our friend Richard called and suggested hiking up Mt. Arrowsmith we jumped at it! And a nice rare clear day too!
This is a 1000 metre climb, and since Jackie is in training for an upcoming race, she opted to go with her full water bottle vest she is trialling. As you can see, the trail is not easy to find when everything is covered in snow.
The scenery was very nice being snow covered once we got high enough. We saw fresh cougar tracks crossing our trail about half way up.
There was no snow at the Cameron Lake trailhead, but after a couple of hundred metre elevation gain the snow started and got deeper and deeper until it was about a metre deep with higher drifts.
We ended up, at the far side of the loop, not being able to clearly find the track. So we took the safe option, rather than risk wasting 15 minutes at a time, over and over again trying to find the trail, and just retraced our tracks back down. A very fun and beautiful day.
And if you have a couple of minutes and want a laugh, check out this video of Fergus (Yorkie-Chihuahua cross), with icebergs hanging off his fur, after four hours of hiking through the snow, still full of energy and having a good play:
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.
Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2015
It was time to return to one of our favourite spots, Della Falls and Love Lake!
A perfect hot sunny June day.
Can’t miss where we are going!
It’s been a very dry spring, with very little snow in the mountains this year.
Last time we were here – which was our September 2011 Della Falls/Love Lake hike, Love Lake was still totally frozen over. This time, even only in June, there was no snow.
Della falls almost dry…
A beautiful day in the mountains.
Last time, we ran most of it and did the whole thing in eleven and a half hours – including a two hour stop up top. This time we took it much easier – more hiking than walking – and took closer to 14 hours all up. It’s around 40 km there and back, with a total elevation gain (and loss) of 1300 m – most of that on the climb from the base of Della Falls up to Love Lake. Fun day, and a great way to kick off a summer of hiking in the mountains of Vancouver Island!
Jackie and I have gone to Winthrop, WA, to run ultramarathons for four years in a row. A stop for burritos at Java Man Espresso and Burrito Bar is now a ritual. Read the rest of this entry »
Jackie raced her ultra yesterday in Patagonia and I needed a long run and the weather was awesome so I headed up the China Creek Watershed. I parked on the Cameron Mainline at the yellow gate and started up the long hill.
I ventured off the main road to Read the rest of this entry »
Jackie just finished a 132 km hike in Patagonia before her ultramarathon so I’m wandering the mountains here with Rich.
We parked at the yellow gate at the Port Alberni side of Cathederal Grove and walked down the road to the flagged trail start. Read the rest of this entry »
Jackie is still in Patagonia so Rich, Xhosa and I decided to tackle the Mt. Wesley Traverse. This trail is the ridgeline over the top of the mountains across from Cameron Lake.