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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.
Dave and I had a great mid-July hike with Ron and Brett up Mount Adder. They were planning a trip a couple of days later to Mount Klitsa, and invited us along on that too. I was totally excited about that – I’ve wanted to do Klitsa for years. My old Tofino friend, artist Mark Hobson, had told me about it, but somehow I never had a chance to get up there. Dave couldn’t go this time – he was packing, leaving for Iceland the next day – but I jumped at the chance! Read the rest of this entry »
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 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, Xhosa and I took advantage of our warm November sun to hike from China Creek along the Inlet Trail back to Ship Creek road parking lot in Port Alberni. We packed a lunch, a thermos of hot coffee and set out for a leisurely 5.5 hour stroll along the sunny waterfront; a world-class gem!
I know you can’t count on a wedding going to plan… but miraculously, everything went exactly as we wanted it to! It was a small group, just our close family and a very few old friends. The weather cooperated spectacularly… warm and sunny, but not too hot. The ceremony was short and sweet, out on the dock. I wasn’t going to have a bridesmaid, but Xhosa stepped in unexpectedly at the last moment (after giving me a good hard crotch-poke as Mom walked me down the “aisle”) to take on that duty. Read the rest of this entry »
The Bowron Lakes circuit is in central B.C. East of Quesnel. Its a 116 km circuit through the high mountains with over 10 km of portaging.
Our six day adventure started by portaging from Bowron lake Park headquarters uphill to Read the rest of this entry »
I’m taking a few days off running because my knee has been acting up. Nothing major – it has a history – but just want to nip it in the bud,before it flares up. I’ve been doing some long hikes instead (which has been great for Xhosa, our dog who just had surgery on her leg two weeks ago). So it was perfect timing when my good friend from my old Tofino days, Joanna, emailed me on Monday to say she’d be passing through town on Tuesday: did I want to go on a hike?
Not to mention… the forecast was for sunshine and warmth. And it Read the rest of this entry »
Xhosa, our big Rhodesian ridgeback, has been diagnosed with a mast-cell tumour. It’s apparently a fairly common type of cancer in some types of dogs, including ridgebacks. You can see the tumour, a big fatty-looking lump, near the top of her rear right leg.
Well, she’s going in for surgery today. It’s a type of cancer that has a high chance of metastasizing, and we don’t know if that has already happened or not. But at least, for now, we are getting that tumour removed. Read the rest of this entry »
Active rest days when training: Our favourite winter route, Port Alberni’s Somass Estuary Bird Sanctuary
When you are training as a runner, you still have to be conscious about taking rest days, and not injuring yourself or becoming exhausted through overtraining. If you are fairly new to running, then your rest day should probably be fully a rest day. But once you have built up your mileage and endurance, going for a walk or a hike makes a great day of active rest or recovery. Especially if you are training for a marathon or ultramarathon – time on your feet is important, and every extra hour helps! One of Dave’s and my favourite routes for an active recovery rest day is Read the rest of this entry »