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Dave and Val hike the Laugavegurinn trail from Landmannalaugar to Porsmork, Iceland!

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.

We are off! Landmannalaugar to Porsmork hike.

We are off! Landmannalaugar to Porsmork hike.

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.

Heading up, up and up into the mountains.

Heading up, up and up into the mountains.

Still heading up...

Still heading up…

Mountains! I didn't sign up for this! - Val.

Mountains! I didn’t sign up for this! – Val.

After about four hours there was more snow and ice than rock.

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The trail was defined with stakes with red on top, and others had left a trail through the snow.

Dave's selfie...

Dave’s selfie…

Val enjoying the day.

Val enjoying the day.

Heading for Alftavatn lake in the distance.

Heading for Alftavatn lake in the distance.

Spectacular views in every direction! Cold winds in the late afternoon.

Val having a hot drink at camp.

Val having a hot drink at camp.

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.

Coming down out of the snow fields.

Coming down out of the snow fields.

Windswept volcanic plains.

Windswept volcanic plains.

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.

Dave selfie with Val in the distance...

Dave selfie with Val in the distance…

Playing crib in our crib...

Playing crib in our crib…

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.

Ever changing landscapes.

Ever changing landscapes.

Getting lower.

Getting lower.

A steep bit.

A steep bit.

Then on to Porsmork at near sea-level for a bus ride back to Reykjavik for the best hike ever! 55 km, three days.

 

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I’ve wanted to do this hike for years – Mount Klitsa!

LIMG_0515Dave 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 »

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Sun Mountain 80 km ultramarathon, Winthrop, Washington! Our first 50 miler!

Owner Carl at Javaman Burritos

Owner Carl at Javaman Burritos

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 »

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Mt. Horne hike with Rich and Xhosa.

Jackie just finished a 132 km hike in Patagonia before her ultramarathon so I’m wandering the mountains here with Rich.

Cameron Lake start.

Cameron Lake start.

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 »

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Hiking the Inlet Trail in the November sun: Port Alberni the best place to live!

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!

Looking South.

Looking south, down the 60 km Alberni Inlet towards the ocean.

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Dave and Jackie get married!!!

LWP_000446Whoa! We did it! Dave and I got married – last weekend, August 9th, at his parents’ summer house on Sproat Lake (a 15 minute drive out of Port Alberni).

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 »

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Valerie and Dave canoe the Bowron Lake Circuit

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.

Adventure begins!  Kibii Lake.

Adventure begins! Kibee Lake.

 

Our six day adventure started by portaging from Bowron lake Park headquarters uphill to Read the rest of this entry »

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