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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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Our usual ultramarathon training trail, the Alberni Lookout, like we’ve never seen it before – by snowshoe!

2014-02-23 16.56.46This is the trail that Dave and I are on all the time, most weeks several times – up from the trailhead at the corner of Anderson and Ship Creek Road, Port Alberni, up Copper Mountain. But this week, we’ve had so much snow! Dave was working day shifts, so I got out exploring for several days with the dogs – some days in my regular trail runners, some days in my Salomon Snowcross shoes (they have spike, great for gripping in slippery conditions), and some days by snowshoe! Read the rest of this entry »

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Dave and Jackie snowshoe!

Setting out, from the highway (below the main resort area).

Dave’s work hosted a weekend up at Mt. Washington… a great chance for me to try out my brand new snowshoes (I ordered them before Christmas, but haven’t had a chance to use them yet). Snowshoeing is great cross-training for running – and it also just adds a bit variety to the winter régime of runs-in-the-rain. We were really lucky with the weather… so, for this post, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:

Setting out... looks like the sun may come out (ocean in the distance).

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