K2inCanada's Blog

November 29, 2010

A Perfect Vancouver Winter Weekend

Filed under: Canada, Hike, Home, Kayak — K2 in Canada @ 9:38 PM

How many places in the world offer snowshoeing and paddling on the same weekend?

Last week saw a lot of rain in Vancouver but that also meant a lot of fresh snow in the mountains. Jeff and I headed up Cypress again on Saturday thinking we would try to get up to Unnessesary Mountain (another big climb down and up after St Marks). This time we were greeted by low visibility and snow but the trail was pristine all the way. There was at least 0.5 to 1 m fresh snow and each step was hard work as we were sinking deep into the fresh powder. Some might say it is boring to do the same trail over and over again but far from it. The changing amounts of snow and snow drifts make it a challenge each time you do it. We finally pushed through the clouds right near the top of St Marks. Legs were too tired to go any further though and we decided to turn back after enjoying the sun for a bit. The way down was much quicker than up – sliding down the slopes in the fresh powder. Yippee!

Low visibility and snow at the start

Jeff cutting the trail across the slope

Sun felt warm on the skin after the hard work up - for about 5min

Jeff - the mountain hero

Winter Wonderland - ice crystals were sparkling in the air.

Winter Wonderland

 Sunday was a paddling day – finally. Jeff and I took our double surfski out to Deep Cove were we met up with Ben and John in their double ski. The Cove was flat calm and the rain turned into a light drizzle by the time we got started. It always rains on the North Shore (it was almost sunny at home in South Vancouver)!!!  The rain stopped completely during our 1.5hr steady paddle. It was nice to be out there  again with only very few other boaters (power that is) around.

Launching in Deep Cove

Looking down Indian Arm - the clouds are lifting


1 Comment »

  1. The sportsbra mountain picture is AWESOME… it really underscores how not-tough I am in the snow 😛

    Comment by catherine — December 3, 2010 @ 12:45 PM

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