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September 19, 2011

Aug 27-28: First Hike of the season – ouch

Filed under: Canada, Hike — K2 in Canada @ 7:09 AM

Well we only hiked one of the days. Saturday was spent as a training day for the Length of the Lake race and Jeff and I took our single surfskis up Indian Arm. It was a beautiful day but I felt like sh.. in my boat and the 2hrs paddled which turned into 2hrs and 20min was no fun at all. Some days everything is just off….

So Sunday we decided to hike up a local mountain. Okay, we cheated a bit by driving up to Cypress and hike the Howe Sound Crest Trail to Unnecessary Mountain rather than starting from sea level – but hey it was the first hike of the season. It was a wonderful day – blue sky, warm but not too hot at that elevation and we went up at a good pace. The elevation gain isn’t really that much – 610m – but after you scale the first peak, St Marks, you drop down for a couple hundred meter before hiking up Unnecessary Mountain again adding at least another 300m. We stopped at the first peak since the views from up there are just as nice as the main peak. Another 50m down and up again twice wasn’t quite worth it. It was just gorgeous up there and we had a good rest before tracking down. We actually made really good time and hit the peak in just over 2hrs. The way back was almost as hard as the way up as you go through a lot of ups and downs along the way.  All in all the hike was 5.5hrs and what I didn’t realize until I checked the hiking guide at home almost 18km long! No wonder I was sore the next day – and I mean really sore around the bum section….

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