Thursday, August 2, 2018

Trip Report - Mt. Bourgeau

Our friends invited us along to celebrate a milestone b-day with a hike up to the top of Mt. Bourgeau this past Saturday. We had the summit largely to ourselves after the threat of thunder and lightning chased off the larger groups that arrived a few minutes before us, only for the skies to clear up for a brief window. Serendipity!

While the route was mostly an easy hike presenting few difficulties, it was lengthy (25km roundtrip, ~40,000 steps according to our phones), and involved 1500m of total elevation gain topping out at 2930m above sea level. At one point, Anita had a bit of a meltdown as she complained of hunger with 'WHY IS IT FAACKING SNOWING ON ME WHEN ALL I WANT TO DO IS EAT MY SANDWICH DAMMMITTTT!!!' followed by an angry trudge to the top complete with stomping feet and an expression that screamed 'THIS IS BULLSHIT!'

All said, it took us around 10h40, with a stop for a b-day celebration at Bourgeau Lake on our descent, featuring cupcakes and tequila. Mountains, Summit Beer, Tequila, Cupcakes, and more Beer = a near perfect outing (minus the spousal meltdown).

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This was the point where the epic meltdown started.

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Marmot!!

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First it was rain, then it became pellet-ish snow, then it was thunder and lightning.

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Summit Brew: Citizen Brewing Company's NW Pale Ale

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Trip Report: Grizzly Ridge

We took Emily, Jasmine, and her doggo Theo out on an easy hike up Grizzly Ridge this past weekend, in the Highwood Pass area. I believe Emily thinks I don't know what the word 'easy' means, but I contest that. It was a perfectly pleasant and cool sunny day... that is, until it wasn't. As we stopped for lunch, it began to snow on us, because you know, July in Canada. Fortunately we were right at the northern edge of the weather system, and it only lasted for a few minutes, before moving past us to the south.

The theme of the day was making new friends, as we added an extra member to our group when a girl was out of her element on the neighbouring mountain, Mt. Tyrhwitt. We helped her down and she opted to join us for a less technical ascent up Grizzly Ridge instead. Theo also made a new friend, a gopher we nicknamed Alan, who would scream bloody murder after being playfully shaken around in Theo's mouth a few times before escaping.

For those of you who are looking for a hike with minimal effort, but maximal views from the top, Grizzly Ridge definitely fits that bill.

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Summit Brew: Clifford Brewing Co's Pinball Wizard APA.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Trip Report - Heart Mtn/ Grant MacEwan Peak/ Unnamed Tower

Sooo... when your spouse says, 'Can we just do a short hike up heart mountain' (maybe 4 hrs return), and you respond with 'Yes', but fail to mention that you intend to summit Heart, then continue on to the next mountain over, and then continue on to an unnamed third peak even higher, with a stupid sketchy cliff... Is that Kosher? Asking for a friend.

And in unrelated photos, here are some shots from our scramble up Heart Mountain, followed by a trek to Grant MacEwan Peak, followed by another long-ish scramble up the west tower of an unnamed summit to the south, for a long and tiring day of hiking. It was epic (my description), or 'never again' (her description).

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Looking back towards Lac Des Arc on the front side of Heart Mountain's summit.

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Anita giving the victory pose, even though she gave up just shy of summiting the third peak.

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On the ridge towards Grant MacEwan Peak.

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Had to down climb this cliff face, which was most definitely not a good time.

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Another look at the cliff face.

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This one gives you a sense of how much elevation we gained and lost repeatedly, as we trekked along the lengthy ridge between peaks.

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The final push up to the summit involved a steep scramble on a slab, or else a steep scree slog.

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Looking back to where Anita called it quits.

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Well earned summit beer.

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If you look closely, you can see a red speck in the middle, which is Anita and her backpack.

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