Vancouver, BCCanada V6Z 1A1
December 28, 2012
I'm a very keen hiker and out most weekends. I snowshoe a lot more in the winter but have also sought out snow on higher ground in the summer. I sometimes join Wanderung hikes but the pace can be too slow. I hike, swim, run, or cycle most days.
Yes. This is me near Mount Joffre after an evening in Keith's Hut (summer 2011). I was out with more experienced friends getting familiar with my crampons and ice axe. We did some serious butt-sliding and practised self-arrests.
The most serious snowshoe hike I did was Tricouni Peak (spring 2012), then after that The Lions, Elfin Lakes, and then I think just Seymour's first / second peak a bunch of times. My bigger non-snowshoe hikes have been Keith's Hut and part way up Joffre (I didn't have the right safety gear to go further), Russet Lake from Whistler (not using the gondola) with an overnight camp and then back to Whistler over Musical Bumps, Brunswick. I've also done a lot of the North Shore hikes that I know about. I like to take my dog hiking whenever I can but she's not well suited to spending all day in the snow so she doesn't come snowshoeing.
My Grouse Grind time was 45 minutes. I've only done it once and it was snowing out, but I don't know if I would have been faster or slower in different conditions. Yesterday I did an 11K run in 53 minutes. My longest snowshoe was around 8 hours and I was really tired afterwards, although it was my first snowshoe in a couple of months. I generally do some serious exercise most days, either running, cycling, swimming, or hiking.
I have a 4WD Pathfinder with all season tires and a set of snow chains. I'm thinking about getting rid of it soon but only in exchange for another 4WD or AWD like an Outback.
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