Apologies it has been a few weeks since I have posted but sometimes life gets in the way and unfortunately my blog was one of the things that gathered dust and mothballs.
If you’re a trail runner then you really need to tip your hat to Baden Powell and be prepared. Any run, no matter how simple, needs thought and planning as there can be so many variables such as wildlife, changing weather conditions and remote location if it’s a back country trail.
In the past few weeks I have been to Manning Park which is heading out towards the interior of BC and Golden Ears Park which is heading further out into the Lower Mainland of BC. Manning Park is quite far from civilization and Golden Ears is closer to civilization but still the trails I took would be considered backcountry or wilderness and not easily accessible by search and rescue; should something go wrong.
So turning to Manning Park, I went to the park with trail running buddies Terry and Scott and would be running part of the Frosty Mountain 50k. Frosty Mountain is an apt name as when myself, Terry and Scott got to the top ridge just below the peak snow storm blew in maybe 5-10 minutes afterwards. We were prepared as we all carried the ten essentials but as you can imagine the temperature dropped dramatically and so did visibility. It was an amazing sight to behold and it makes you realize how quickly things can change, and why being prepared and carrying the ten essentials and suitable clothing for weather change is important when up in the alpines.
Another thing that I saw on the route to Frosty was elks and I heard some grunts and branches moving which may well could have been a bear, so you have to be wildlife aware when you’re out on the trails. When we headed down from Frosty, the snow cleared and the sun made an appearance, so it really brings home how quickly things can change.
The latest outing to Golden Ears was with Marc, Scott, Lara, Johnny and Ali and the route we decided on was to head up to Evans Peak, and if things went well then head up to Allouette Peak. Trail running as its name might suggest would indicate running, but it’s not always possible to run every trail and every part of a trail, so sometimes power hiking is involved. So we ran the runnable sections and hiked the other sections and eventually made it up to Evans peak.
The trail was well marked and when we reached the peak ,we had some views however mist kept rolling in and out. This highlighted the fact without knowledge of the route you’re taking and lack of maps, compasses, trail markings etc you could easily become lost. This brings me to the fact that Evans Peak was named after a local family, who unfortunately went missing many years ago and the peak has a plaque dedicated to the family’s loss. After Evans we headed up Allouette peak which required some bouldering and scrambling, and with drizzle we took care not to slip. The reward at the peak was even more mist than Evans, but we still had a great time getting to the peak and the way back down was fun and challenging.
It was no surprise that we got back to the parking lot and the sun broke out, but that’s the chance you take and it’s always better to set off early and miss the views, than hit the trail too late and risk having a challenging route back down in the dark or fading light.