It was such a nice weekend we just had to get out there! Neil, Dave and I wanted to keep the outing simple and not too long. Next weekend we are doing a 100km's for the Vancouver100. Here we are on the top of Fork Peak in the Grouse area. Fork Peak has been added to the list of North Shore peaks included in this years Bagger Challenge. It is accessible via a very nice rolling trail at the end of Goat Ridge about 1km past Goat Mountain. We also bagged Goat and Dam while we were out there to make a trio of peaks for our first bagging outing of the year.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Saturday Neil and I had a good training run for the V100. We went from Grouse Mountain to Deep Cove on the Baden Powell trail ~ 25 km. (And a taxi back to the truck at Grouse Mtn!) When we hopped into the taxi the driver asked us how we got to Deep Cove? On foot...via the Baden Powell trail! He was impressed.
Sunday we climbed the BCMC trail which starts just east of the Grouse Grind. There were literally hundreds of people doing the Grind with it being a long weekend but for us on the adjacent BCMC, it was relatively peaceful. It is a steep difficult climb 853 meters (2, 800 feet) in 3 Km's. It was really muggy and the sweat was dripping from my forehead and stinging my eyes - forgot my favourite West Highland Way Buff which does the trick of keeping the sweat out of my eyes. Next time!
Sometimes you come across interesting creatures on the trail. This little guy is on the Baden Powell in the Grouse section. Anyone know the story of who he is cheering on??
Rough terrain! The trail is very eroded.
Lake trail - they felt great!
There are plenty of signs warning of Cougars this year - the real Cougars that is! ;-) There have been many sightings on the trails. Run/hike in pairs! Be safe. They are big Cats!
Here's Neil finishing the 110 mile Cateran Trail Race in the Spittal of Glenshee, Scotland a year ago this weekend. 26.5 hours! The event ran again this weekend and I think Neil would have liked to have been there. It's a fantastic event on a beautifully scenic course. Congratulations to all the runners this year in the 55 & 110 mile events.
Neil and brother Graeme are doing the Marathon de Ben Nevis in September (64km). See you then!
Sunday, May 10, 2015
This weekend we stayed at the farm and enjoyed running on the Hayward Lake Trail. This is my favourite running trail. It is very undulating which is such a good trainer. Saturday we did 2 hours as an out and back. They are still doing seismic upgrades on the hydro dam so you can't do a complete loop. Sunday we returned for 1 hour and challenged ourselves once again.
Fergus had a busy weekend!
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Craig took the photo!
The terrain is slow going and rough. Here is an old bridge that has danger signs on it not to cross. Of course some Team Dodgy members could not resist the bridge crossing. Filming it to boot to capture the demise of their dodgy friend.
Here's Neil and I crossing the creek - the sensible way. There are plenty of creek crossings Iike this on this section of the 100kms.
The Birdman Dave and his friend the Whiskey Jack eating right out of his hand. They love peanut butter sandwiches.
Looking forward to a week of spinning, running, biking, TRX and of course the upcoming weekend trail outings!