|Me, descending from Mt Burke|
From the brambles and flat "downs" of England, where we covered 105k in a week with barely 800 metres of gain, we have hit the Canadian Rockies in all her steep glory, covering 115k in a week - and with 3900 metres of gain!
We have summitted Jewel Pass over the "Prairie View" loop and run the Powderface trail on a Wednesday night, covering 15k with +800 mtr (bonus for me in there with a wee bit of sheepdogging).
|Rolf at the old fire lookout (circa 1954 - the lookout, not Rolf!)|
This past Sunday we did an all day run - leaving home at 6 AM, we drove 2 hours into the heart of the mountains and did a "3 peak" run. You know you're with the right group of people when you post an all-day 40k 3-peak run with two days' notice and get 8 replies! So 10 of us started from the base of Mt Burke, for the 900 metre climb to the summit at nearly 2540 metres. Until it closed in the 1950s, it was the highest fire lookout in Canada. It's amazing that after another 60 years of weathering blizzards and sun, it still stands.
On our descent from Burke, we run into another ultra runner, Wayne, with two others, doing a day hike up Burke. It's a brief chin wag, sadly, as we must keep moving to bag all three peaks in the day. You never know where you might run into a problem with navigation or otherwise that could slow the group down.
|Another peak (Raspberry), another picnic!|
In the cars for a 30 minute drive over to Mt Lipsett, losing one more runner to time constraints on his part. Now we are 5 going the 700 metres up Lipsett, to summit at nearly 2600 metres. On the way up, we meet our other party of 3 coming down. They won't be convinced to come back up with us! They have their eyes firmly on their tailgate treats in the car and a soak for their legs in a stream.
|On Mt Lipsett, 5 PM in blazing sun, the last peak!|
The next two days stairs are not my friend! This day basically mimicked what we need to do for TransAlps for 8 days straight: average 40k/day with +1800 mtrs. Thank goodness we have another week here to train!