Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lorna Lake Drop - Chilcotin Mountian Biking

I went to the Chilcotins in 2010 and vowed that this would be a place to return to year after year. It is amazing how life seems to get in the way of these sort of trips and it took 4 years to return. This really is a mountain bikers playground with miles of scenic fun single track to enjoy.

Day 1 - Float Plane Drop to Lorna Lake - Big Creek to Elbow Pass - Tyaughton Creek - Spruce Lake (gear dropped here by plane) (5-6 hoursih)
Day 2 - 
Group 1 - High Trail to Windy Pass - Spruce Peak Ridge Ride - High Trail back to Spruce Lake (6 hours ish)
Group 2 - Tyaughton Creek  to Deer Pass - Trigger Lake - Hummingbird Lake - Spruce Lake (8 hours ish)
Day 3 - Gun Creek Trail - Tyax Lodge Patio ( 3 hours ish)

The weather was perfect - warm days and cool nights, no bugs and a great crew to ride with. The food was fantastic - from steaks to BLTs to the unburnable Yun Pup to dinosaur egg oatmeal. A lucky floatplane rescue of another group at Lorna Lake reminded us of how remote some of this area is. 

Ride Fast - Take Chances
Ron charging through Big Creek 
The Robertson Conquerors

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Brohm Ridge Hike

We had a wonderful day up on Brohm ridge sept 6th. This was Gran Fondo day in Squamish so we got an early start to avoid road closures. This area has such high potential for public use but the current access is really limiting as it took - 2 x delicas w 7 people took about an hour to get up the very rough Cat Lake FSR from the highway. The road gets progressively worse as you go. We parked at the gate 1385m after briefly descending we climbed up past the snowmobile cabin to the height of the ridge at 1700m - this is the most tiring part of the hike. There were a few people at the snowmobile cabin doing some maintenance to the road. We took a break at the highpoint to change Mark and Arlo's diapers - it was a little weird watching Laura (mark's new fiance) change his diaper but you know, whatever floats your boat. Though it was foretasted to be very hot in town, the breeze and the cool alpine air were quite refreshing and best of all there were no bugs.

From here the walk undulates along the ridge and is actually a really good bike ride. There was only one group of dirt bikes up there on this day and they just went up and back sticking to the trail. We had lunch around 1900m, this is the park boundary and there is a quick bit of exposure on the trail get passed (this could be bypassed by taking a low route through boulder fields) a few others continued another km up the ridge to the edge of the Warren Glacier at around 2100m. About 6 hours of hiking round rip with a number of stops.
Mt Garibaldi ....and Mark looking good - you may not be able to see greg because he is skinnty and his shirt isn't there too take up space 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

CFFOV in Squamish

This is not really my adventure but rather one of my mother's. All of my spirit of exploration I get from my parents, they spent many days when I was a teenager at the cottage exploring the back-roads of northern Ontario. My mother last flew CFFOV across the country in 1992 when she flew from Ontario to Alaska I remember crying on the dock at the cottage when she arrived back and then had to leave again to drop her copilot off in Toronto.  This time Squamish was the final destination, It took her three days to fly across the country with my Uncle Alan in good weather (except for a bit of a headwind). When she was here we went for a number of flights around Squamish along with one up to Desolation Sound and one over the mountains through the Salmon Inlet over to Howe Sound, flying along the back of the Tantalus range was truly awe inspiring.

Above Woodfibre

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Arlo's First Chief

Uncle Cam and Aunt Christine are here so we decided to go for a jaunt up iconic Squamish Chief. Arlo behaved himself the whole way up and down (slept). We got a lot of looks from other people on the trail. This will be the last time I carry him up - next time he has to do it all on his own.


This is a baby blog now

Ok how can I resist one post - Arlo Cameron Norman at a whopping 8lbs 12oz showed up after 24 hours of labour. Sarah was a champ and i'm a very proud father. Arlo hopefully you will read this blog someday and see how fun your father used to be.

Yes Arlo, welcome to the outside world - life is difficult

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Rainbow Drop

It took me allll day a few years ago to get to the top of rainbow mountain w Pascal via the SE ridge passing false summit after false summit. When we arrived a helicopter dropped a group of skiers right on the summit beside us. We did one run on E glacier and I told myself that was the last time that I would climb rainbow from valley bottom. A heli drop is clearly a much more sophisticated way of visiting this popular mountain right across the valley from Whistler. The plan was to get dropped up high and then do a number of laps in the alpine / at tree line. There was a cloud cap on the summit, the helicopter went in for a closer look but it wasn't going to be able to land  there so it dropped us on a nearby shoulder. 

I'm not sure if that is a smile or a grimace - Whistler Blackcomb in the background photo cred Jake