So – back from an overnighter on Mount Gibson. What a glorious hike!
We set off from the trailhead at about 11 and got to the top at about 4.30 p.m. Naturally we stopped for lunch along the way and we certainly were not in a hurry – not with heavy packs. And I had an odd problem that started about two-thirds of the way up (in the bushwhack section). I don’t know if it was a pinched nerve – and it could well have been, – but my left leg kept collapsing under me. And then it hurt and then it collapsed and on and on. Happily, for a time it recovered – then did its collapse thing again. I don’t think I slowed us down too too much, but I know it didn’t help.
And then of course, there were the frequent stops to re-tie my bootlaces as the shrubbery attacked them ferociously.
That said, getting to the top was glorious – the view, especially of Mount Klitsa, from the top is special. We set up our tents and then, simply enjoyed the sunset and the beauty of this place we were in.
I think, other than that, I will simply let the photos do the talking. And I may have more to report tomorrow – as I think about it. This morning I re-arranged my backpack to take any pressure off my hips and after about an hour heading down, the pain and collapse syndrome disappeared. I was delighted. And we made it back down in 3.5 hours, even with the bushwhacking. So – good for us!
I loved the days – loved the company: three of my favourite people – how could we possibly go wrong.
And now it feels so good to be sparkling clean from a shower, to know I have a day off tomorrow and to know that I am going for a big full day hike in Strathcona on Monday.