Big Hike

P1090385_Fotor And to think we  (I) almost cancelled today’s hike!

Last night, the forecast called for rain. I phoned Penny – “Should we go? What do you think?”

“Let’s do it,” she said.

“Okey -dokey” I said.

And so we met at the first trailhead at 8.15 and set out on the trail at Cathedral Grove (second trailhead) at 8.30. I’d done this hike once before and approached it with some respect: I knew we were looking at a big elevation gain, some scrambling, not the best weather and a bit of route finding.

We were lucky – it didn’t rain. But oh, the wind! Pat estimated the gusts at 60 kph. I would say, “at least!” That was the top of Mount Horne, of course. although the trail has so many exposed sections that the wind gusted fairly badly up there for quite a while. Still, we took the obligatory summit photos and headed back down to the saddle – then up Mount Wesley – more wind but not as bad.

After that, it was a long, long trek across the ridge and finally back down to my car at the first trailhead about 7.45 hours later.

I am so glad we did this. Now, fresh out of a hot bubbly bath, I feel quite, quite wonderful. There are few things that feel as good as a well-worked body.

Another hike is planned (mega-hike up Mount Cokely) for Saturday.

I’m thinking about it. Of course I am! Sigh.P1090386_Fotor P1090389_Fotor P1090390_Fotor P1090391_Fotor P1090393_Fotor P1090394_Fotor P1090395_Fotor P1090397_Fotor P1090398_Fotor P1090399_Fotor P1090401_Fotor P1090403_Fotor

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