Yes, it was early – and it was so worth it. I mean – just look at these photos.
Simon and I have been wanting to do Lightening Ridge since we first heard about it and read about it. Today was our chance. It’s a two-plus hour drive to the trailhead and the weather was looking iffy. But off we went: me and seven men. Or, as we liked to call the group: Snow White and the Seven Nerds.
We gained about 700 K one way to the top – which means we did a lot more because Lightening Ridge is, after all, a ridge (surprise) and like most ridges tends to go uphill in both directions.
We hiked up through an amazing landscape with the sun breaking through every now and then. At the top, we stopped for a snack and to admire a glorious, otherworldly view, and then headed back down to Lightening Ridge Cabin – big one – with an actual table.
We got the fire going and had a lovely lunch. Then, two of our group headed up Baldy Rocks while the rest of us headed back to the vehicles at Kootenay Pass.
We carpooled with Francis, a new acquaintance who lives near us in New Denver. What a great new friend! He’s a crazy strong hiker who really knows the area and is quite, quite fearless. He is going to take Simon and me on some local hikes and I expect they’re going to be good ones.
He also happens to be a very nice man.
We are making friends in this club. KMC is just chock full of awfully nice people.