This morning, Pat and I met up and tackled Mount Benson via the Climbers Route. And back down Tu’Tuxw’Tun – so all in all, the longest route. We were not out to break speed records as most people are who go straight up. In fact, we met no one going our way. Why? Well, at a fairly leisurely pace, it took us slightly more than 3 hours to get to the top. And yes, we talked a lot, took photos, stopped for a snack – and had a really nice time.
I enjoy Pat’s company – and that’s good because he’s my hiking partner next week for the Jack Augerpoint traverse so we’re going to have to put up with each other for four days.
I think it’s going to work out just fine.
I’d forgotten how steep this route is – both up and down – with a bit of scrambling here and there. And I loved it. It felt good, particularly given that my leg didn’t hurt (yay!) and my back, which was twinging this morning, behaved perfectly and is now A-OK.
Yes – a super hike but also heart-breaking to see the clear cuts behind the mountain. No – I did not take photos. I couldn’t even bear to look too much. This is the big problem here: private land and Timber West can do what it likes – and what it likes is massive deforestation.
Deep breath. Yes, I will do something about it. I will do it in my way (politically) and in a way that allows me to retain joy.
Meanwhile, Let me tell you about breakfast: Muesli with at least a pound of ripe, sweet blackberries. OMG! Heaven in a bowl. More of the same tomorrow. But then, I suspect I will have to pick more tomorrow. But hey! We have more: lots more – all growing back there and just begging to be picked. By me!
Oil change tomorrow.
Hiking on Thursday.