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Posted by on Aug 7, 2011 in Hiking | 0 comments

Twin Lakes- Barkley Valley

Twin Lakes- Barkley Valley

When I enter into sub alpine territory I am in complete awe of the beauty around me and just melt as though I have fallen in love.  It might be the fresh air, the green valley’s, alpine flowers, towering peaks, marmot whistles, animal sightings,  rushing creeks, blue skies or fantastic company, but one thing is for certain something is ignited inside of me and life seems simple, calm and peaceful.  Our trip to Twin lakes on July 31st took us through Barkley valley  in the Cayoosh range located northeast of Pemberton. which was amazing even though it rained for a couple hours and the sun only came out at the beginning and the end of the trip.  Andrew and I left at 5:30 am  with my friend’s dog Nevi as she was away on a guiding trip and couldn’t take her dog on the kayak.  Nevi was super excited and she knew right away she was going on an adventure.  Of course she probably hiked more then us as she would run ahead turn around and come back for most of the hike.  Nevi loves water and I kept telling her there was a lake at the top, but unfortunately it was half covered with snow and ice and there was nowhere safe for her to swim.  We also hiked further along Barkley Valley in the which was first inhabited by the first nations people who lived and recreated throughout this region.   In winter this an avalanche corridor and the evidence hadn’t yet melted as we passed six slides of snow that had ripped in half some big trees.  It looked like a war zone.  Again it was great training but most importantly lots of fun!  The trail is double tracked most of the way and would be a nice trail run to the top and back.  Although ATV’s are welcome we didn’t see anyone during our 11 hours in the valley.

 

Andrew

 

self entertaining with bubbles in water

 

crossing creek without getting feet wet

 

twin lakes, 6500 feet

 

alpine flowers

 

Nevi wanted to play on the snow: This valley is a high area for avalanches in winter, spring as we passed across 6 snow slide areas.

 

 

finally some sun

 

Nevi

 

my favorite

 

love orange

 

wild strawberries: this little guy packs an explosion of flavour, I guess mother nature knows how to do it best!

 

 

Have fun out there!

 

Kristie Elliot

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 in Hiking | 0 comments

Rainbow lake

Rainbow lake

Unfortunately this summer is the summer of winter around here. Fat dog 100 from Cathedral provincial park to Manning park just got canceled due to mountains of snow.  Knee knacker 2011 had plenty of snow to run on or through depending on where your foot landed and trying to hike up peaks as training has become more difficult due to the snow or less desirable due to weather conditions.  Though I have to say training has been so much fun this year exploring new trails, hiking through snow, adventuring with new people, and stopping to smell the roses more often.  On our second last adventure Andrew said that I complained that the hike wasn’t as steep as the guide book had told us and instead I missed out on some cool nature details that he observed on our way up Sigurd creek.  Last week, heading of High falls and yesterday I enjoyed the hikes immensely because I let go of any training expectations, took in my surrounding and just had fun.

So don’t forget to stop and take a look around, or take in a deep breath of amazing mountain air every once in awhile.

taking it all in!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we approached Rainbow lake I said to Andrew “Wow, I can’t wait to come back here in the summer when all the ice is melted”  Ah wait, it is summer, July 17th to be exact, the middle of summer!   We did take snowshoes but I wasn’t planning on wearing them.  Boy did they save me from slipping as we climbed toward rainbow peak.  However, we turned around as the weather started to turn dark and rainy.

Rainbow lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew and I goofing around

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have fun out there!

Kristie Elliot

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