Snow was the furthest thing from my mind when we went running at Buntzen Lake on Saturday. But of course, as we climbed up the Diez Vista trail, there it was! And despite it being two days late, it finally felt like Christmas.
There was quite a good layer of snow going but so much that it would be a problem for trail shoes. I always dress on the warm side and bring layers so I was fine even with the little extra chill in the air. My Buff and gloves are staples in the winter time and luckily I was wearing my new 2XU thermal compression tights.
I brought my new GoPro Hero4 Silver and got some group shots using the remote. It took a little while to get the hang of but I’m loving it! We had a great run and pushed ourselves at the end with a hill climb and an uninterrupted 5k-ish stretch (no stopping, no photos) at the end.
The plan was to wake up before the crack of dawn, drive to just past Squamish, and snowshoe 20 km. However, since the road up to the trailhead is sketchy to begin with and there was a lot of snowfall, we decided to go to Manning Park instead.
We stopped in at the lodge to check on conditions and get directions to the trailhead. An employee told us we could either take the chair lift up to the trailhead or snowshoe up the ski hill. Of course we chose to climb up ourselves.
Near the top, we found a misleading sign labelled “Poland Lake” with an arrow pointing towards what we thought was a trail. But we were stumped after coming to a few dead ends. Eventually we found the real trail which must have started a little further up and followed it as far as we could.
We stopped for a quick break at the turn around. Jesse pulled out his little backpacking stove and whipped us up some mochas with instant coffee and hot chocolate mix. It was colder than I thought it would be so I put on another layer before we headed back.
In total we covered about 9 km and were eager to hit up the lodge’s coffee shop before our drive home.