Saturday, January 16
There may have been too many cooks in the kitchen when it came to last weekend’s run plans. Our design-by-committee approach resulted in a 5 km climb up & down plus 15 km trail run (also including a good climb) on the Saturday plus a 30 km trail run on the Sunday. But it accommodated everyone’s schedules and distances, and was great training for me!
I woke up to my alarm at 3:45am Saturday for a 5am start (well 5:30am since we were a little late). We parked at the bottom of Grouse Mountain and headed up the BCMC with headlamps. The snow line was further up than we thought it would be. We stopped to put on our microspikes for well-needed traction.
We reached the lodge at the top just as a couple other people popped out of the Grind trail. We took a quick selfie, had a snack, turned around, and went back down the BCMC!
Near the bottom we ran into quite a few hikers starting up the trail. We made it back down to the parking lot just in time to meet friends for the next portion of the day. After a quick change into dry clothes, we headed off with a fairly big group for a 15 km trail run mostly along the Baden Powell. We also climbed up a mountain bike trail and hit some snow. I learned the hard way what “postholing” is. It was so much fun though!
Sunday, January 17
Six of us plus a couple dogs headed to Cultas Lake to run the deceptively tough 30 km route around the lake. A couple runners had plans to leave about halfway through due to other commitments. It was tough for the three of us to carry on with tired legs after having the option to leave. But we continued as planned, despite being cold and wet. It was a long slow day on the trails with sore quads but we eventually made it back to the car.