October 28, 2012
The two of us haven't hiked since the Thompson/Crown weekend three weeks ago. The weather just hasn't cooperated on the weekends since. Weather forecast called for clouds/sunny breaks today, and very little chance of rain. We had to go for it.
Didn't want to drive far for a what may be a no view day, so we decided on Harvey. Short hike, but a good grunt to get back in hiking shape.
It felt as if I was really struggling right off the bat. No hike in three weeks and the heaviest pack I have carried in quite some time. No doubt Katie would make it, but was I going to...
There she is. Thoughts of being above the clouds ran through my mind after seeing this. : )
Going up the steep ridge was tough. A mix of snow, dirt, roots, and rocks. Crampons went on about 20 min. from the top of the ridge.
About 30cm of snow here. If someone hadn't been up in the last day or two, snowshoes would have been handy from here.
Ridge walking. Knee deep in spots, and I was post-holing down to the ground, so it was rough trying to walk with some balance. Not knowing what your foot was to land on, the ankles really got tested through this stretch.
Final moments of the ridge, before the...
...steep grunt up to the summit.
Summit cairn within view. About 40cm up here.
Various shots of Katie posing on said cairn. I don't know what she was staring at, but she stayed put and I clicked away as I circled. : )
Big group photo. I threw a snowball at the camera to get her to look in that direction. : )
No views, but no wind. Snow was wet.
Thought about staying longer to see if that sun above my head was going to break through, but we were both chilling down, and decided to get moving.
Beating up a stick. : )
Enjoying our first rays of sun. Ya, it always comes out on the way down. : )
Had a little break here to take off the crampons, and soak in some more sunshine. : )
Clouds continued to roll in and out once back on the road. At least we got some colour from the day. : )
I'm going to end this one with a little bit of sunshine coming at ya. : )