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post #16 of (permalink) Old 05-25-2021, 01:13 PM
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Hat Mountain in yesterday's amazing weather.

in a perfect world there would be a hiking guidebook called, perhaps, "A Dog's Guide to Epic Mountain Adventures", by Katie with introduction + footnotes by John, filled with delightful pics + anecdotes

I'd buy 5 of them
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in a perfect world there would be a hiking guidebook called, perhaps, "A Dog's Guide to Epic Mountain Adventures", by Katie with introduction + footnotes by John, filled with delightful pics + anecdotes

I'd buy 5 of them
Thanks xj6, really appreciate reading that today. : )
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in a perfect world there would be a hiking guidebook called, perhaps, "A Dog's Guide to Epic Mountain Adventures", by Katie with introduction + footnotes by John, filled with delightful pics + anecdotes

I'd buy 5 of them

I'd contribute can of sardines!
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Deeks Peak via the seldom used Deeks Bypass Trail yesterday. Discreetly jumped off the Deeks Lake trail around 580m elevation. Still easy to miss, as it doesn't seem to see a lot of use and I don't think the junction is marked in any way.
Lots of fresh flagging to mark the way since we first did it snow free several years ago. Trail is still faint, so you have to keep a sharp eye as it zigs and zags it way up the steep grade. Not bushy at all lower down. Higher up it was bushy several years ago, but that was all buried under steep snow yesterday, as were any signs of flagging.
Around 1450m elevation we popped out onto that bench like feature again and had that very steep little path up staring at us. You can either go straight up, as we did, or you can head left (north) to join up with the trail coming up from Kallahne Lake. I copied Katie and used all 4's to get up with ice axe in one hand and her leash in the other. Crampons on. I still haven't decided if that was fun or not, however. 🙈
Once we got up that, we connected up with the Kallahne route around 1525m and came across fresh ascent tracks from that direction. Never did see anyone.
Topped out on Deeks, but didn't stick around long. I wanted to get all uncertainties out of the way before settling for lunch, so we continued with our planned loop.
The typical trail heads east off the summit (as did the person in front of us) and has one troublesome step below for a dog, so we descended steeply south for a bit and then rejoined the typical route eastward to avoid the step. Once that was out of the way, it was just a matter of making our way down to the Windsor/Deeks Pass, and we finally settled for a good long lunch to unwind.
From there we made our way down to Deeks Lake and then trudged our way back to the Porteau Rd. lot.
Big beautiful day. Felt like an adventure. Katie was bagged. May have asked for too much from her on this one. 🐾🤞
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South Needle via Lynn Ridge in Lynn Headwaters Park today. Parked outside the gate and along Lynn Valley Road. Dark, dreary and wet for the ascent.

First time in runners this year and it felt so good. No microspikes needed. Only a few patches of snow around, and it's mostly on the flat and wide sections of Lynn Ridge. Didn't have to ascend or descend any snow.

A few new big blowdowns to go over/under/around since we last did it. Getting bushy too. Was rubbing shoulders with a lot of wet bush. Perhaps because they were saturated.

Didn't have a look at the north side descent of the South Needle, as she retired from that route a few years ago. Third pic is the start of it. Rumour has it that there is a fixed rope there now, but she don't do ropes. 😝

Pre-vestibular, Katie always did this on her own, but she needed quite a few butt boosts this time around. Also leashed her up for the final ascent. Was always one of her favourites too. She doesn't really like me boosting or lifting her, so she may have changed her mind. 🐾😁
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Katie went to the vet about a week ago to inquire about yet another round of lipoma removals. The vet recommended just leaving them alone this time because they are not bothering her in any way. The trouble is they just keep growing. I thought it would be good to get rid of them now while she is still strong, but there is that risk at her age.

We set out for another trip up to the north peak of Unnecessary Mtn. today. We went up the west ridge trail from Lions Bay. One of our favourite routes accessed from there. Such a beautiful trail, forest and ridge. A steep bugger. Sees few people.

Had to park a few blocks down from the cul-de-sac trailhead to find some free parking. Wasn't so bad.

Salmonberries....and huckleberries to be had.

Bugs were annoying, but not too bad.

Had to leash her up for most of the scramble bits enroute...too risky.

No traction devices used. I was in boots and they were fine.

We stopped at the bottom of the final ascent up to Uneccessary North. Too much hard snow on that initial steep traverse for us. Come July 1st it should be good to go.

Warm day, even with the low clouds. I was sweating like a pig. Do pigs sweat?

Was another great day up high. 🐾👍
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Those J+K posts. Keep 'em coming John. They are a delight

Pigs don't sweat, that's why they roll in mud to cool off.

Hope Katie doesn't roll in mud
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Suicide Bluffs to Dog Mtn. and back the same way this morning. Left the overnight lot around 5:30 to beat the afternoon heat. Hard to believe, but we went right by the turn off for Suicide Bluffs and it didn't occur to me until hitting Brockton Point. I must have been in some really deep thoughts.

Still some patchy snow throughout the trail. I was in runners and did fine without spikes. She needed a butt boost here and there. Lots of water for her throughout. Comfortable temperatures that early in the morning and mostly being under tree cover.

Except for the Seymour trail, we had it all to ourselves...even Dog Mtn. Done by 9:30.

She done good. : )
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Suicide Bluffs to Dog Mtn. and back the same way this morning.

She done good. : )

Glad Katie done good! 🐕
That's a bit odd direction; I'd usually do it as clockwise loop (Parking - Dog - Suicide - Seymour trail - Parking). Did you do it this way to get bit more hiking? You could have extended then to Pencier bluffs. (Parking - Dog - Suicide - Brockton - Pencier - Mystery - Parking)

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Glad Katie done good! 🐕
That's a bit odd direction; I'd usually do it as clockwise loop (Parking - Dog - Suicide - Seymour trail - Parking). Did you do it this way to get bit more hiking? You could have extended then to Pencier bluffs. (Parking - Dog - Suicide - Brockton - Pencier - Mystery - Parking)
Ya, loops are always nice, but I don't like the Dog Mtn. trail. We've done it once and that was enough. Both Katie and I enjoy the SB trail, and in both directions. I don't have air conditioning in my truck, so we were looking for a short day too.
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Outram (subpeak) for Canada Day, and we found ourselves above the clouds. : )
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Outram (subpeak) for Canada Day, and we found ourselves above the clouds. : )




Someone seriously overheated ;=)
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Hey guys, Katie here. I can't read worth a damn, but I have heard rumours that John has been doing a lot of talking about me over the years here on Clubtread. All good words I hope. Anyway, I thought I would just pop in for a second and say a brief hello. I gather there is no need to introduce myself......
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Hey guys, Katie here. I can't read worth a damn, but I have heard rumours that John has been doing a lot of talking about me over the years here on Clubtread. All good words I hope. Anyway, I thought I would just pop in for a second and say a brief hello. I gather there is no need to introduce myself......

Nice to hear from you Katie!

Give John a bite on his behind when he feeds you all that soggy fish on mountain summits 🐶
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