Another mid-week day off and no concrete plans for any mountains, so I decided to try something alittle different. I'm not a trail runner and have never trained or done any form of the new sport, I don't own any spandex, I don't even own a drinking bladder at this point but nonetheless I decided to go hike the Baden Powell West to East. Up early in Tsawwassen, drove to Park Royal where I left my car, caught the 6:20am bus to Horseshoe Bay, and started off at the trailhead at 6:45am.
Had no problems finding the trail it's pretty well marked , hit the boulder field where you get some views, steep trail for abit and then bust out on Eagle Ridge Bluffs?
Made my way towards Black Mountain, got off track at a junction for abit and ended up at Yew Lake lookout? DOH! headed back to the junction. Cost me 5 minutes then it was basically straight down to the Cypress ski Lodge.
Cutting below Hollyburn, kicked me out onto the X-Country runs, past the warming hut, and then past the old Hollyburn Lodge that seems to be getting an extreme makeover.
More downhill, cruising by the British Properties houses, and then hooking up with a section of the Trans Canada Trail, then under some power lines and peoples backyards down to the Cleveland dam. Reminds me of National Lampoons Vegas Vacation where Eddie is at the Hover Dam, asking where he can find some dam bait, and some dam beer.
Back to civilization, tourists everywhere, a nice lovely uphill slog up Nancy Greene Way to the base of the grind.
It was at this point somewhere past the skyline trail that I came across a lady walking the same directions I was going. She had 4 dog not on leashes. So right away the dogs started barking at me and 2 came charging at me. I asked her to control her dogs nicely, she didn't comply. Now all 4 dogs were around me barking and being aggressive. I now started yelling at her to get her dogs under control. Her reply was " if I don't like dogs and am afraid of dogs I shouldn't be out in this area or out in nature. Oh and then she said what am I going to do if I run into a bear or a cougar lol! Finally fed up with these dogs I now started swearing at her and giving her a piece of my mind in a very colourful manner that some of you can just imagine. My only regret is not having any bear spray and unloading a can over all of them. Before you some of you say that's a tad extreme, I passed by many dogs on this trip some on leash some off leash and they were all fine well behaved animals/owners. Anyways that gave me my second wind that I needed and got my blood flowing.
This is a water refill tap I think in the Lynn Canyon area? that was a nice surprise and refreshing, Got back to tourist land again as I crossed the suspension bridge. It was around this point they started putting distances on the junction signs, that really sucked and any from of trail jogging ceased to exist.
It was all uphill on the Seymour section, just what you need another 850ft this late in the journey. Then it was downhill crossing the road twice, into Deep Cove where you think you're so close but there is actually more ups and downs.
Tons of people doing the Quarry Rock hike. Finally the Eastern trailhead is insight, 48km later according the the posts and knee knacker website. all done. Gate to Gate breaks included was 9hr 55min. Definitely not a course record and I have a new found respect for people that do that trail in some disgusting times.
If there was one time I wanted a 6 pack of beer or maybe just 1 beer was on this beautiful sunny day, instead I went and stripped down to my briefs and jumped in the water, then went and caught the bus back to Park Royal. The next morning I could have used some WD-40 on my right ankle.