Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Surret, B.C., Canada.
Interest: hiking,biking and kyaking
Well it has been a long time since my leg injury,going to physio and exercising my leg into shape almost 7 months back.I was wanting to see how I could do on a long and steep journey.Blucrusin called and asked if I could do Skyline Divide trail on Mt. Baker.I accepted this challange to test my strength and endurance.We left Abbottsford at 7:15 am,got threw the border in 25 min.,arrived at the trail head around 9:00 am.On the way up into the thick and moist fog a big owl swooped over us and rested ahead.Sue quickly stoped and grabbed her camera to get some shots,then it quickly flew away.The trail was wet and slippery in some sections with a fare amount of fallen trees cut away from wind damage.The park rangers even put in some new steps along the way.Up on top in the meadows the flowers are still in bloom and fadeing away.At the top of the ridge sprang up a tent city,I guess a lot of people camp up here overnight to see the sunset and the stars at night,sounds cool!My leg was still doing well,no pain yet.The trail follows along the ridge going up ,down or around the peaks.We arrived at a spot were you culd go down into the valley and proceeded.It takes you past a few nice camp spots and a creek for water,then it stops a short time latter.We then decided to get to the ridge trail.Instead of going all the way back to junction we headed up a bowl,switch backing along the way to the top.What a grunt that was!Made it up very carefully without twisting my ankle.The ridge trail was worth the effort wth some good views in the fog and starting to part away in the sun.As we headed back still no sign of Mt. Baker shrouded in heavy fog.It still was a great trip .Comming back down was a little harder on my knees with some pain around my ankles,aspirin helps.Headed into Abbottsford arrond 5:30 pm.Thanks again Sue for hiking with me on my adventurous return.