New Hiking Season Started

After we symbolically opened a new 2013. hiking season by walking on Capilano trail in West Vancouver last week…
Lions above Capilano Lake
… we decided to go to Lynn Headwaters Park today. A sky, after almost two months of raining, cleared up today. It was nice, sunny and cold.

Not as much snow as it should be in this part of a year, but enough to slow us down somewhat. We wanted to go to Norvan Falls – I was never there so it would be a good opportunity to put another dot on that map ๐Ÿ˜‰ But we started hiking too late, and by the time we reached 5th kilometer – we needed two more to reach the falls – it was 2pm and we decided to return. A trail was not that hard but was icy and slippery and we didn't want to risk to return while the night falls. The information on info board said that sunset is around 4:30pm but sun goes fast behind mountains even earlier. Risking to end up with a broken leg, at the beginning of a year didn't sound like a good idea.

Anyway, we had a nice 10km hike on a sunny weather. Maybe soon we go somewhere with much more snow. We will see ๐Ÿ˜€

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64 Responses to New Hiking Season Started

  1. studio41 says:

    You guys are going to have great hiking adventures all year, I imagine! EnJOY.That first picture is gorgeous! Happy new year to you and San!

  2. SittingFox says:

    Less snow than usual, perhaps, but still very pretty :)Broken legs are never a good idea, and especially not at the start of a new year.

  3. Suntana says:

    So, a leisurely 10 Kilometer hike? :eyes:A 6ยผ Mile hike in the snow? Voluntarily? :insane:And you want to next time go where there's more snow? Sooo, I see the trail was NOT that hard … just icy, slippery and in general had a high fall and break your skull factor, Eh? :yikes: Did y'all at least carry enough Grizzly Bear Repellent?

  4. gdare says:

    Jill, thanks!Adele, there was maybe 20-30cm of snow. But they say there are a lot more on Grouse mountain and Cypress, over 2m. But in general, this winter is even warmer than the last one :left:Carlos, we always carry stuff to scare bears. You never know… :left::P

  5. derWandersmann says:

    What do you carry? I use the UDAP Pepper Spray … it will stop a charge. Of course, if it doesn't, I carry a heavy-caliber handgun, stuffed with the most powerful stuff I can fire in it … just in case. But you Canajuns are rather limited in that respect. But, even in Grizzly country, I've never had to use either, which is just as well. It's always better to be prepared, and not need it, than to need it and not be prepared.On the other hand, there's this guy (written in a somewhat vulgar style, but accurate, for all that):http://www.badassoftheweek.com/akeley.html

  6. sanshan says:

    I have a nice bruise on my hip where I fell on the ice! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  7. sanshan says:

    There are no grizzlies here. We don't carry anything; Dare just sings "The Happy Wanderer" and that scares the black bears away. ๐Ÿ™„

  8. derWandersmann says:

    LOL …

  9. Suntana says:

    Ohhh, so the secret's out. Darko can't carry a tune in a bucket, huh?

  10. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by sanshan:

    There are no grizzlies here. We don't carry anything; Dare just sings "The Happy Wanderer" and that scares the black bears away. ๐Ÿ™„

    ๐Ÿ˜† just make sure he keeps singing on pitch! ๐Ÿ˜€ :sing: Take care of your hip, San.

  11. sanshan says:

    Oh he sings beautifully; that's how I really fell in love with him. Singing old Croatian love songs….:happy:But, when he sings old German folk songs with a Pakistani accent, well, do I need to explain any further? :whistle:

  12. Suntana says:

    Originally posted by sanshan:

    But, when he sings old German folk songs with a Pakistani accent, well, do I need to explain any further? :whistle:

    :no: :no: :no:

  13. Suntana says:

    Has anyone else noticed that right there in the top middle of the 1st photo, the 2 peaks look like a guy's head lying down … snoring? REALLY! You can see the bottom of his chin, the open mouth and the distinctive nose. I have a feeling Darko won't see it because way sometime in the past he couldn't see some images in some cloud formations.

  14. sanshan says:

    Originally posted by Suntana:

    Has anyone else noticed that right there in the top middle of the 1st photo, the 2 peaks look like a guy's head lying down

    That's why they call the peaks, The Lions (Lyin`).

  15. derWandersmann says:

    Oy!Originally posted by sanshan:

    Dare just sings "The Happy Wanderer"

    Did he have to bring me into it? Sigh! My cover blown again …

  16. gdare says:

    dW, you know what they say is the best way to survive bear attack: to be faster than the others :PWe have air horn and whistle… and of course my singing as the ultimate weapon :PCarlos, I can see someone laying and snoring with his mouth opened :PSan & Jill,:sing: Val-deri,Val-dera,Val-deri,Val-dera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha Val-deri,Val-dera. My knapsack on my back. :sing:

  17. derWandersmann says:

    The first line, Dare.

  18. Furie says:

    That, with the addition of a few empty crisp packets, is exactly how our street looked this morning.

  19. gdare says:

    Mik, snowing there?

  20. gdare says:

    ๐Ÿ˜†

  21. Furie says:

    It was. Pretty much all gone now. :(We had a good two feet of snow though.

  22. gdare says:

    No snow here where we live, but if you drive 15-20 minutes toward mountains, there it is :up:

  23. Spaggyj says:

    Oh, I am so jealous. Hiking, and in such beautiful surroundings, and with the one you love the most. Bliss.

  24. gdare says:

    Originally posted by Spaggyj:

    Hiking, and in such beautiful surroundings, and with the one you love the most.

    Thanks, it's really something I am happy for :happy:

  25. Stardancer says:

    Beautiful place.:up:

  26. gdare says:

    Like most of the mountains in the area ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks :cheers:

  27. studio41 says:

    hahaha ๐Ÿ˜†

  28. nopanic says:

    Wonderful surroundings!!! WOW :happy:

  29. gdare says:

    Sea and sky as they say here ๐Ÿ˜€

  30. nopanic says:

    Me likes :happy:

  31. AnitaMargita says:

    Enjoy your new hiking season! :cheers:

  32. gdare says:

    Ana, we will :cheers:

  33. derWandersmann says:

    Originally posted by sanshan:

    There are no grizzlies here. We don't carry anything; Dare just sings "The Happy Wanderer" and that scares the black bears away.

  34. gdare says:

    OMG, for a moment I thought this was for real :doh: ๐Ÿ˜†

  35. sanshan says:

    That's Manning Park. They haven't seen grizzlies there for 20 years according to the park ranger. Maybe this video sheds some light on why. ๐Ÿ™„

  36. nopanic says:

    Originally posted by Mickeyjoe-Irl:

    I'm pretty sure the cameraman was wishing it wasn't

    Yes!…but he seems remarkably cool! :eyes:

  37. Mickeyjoe-Irl says:

    :lol:I'm pretty sure this is real


    and I'm pretty sure the cameraman was wishing it wasn't. :yikes:

  38. Mickeyjoe-Irl says:

    Yeah, just after this his support crew comes in and chases the bear away. Talking to his producer later he confessed he was starting to get worried.

  39. Words says:

    It just so beautiful there. Seeing the snow you have makes it all the more absurd the trouble we have with 5cm of snow that lasts for a day or so :faint:

  40. nopanic says:

    Originally posted by Mickeyjoe-Irl:

    his support crew comes in and chases the bear away

    Good! Hope they didnยดt shoot the bear! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  41. Mickeyjoe-Irl says:

    Oh no, that would have been the very last option. Surprisingly, just the sound of a snowmobile was enough to send the bear running. In all the other encounters, whenever they felt the bear was getting too close it was the humans who backed off.

  42. gdare says:

    Mick, I remember that video :faint:Words, we had 5cm of snow about a month and a half ago and it lasted for one day, too. But if you go anywhere toward mountains… :up:

  43. nopanic says:

    Originally posted by Mickeyjoe-Irl:

    whenever they felt the bear was getting too close it was the humans who backed off.

    Thatยดs fine. It looked pretty exhausted and hungry and frustraited!

  44. Mickeyjoe-Irl says:

    They talked about that too, how the bears weigh every decision about how much energy they expend versus how much food they might gain. I think that was the original plan for that scene, to wait until the bear realized it was too much work to break in and gave up.

  45. sanshan says:

    Originally posted by Mickeyjoe-Irl:

    how the bears weigh every decision about how much energy they expend versus how much food they might gain.

    I remember watching a documentary about grizzlies and wolves. The bear would follow a wolf pack until they made a kill, and then it would scare the wolves away and eat the animal. Sometimes it would be so full it would just lie on top of the carcass until it felt like eating again.

  46. derWandersmann says:

    Grizzlies have been known to run toward the sound of a rifle shot … and if the hunter is unwary, and has put his rifle down out of reach, the bear gets two kills.

  47. Aqualion says:

    Missed this post because I was busy shovelling snow around the house. :)I hike too. Almost permanent frost since early december so everything is solid, even the streams and small lakes. This means I can hike in a straight line to the nearest shop, cross a landscape that is otherwise impassable because it's wetlands, and it only takes about 8 minutes. Without the frost I have to follow the road and it will take fifteen minutes to get there. I like hiking, especially in the wintertime. You won't get lost because you can always follow your own footprints in the snow.Yeah, I know, an 8 minutes hike is nothing but I really can't leave the perimeter for much longer because then I would not be able to find the house because it would be covered in snow… ;)On a note: we don't have bears in Denmark but as of late it is official that wolves are back. Wolves are native to Denmark but they have been extinct since around 1840. However, it seems that, during 2012, wolves of the North German plains have migrated North and settled down in Jutland.Chances are that we wont see any wolves where I live. The island of Funen is only connected to the mainland via road bridges, so unless a wolf hides in the trunk of a car, they wont come here.

  48. nopanic says:

    But Martin..You canยดt be sure. :eyes: Vild intelligent animals are known to find their way around. No matter what!!!

  49. Aqualion says:

    I know. ;)Wolves are known to just simply walk across waters if the waters are frozen, and Lillebรฆlt will freeze if it's cold enough. It can actually happen within less than 15 hours if we have temperatures below ten minus for two weeks. Almost happened in January 2010.

  50. nopanic says:

    Take care my friend :left:

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