Tuesday, January 12, 2010

snowshoe day!

As someone who grew up outside of Vancouver and just moved here only a couple of years ago, I still come across meeting people who have yet to discover what amazing local wonders the Lower Mainland has to offer. Some people have lived here their entire lives and have not, for example, snow-shoed the trails in their own backyard. I am perplexed how something could be so be so easy to access and yet elude so many local residents. It makes me ask one simple question, “why not?”

On January 10th, an enthusiastic group from all 4 IF facilities gather together to snowshoe the hiking trails up at Cypress Mountain, a mere 20 minute drive from the downtown core. It was a beautiful day and a great opportunity to actively explore this winter wonderland. We had a great turnout of customers and IF coaches alike, and after gathering at the base of the hill for some snowshoe 101 and a group photo, the group split to hike either the rolling marked trails of Cypress, or to take on the uphill climb of the Hollyburn Peak. Due to the warmer winter weather this season, getting through the trails sometimes meant meandering off course to navigate around streams of mountain run-off or hiking over shallow puddles of mud. None-the-less, the exercise was great and the scenery made it all worthwhile! After a steady and grueling uphill trek, those that hiked the peak of Hollyburn were blessed with a clear sunrise view of West Vancouver, as well as a natural slide of snow to quickly rush them back down the mountain. The total snowshoe hike took roughly 2 to 2 and a half hours to complete round trip, leaving everyone plenty of time to enjoy the rest of their Sundays.

For anyone who missed the opportunity to join IF for the first of our Winter Hiking Series, or for those that came and are ready for some more, we will be heading back up to Cypress Mountain to do it all over again on Sunday January 24th at 9:00am. This will be a great chance to get out and enjoy the mountain before it is closed down in celebration of the Olympics. Make sure to bring your family, friends, and even your pets (allowed on Hollyburn trails). Hope to see everyone there!

by Cory M

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