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Why are you still inside? It is time to snowshoe!

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As the mountain biking trails are starting to wind down my mind must think differently. It is time shift the mindset to skiing, boarding, snowshoeing and other snow-bound activities. One easy, local and free activity is snowshoeing up Mt Hollyburn where the effort is rewarded with a magnificent view of Vancouver. If you are thinking where the heck is Hollyburn? It is the nordic area of Cypress Mountain. The hike takes about 2hrs return but is actually outside the cypress boundaries so a park pass is not required. It gets cold at the top so bring an extra layer for the peak! If you want the nitty-gritty details you can see a map and elevation profile through this Strava recording

 

Here are some photos from the hike. The day was gorgeous with clouds hovering over the mountains but clearing over the city. The afternoon light was magnificent!

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Sunday Snow Cycling Shinanigans

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I should be changing the name of the blog to “… Weekend photos say more than words” Seems that is about all I can manage these days. Today involved going for a ride on the North Shore and of course I brought along my camera to take a few shots. These are on the trail Expresso which (if I am not mistaken) is between the 5th and 6th switchback up Mt. Fromme. despite a few inches of snow on the trail it was a lot of fun. Plus, it was cold enough that the snow was relatively dry.

Great Sunday Ride!

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Winter is here – Just how I remember it.

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This weekend sealed the deal. Winter is now here. I head out to a local cyclocross race on Saturday where in BC fashion it poured rain. Then today (Sunday) I head over to Mt Seymour to go for a quick hike. With the snow level at 400m, the hike was in some white stuff. Beautiful day up on the mountains but with the snow coming down this low many mountain bike trails are now inaccessible. Time to look for different weather-appropriate activities.

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Hiking to a view with no view

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Today I hiked up to the top of Mt Hollyburn. This is a mountain in the Nordic area of the Cypress Ski area in West Vancouver BC. Snowshoeing up the ridge there was about 15cm of powder on about 100cm base so the conditions were pretty good. Plus it was snowing pretty hard the whole way up. A great day for a hike, but at the top there was no view whatsoever… In fact the visibility was very poor with the snow coming down. Nevertheless, I snapped a few photos before heading back down. I will do this hike again in the coming months to try and get some photos from the top. In the meantime, here are a few shots from today.

On the drive back down into the city the sky opened a bit and gave a nice view over Vancouver’s West End and the Harbour.

Spring, but….

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It may be spring now but there is still some snow after a long climb… Not that I am complaining, it is actually kind of refreshing

The cabin from a different eye

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Believe it or not, this is the same cabin as yesterday’s post. This time it is a little darker though. You will notice the light coming from the cabin, this is actually someone’s headlamp from inside.

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