Back Country “Camping”

Jen and I joined a few of my co-workers on a 3 day hiking/camping/hutting extravaganza.

First we endured a 10 km hike on snow shoes in. I am not fit. I spend a lot of time on the couch. A 10 km hike under any circumstances would be taxing. On snow shoes and with a giant pack (50-60 lbs) it was nearly impossible. I nearly died. Everyone else was miles ahead and had to wait long periods of time for me to catch up. This resulted in a never ending cycle of me trudging along to catch up, by the time I catch up everyone has had a LONG rest. I get no rest. We take off again. I am slower than everyone. Repeat. Again and again. For 4 hours. 

All of this was entirely worth it. When we arrived the cabin was AMAZING. There was one minor bump when we realized we would be sharing the accommodation with a family with a little girl named Solomia, her overly friendly father and her uber bitchy mom. No worries, we claimed our spaces up in the loft and worked out a routine for sharing kitchen space. The wood stove was phenomenal. I could have sat in front of it the entire weekend. But – don’t worry, I didn’t. Jen spent a lot of time in my favourite chair reading!! Jen has never relaxed so much in the 4 years I have known her!

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I filled my time by limping around, and drinking from our 3 L box of wine. I even joined in a bit of garbage bag sledding.

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The snow started on our second day and didn’t stop until we left. Between 1 and 2 feet – on our nicely packed trail. It made the trip to the outhouse so awesome.

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My legs had hardly recovered from the hike in when it was time to hike out. We shaved an hour off of our time! One hour in I could feel the skin on my heels start to slough off. Oucha. I have never been so happy to see the prius! 

 

Thank god one of my buddies took some great photos, because I forgot to put the SD card in our camera. Oops!

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Would I do it again? Only with some new snow shoes. And I might leave the wine behind. Waaay too heavy. 

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