That evening we went out with Aleksey and Darwin to a Thai restaurant. They sat on the bed in the back of the Dodge on the way there and attempted to explain the cities large amount of one way roads and enlighten us on the reason passengers were getting out of cars at light controlled intersections and pushing the pedestrian crossing button. This is the only way to get the lights to change they said and we even had to do it ourselves a few times which seemed absurd in such a modern city.
The next morning while Darwin was preparing for a job interview and babysitting Scout, Aleksey, Will and I woke up early and set out in the Dodge for Mt Harvey near the town of Squamish. We met Aleksey’s friend Adrian on the way and convoyed to the trail head. The temperature was -6 degrees celsius but it was calm and clear. The boys set a strong pace and we made it to the 1715m summit in a respectable 6 hours. We sat down for lunch and took in the incredible views that stretched as far as the eye could see. Picturesque ocean inlets on one side and snowy mountains on the other, the vista paid for the steepness of the climb. Will and I took our crampons off a little early on the decent and both had a couple of slips with one resulting in me cracking the lens hood on Wills precious camera… opps. This is while Aleksey and Adrian cruised down the icy patches in their hire crampons that didn’t matter how blunt they ended up.
Rochelle & Will