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Second attempt and still no peak


So it's June, you want to get up a hill and there has been a fair amount of late season snow.  Where are you going to go?  Mt Seymour is a pretty good choice if you don't mind a little snow and remember to bring bug spray.

Slow Motion Snowball Fight
Eric had this idea that I really latched on to - Gabi, being from he warm beach part of Australia, hasn't often seen snow.  Vancouver is the warm beach part of Canada, but we still have access to snow pretty much year round. 

Eric And Gabi Coming Up Hill

The hike to Mount Seymour is actually quite easy - hike up the ski runs half an hour or so, and then follow a trail that winds around the mountain to the top - actually three tops - Mount Seymour has three peaks.  On a previous trip I made it to the first peak, but we ran out of energy to go any further.

Perfectly Adapted CamouflageScary Looking Clouds  Small Alpine Water Hole

So here is the problem.  You get to the first peak - beautiful view - you sit for a while to take it in.  Maybe have some lunch.  Then you realize you are cold.  Snow?  Oh yeah - because the second and third peak are less visited, the snow is looser and deeper.  Turn around?  Probably a good idea.

Vancouver Panorama From Seymour
 
David At Top
But while you are at the top it's fun.  You don't get a terribly sharp image of the city (so much atmosphere between you and it) but you certainly get a sense of the lay of the land. 

City In The BackgroundDavid Napping Again
 
Getting cold and worried about the weather, we headed down.  David and Eric found a fun game to play with snowballs. 

David Playing Snowball Baseball

Pink Tips
After a while you get somewhat used to the domestic flora (other than a raven, there was no fauna to be seen).  Then you turn a corner and all sorts of stuff pops out at you.  Something about learning to see.

HeatherJelly Cones


David Finds Another Nap
David has always had special skills when it comes to find places to sleep.  For some reason, this trip stressed his skills to the limit.  Mount Seymour is a good if short hike for a lazy Sunday afternoon.


 


Vancouver Panorama From Seymour
Tags: panorama, summit, vista
Pink Tips
Species: Phyllodoce empetriformis (Pink Mountain-Heather)
Tags: shallow depth of field
Perfectly Adapted Camouflage
Tags: alpine, hiking, snow
David Playing Snowball Baseball
Person: David
Tags: motion blur, multiple frame image
City In The Background
Person: David
Tags: city, hiking, summit
David Napping Again
Person: David
Slow Motion Snowball Fight
Person: Eric, Gabi
Tags: game, snow
David Finds Another Nap
Person: David
Scary Looking Clouds
Altitude: 1332m (4370 feet)
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Tags: snow
Jelly Cones
Species: Guepiniopsis alpina (Golden Jelly Cone)
Tags: mushroom
Eric And Gabi Coming Up Hill
Person: Eric, Gabi
Tags: hiking, road
David At Top
Person: David
Altitude: 1395m (4576 feet)
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Tags: summit, vista
Heather
Species: Phyllodoce empetriformis (Pink Mountain-Heather)
Tags: plant
Small Alpine Water Hole
Altitude: 1331m (4366 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: alpine, snow
Tags: snow(4), summit(3), hiking(3), vista(2), alpine(2), city(1)
People: David(5), Eric(2), Gabi(2)
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