We packed up camp and hit the trail on a warm and sunny morning to get day three underway. The plan was to hike via the village of Naranag up to just below snow level at a place called Bucheri Top and set up camp here for the night.
Our guide and the horses as we reached Naranag.
It was very warm by the time we reached Naranag and a grueling three hours uphill awaited. We zig zagged with the horses up along the trail. We passed a flock of 500 sheep clinging to the edge of this steep mountain, with shepherds closely minding them. I was soon to realise the reason for this. As I hiked along with Mustafa and the horses, Emma and Liyakat were a little behind on the tough climb. Out of nowhere I heard a roar and a flash of black passed along side the trail. In an instant I could see the bear blast it’s way down the hill and out of sight. It was no more than 20 metres from me and even Mustafa got a serious fright, saying it was highly unusually to get so close. I didn’t feel the bear was interested in us with so many sheep to chose from and the guides explained that on a regular basis sheep were lost to bears. The opportunistic hunter in action.
Camp site at Bucheri Top.
We reached camp in the early afternoon and we all helped to set up the tents and get ready for an evening by the fire. A good move on the locals behalf to stick the different campers close and light lots of fires, the hungry bears were in the area. We lit a huge fire and sat around until we hit the hay for a real late night, at around 10pm! Tomorrow we would head up into the snow, no bears up there, and the nights would be cold. The real adventure into the wilds had begun.
View from Camp
The past week has been eventful. We have hiked mountains, ran down mountains, jumped over bear scat, and seen some amazing views. Everywhere you look in British Columbia there is a view to remember. The trip to Canada has been fantastic so far. Apart from a little change in what I eat and drink which effects training I have enjoyed fitting my runs in around holidays. It is of course so important to let the hair down and enjoy holidays, having some beer, etc. I am lucky that my favourite hobbies fit nicely into most holidays as well. We hiked a few peaks in Garibaldi provincial park, near whistler over the past few days and before that Cypress mountain near Vancouver. Here is a little idea of the terrain.
This is a typical British Columbia trail. The next trip was some camping near Whistler and this took us up to lakes and mountains in Garibaldi area.
Not a bad view at all!
I found a Salomon shop on my travels too, time to maybe retire the old ones!
These guys are very popular on the trail, not for the squeamish if you step on one !
So 9 days left of this epic trip. I hope I have some nice posts and photos before the end.
Another fun day running and hiking today. I completed the famous Grouse Grind climb, over 2800 steps. I am told my time of 35.52 minutes was very respectable! I carried on hiking to Dam Mountain and Little Goat Mountain before dragging my weary legs home. It was considerably hotter today as well so I am feeling it this evening. The views were amazing throughout and even though the recent forest fires have left a smoky sky, I really enjoyed the wilderness of British Columbia once more.
I also met this guy, however he is in an enclosure. I don’t like to see animals in pens but I heard these guys were rescued while injured so I felt better then.
If you are ever in the Vancouver area check this out. A lung buster.