They didn't want to park up there as its kind of desolate and a vehicle left there is a good target for crime. So, tomorrow at 6pm Keith will be up there to meet them and bring them back.
It is about a twenty minute drive from home up into Golden Ears Provincial Park.
I stopped to take this photo from the road side. In this one you cant see the mountains for the hills. Their hike will begin in these hills into the north peaks beyond.
From this point to the summit is 12 kilometers, with an elevation change of 1500 meters. It takes approximately 7 hours to get to the top. But they plan to go only as far as Alder flats and set up camp, before they continue up the peak named the North Ear. To get there they will hike a well defined trail through our rainforest, with its moss laden trees and fern carpeted forest floor. Beyond the flats they go above the treeline and have to cross a permanent snowfield. They have done this hike several times, but this year there is still a lot of snow up top. So of course being a mom, I will be worrying about them. David didn't shower for a couple of days. PHEW! He says animals fear human scent. His theory being that if a bear ambles into their camp, he will just fan his armpits at it and it will turn tail in a hurry! I pity the other boys who have to share a tent with him though. Perhaps they will pin him down and rub wet pine needles in his underarms!
The weather isn't too favorable. Cloudy with sunny breaks. I'll be watching the mountain from by back window! I can see the Golden Ears mountains, just bearley between the trees. Presently, its peaks are cloaked in cloud.
Heidi, my neice Jenny and I are going to hang around here and have a girls day!