We're on the road again - Shaun Chris and Jac's in the "trusty" (cant back that up - see below) van.
First stop on the trip was Squamish to do some climbing on the big granite walls just outside the town. However on route from Vancouver we got a flat tyre which delayed us a little. Nvertheless, we charged on. We first did a massive 6 pitch grade 16 climb which was awsome. Being new to this style of climbing we took quite a while to complete the sucker - around 5 hours I think. We were even passed by a few people - one dude climbing solo even! Nyaaaardout!
From Squamish we headed further north and checked out Whistler before carrying on up to some hot springs for the evening. The pools were just what the doctor ordered after two days climbing.
The hot pools just happened to be conveniently located at the base of the valley leading to the Pemberton Icefield. So we thought it would be rude not to pay the place a visit - especially since there was a hut marked on our map at the base of the glacier. It turned out that our map wasn't overly accurate and the "track" was more of a marked route but it was a damn good trip. We made good time getting up to the icefield and had just enough energy left to go for a wander on the ice before retreating to the hut for an italian meal matched with some fine red wine. The route back down the other side of the valley turned out to be just as "fun" through the BC wilderness but we made it back to the van safe and sound and paid another visit to the hot springs for some recouperation before the drive back to Pemberton.
We proceeeded to remove the new flatty and prop the van up on some logs and rocks for stability. After half an hour or so we got a ride into Pemberton and were able to pull off a do it yourself puncture repair on one of the tyres. Now we just needed to get back to the van (40kms away). No worries, we're members of the American Automobile Association who kindly arranged a towtruck for us. The towtruck came and pick us and our 2 tyres up (1 fixed 1 flat) and take us back to the van. We figured since we didn't have a spare we should tow the van back to Pemberton just to be safe. BAD IDEA. The tow driver turned out to be a total melon head, taking corners exceedingly fast and just generally not "knowing his stuff" regarding towing cars. It turned out that he didn't set up the tow contraption adequately and as a result one of our rear tyres dragged on the pavement everytime we went round a corner. The result was one fucked tyre - stripped past the steel in the tyre.
And that's where we are now, Squamish again. No tyre stores are open here on a Sunday so we've had a recovery day and will hopefully get some decent all terrain tyres fitted to our mean machine tomorrow morning before heading to Vancouver Island to stay with some family over there. Maybe some fishing over there - saweet!
Good adventures so far though, good fun.
Also, check out Chris's blog: atccreeking.blogspot.com