After my solo ski trip to this park 3 years ago (has it really been that long?!) I knew I wanted to return another winter.
This year I returned with a dear friend for a 2 night trip. My friend doesn't have the same outdoors experience as I do so it was an introductory trip for her. I planned the trip details, prepped the gear lists, and shared a lot of gear.
A new element for me on this trip was pulling a sled. I've never done that before. My previous winter trip I carried everything in a backpack. But on this trip with a newbie partner who doesn't have the same backpacking experience or lightweight compressible winter clothing, a sled was necessary. This element added a new dimension to the experience for me, which was nice.
I also loved having my friend with me and showing her how to use the gear, etc. Plus, spending all that time together with a best friend in the woods, with zero life distractions, with all the time in the world for long conversations, that was an amazing gift.
1st day: 3.5 kilometers snowshoeing/hiking to the refuge, in intermittent rain, fog and drizzle. 0 to 5 C
2nd day: approx. 5.5 kms snowshoeing & hiking in falling snow -5 to 0 C
3rd day: approx. 3.5 kms snowshoeing/hiking back to car (different route than day 1) clear sky, -10 to 3 C
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The early morning light through the woods, as photographed from my bunk bed. Timestamp: 7:15am
The light was so tempting to get out of bed to witness the warm yellow through the blue hue of the snow draped evergreens. But it was cold out there, around -12c and I was so snug and warm in my sleeping bag…