our visit with steve was short but fun. we were crunched for time, but still managed to get up into the woods for a stroll up the vedder ridge trail. there is a beautiful section where you can amble through a magical elven forest.
here is kylie laughing while her baby rolls down the steep rock.
the next day chris, mike and i went back up airplane creek to climb mt stewart and revisit baby munday.
the day was seriously clear and gorgeously sunny. the newly melting serc shined a crystalline blue.
a view from the top of the next peaks that beckon, foley and welch.
some hardy flowers, to be so lush in an otherwise barren landscape.
back down and heading to baby munday. we were boot skiing, so chris is waaay ahead at the end of the snowfield, but we caught up in a minute or two.
from this side, the correct route up baby munday was obvious, and it was a quick scramble to the peak.
from the top we had a great view of the other side of mt stewart that we had just climbed.
from baby munday we made our way down into the next col, boot skied down to the waiting trail and pinned it back down the slippery steep trail to the waiting 4runner. two peaks and a loop through the alpine, some hiking, some snow travel and some scrambling. what a great day!
finally, our friend aaron flew around the world from singapore to taipei to vancouver. it is nice that, simply by virtue of living close to canada's gateway to the pacific, we are the default family to gently ease aaron through his jet lag.
we did this by staying up late and talking, and stimulating his mind during the new day (his night) with misty alpine environments.
i took aaron up lady peak, in the cheam range. it was a beautiful hike that turned into a light scramble. it was cloudy, so the views weren't great, but the mist made for a surreal solitary atmosphere.
niko LOVED ripping around on the snowfields. i was a bit concerned about him sliding down the snowslopes, but i needn't have worried. he has four wheel drive with claws (do you remember "the animal" toy monster truck?)
we did some boot skiing on the snow, but niko preferred us walking and kept trying to stop aaron.
all told, it was great to see aaron again, and to see how much he enjoyed ty. we will get to see him one more time before he goes back to distant asia.