Saturday, March 27, 2010

Neither a JAM nor a JAMB would stop us!

One Saturday it is a leisurely stroll, minimal effort hike, to the following Saturday where you are faced with a challenging, all out effort scramble, yet both being fun and rewarding! I was excited for today's scramble up Door Jamb Mountain and Loder Peak because it is a move in the right direction for pushing my limits and gaining experience and confidence in an area I want to improve and expand upon. With the dictionary's definition of "jamb" being: (1 : an upright piece or surface forming the side of an opening (as for a door, window, or fireplace) 2 : a projecting columnar part or mass) that meant we would be encountering some ups, overs, downs and throughs!

It was amazing how we could just hike up such a steep vertical angle on this type of terrain without sliding. It felt like my boot bottoms were coated with sticky jam.

When we worked our way up to the top, we got to follow over a variety of trail types which afforded us views of all kinds.
Things that you get to do once you reach mountain tops are plentiful!
Of course, I have to have my summit shot...
...then admire Mount Yumnuska...

...and other mountain ranges!
After accomplishing our summit goals, it was time to trek down. My boot points the way down along a gully and at times we were on steep slopes, and post holing through snow where I got myself into a jam a couple of times and I have bruises and scrapes to show for it.
At the bottom we took a break in the sunshine out of the wind, took of a layer and savoured some snacks. Pretty much all the elevation is over with and we just have to follow through a creek bed and a forest. The cairn marks the start of our through portion.
The hard part was over and now it was time to make our way back to the trail head but not before dealing with one more kind of jam! It wasn't our jam but somebody else. What was he thinking! I don't think he was! A couple of my buddies helped him out! It was a day for angels making their presences known!
My GPS went wonky with the incredible wind! Our trek took 7:05 and I calculated that we roughly covered about 8.5km and our total elevation came in at 882 meters. 

Word in from the top is that it was great to be in the company of a big group of familiar faces for today's hike! I second that opinion!

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