We’ll climb moun­tains, even in the dark

Vancouver Magazine - - Cover Story -

If you want the In­sta­grammable ex­pe­ri­ence, gather with the thrill-seek­ing group of hike or­ga­niz­ers called Chas­ing Sun­rise early Sun­day morn­ing, armed with a flash­light and hash­tag, and I’m sure they’ll be glad for the com­pany. But you don’t need an oicially sanc­tioned event to en­joy the mys­tery and magic of moon­lit hik­ing: just get up and go. That’s what I did one night in Par­adise Val­ley when some friends and I got the idea to hike to the Weather Blus just after mid­night. Laden with head­lamps, walki­etalkies, bells, blan­kets and a boom box to scare away any cougars (I was also sure to stick to the mid­dle our mot­ley co­hort), we scaled the ill-lit rocky tra­verse and 40 min­utes later reached our des­ti­na­tion. There, we sat in con­tem­pla­tive si­lence, lis­ten­ing to the hoot­ing owls and roar of the Cheaka­mus River be­low. Then the spell­bind­ing mo­ment was cut short by a voice over the ra­dio, telling us to come down or risk be­com­ing cougar fod­der.

So, on sec­ond thought: maybe a higher-pro­file ad­ven­ture is a safer bet. —C.B.

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