Times have changed. It's been quite a while since I last snowshoed up Mount Seymour. About 1989 I think when I carried an early model snowboard with me up to the top and snowboarded back down. I saw no one else that day.
Today with only snowshoes on my feet I decided to head up that way again. Fortunately, there's no charge for going up the trail, only if you use the snowshoe park. What's the point of that? Up, up, the trail with dozens of hikers, snowshoers, and x-country skiers expecting it to thin out once past the last ski lift. Forget about it. Now this back country is the realm of the snow boarder who hikes up Pump Peak to come down the steep slope there. Dozens of people all around.
The trail in the snow does not follow the summer trail which swings around the east side of Pump Peak. When snow covered you head straight up. It got a bit icy this day and the cleats on the snowshoe were doing there job but not when a couple of inches of loose powder covers up the icyness underneath. Then all grip is gone and you go for a little slide. But Pump Peak is soon reached after a steep slog up its face with all those carrying their boards. Views were tremendous this day with bright sun all around. The slope from here to Mount Seymour was dotted with all sorts of recreationists but at least the majority stop at Pump Peak for the skiing or boarding back down. But still a couple of dozen more were encountered on the way to the summit. Note: snowshoeing downhill takes just about as long as going uphill but if I had carried my board like last time the return trip could be done... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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