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Mount Bishop Self Propelled - Bike and Swim
Timestamp Free: 2018.11.12 - 21:56:46
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Fannin Range
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1509m
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 2: Trail to Vicar Lakes easy to follow, but very steep, some sections up bluffs with minor exposure.
Self propelled day trip via bicycle from our house in Vancouver to the summit of Mount Bishop.
I've done the bike trip from Kitsilano (Vancouver) over to the Seymour Demonstration forest many times as a day trip, and I always love the exotic sights along the way. See Classic Seymour Bicycle Loop. So this year (2010), with the weather so hot, we decided to do it as a two day trip, swim in every available spot, and climb Mount Bishop. The basic plan was to reach Vicar Lakes the first day, and camp there, then climb Bishop on the second day, and then hike, swim and cycle home.

So we packed our overnight packs with a light tent, bag, and some food and started out. The great thing about this trip is that the trip starts right from when I step out my side door. The first section is through downtown Vancouver, to the historic Canadian Pacific Railway station on Hastings (which is now the Seabus and Skytrain terminal). I love the glorious sound of those old railway stations, with the murmur of hundreds of voices reflecting off the high ceilings as you walk thru. Makes you feel like you are in Europe or something.

Anyway, the seabus boats are running every 15 minutes all summer, so soon we were onboard, with our heavily laden bikes in front of us. If you have a bike, they direct you to the last door. The seabus first of all goes past the giant cruise ships, and the bright orange harbour cranes, and after a short voyage, ends up in North Vancouver, at Lonsdale Quay. Here there are always numerous people sitting outside, and usually a street musician or two, as you wheel your bike thru the food courts.

At the Quay on this particular day was a giant motor yacht with its own helicopter. I'd feel better if the carbon tax was higher, so that I could feel good about the contribution the owner was making. [photo]Boat4510.jpg[caption]Giant Yacht with...

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