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We (the entire Mud family) are on vacation & I got to do my favourite trail ever. I have hiked it several times in past years...usually with a big pack loaded with backcountry camp gear (Mrs Mud & I would do a bit of climbing back then....before kids), but this was the first time I would get to do al-fresco...just my trail runners, a minimal amount of back-up gear (mountain weather being what it is), & small hydration pack.<br>
We are vacationing in Whistler, so the family & I took the gondola to the top of the mountain (no shame here) & we enjoyed a pcnic lunch after a 1 hour hike at the peak. When we got to the turn off for the trailhead, we said a quick goodbye & I was off while they made a 40 minute loop back to the gondola.<br>
The trail is a alpine single track that courses over three peaks...Flute, Piccollo, & Oboe (that portion of the trail is appropriately named "the Musical Bumps"<img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">....before dropping down to Singing Pass to follow the edge of the Fitzimmons Valley & back into Whistler Village.<br>
The total distance was about 21km (13 miles) but it drops 5700' in elevation (starting at about 7500'). In the past (pack-laden), it would take about 6 hours to cover. Since I didn't know what the snow fields would be like, I told Mrs Mud to expect that it would take about 4 hours.<br>
The snow was limited to the first 1km, so I managed to have a very straigtforward run....although I did come across a mother bear (black bear) with 3 cubs (normally they only have 2) in the lower alpine meadows...I was back at the condo under 2 hours.<br>
The views were spectacular!!!<br><br>
Here are some pics.<br><br>
This frst pic was taken at the trail junction with Mrs Mud's camera.<br><img alt="" src="http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b81/mudrunner/IMG_1136.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
This is the typical condition of the trail & the views...Russet Peak & Overlord in the left distance (a favourite climb)<br><img alt="" src="http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b81/mudrunner/IMG00074.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Singing Pass...the trail junction to teh Fitzimmons Valley. 1/2 was there.<br><img alt="" src="http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b81/mudrunner/IMG00077.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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My dream vacation - Any season<br><br>
Nice Pictures -<br><br>
Its just my DW does not share my dream<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sad2">
 

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When I first saw the thread, I thought you'd post about the trail that the S.T.O.R.M.Y. follows.<br><br>
Man, I wish I lived in British Columbia.<br><br>
Great pics.
 

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Nice.<br><br>
Muddy, you do run in some awesome places!
 

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nice!!!!
 

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We're about 30 miles north of Squamish (site of S.T.O.R.M.Y.)...you'd have a heyday 'round here!<br><br>
Flounder....the DW can hang out at the spa. There's something for everyone!<br><br>
dg1...I count myself very lucky.<br><br><br>
Truth is Whistler is an awesome playground. Tha vacation has (so far) included skateboarding, x-country mountainbiking, zip-lines, swimming, luge (on wheels), rock climbing, & lots of good food. I hope to get up the mountain for some full-on downhill riding in the next couple of days & if the weather holds, I'm going to try to run the valley between Back Tusk & Lake Garibaldi.
 

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Beautiful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Wow, Muddy.....those are awesome. I'm jealous. Everyone I know who has gone to Whistler has come back raving about how fabulous it is. I wanna go!
 
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