This has been a summer like no other. I have taken a break from trying to ride my bike everyday (although I did ride quite a bit) and spent time enjoying some of the other fantastic sports on the North Shore. The break from school started out as not much of a break at all. Hours after my last final, I was in Vancouver General Hospital with Kyle who had lacerated his kidney biking at the Woodlot. Shortly after, Kyle moved home and I spent 3 frantic weeks studying for my MCAT which I wrote a week before the end of May. Man, it felt good to get that out of the way!
|Boredom at VGH|
Post-MCAT hyperactivity ensued. I took Angela up to Squamish for some biking on the great trails up there.
|Angela conquering her fear of ladder bridges on Tracks from Hell|
|Minor break in the weather on Flint and Feather Trail (Bluff Trail)|
Kyle flew in for 4 days, during which I tried to kill him and his healing kidney by dragging him up as many mountains as I could. Unfortunately, after a month of being trapped indoors and looking out at the gorgeous weather outside, it decided to rain the entire time he was here. After he left, I took off to Europe for a month with Angela.
|Crabs from Ryan's crab trap made a great after hot tub snack|
If you are interested in checking out what we got up to across the pond, look at my tumblr blog of the trip: http://jenny-strong.tumblr.com/ Upon my return from Europe, I was working weekdays with Flow Mountain Bike Camps and filling my free time with "so many activities!" A visit out to Tsawwassan for some water-sports and a great dinner courtesy of Ryan was one of the highlights.
|Post sunset swim at Lighthouse park|
|First 5.9 lead|
Another summer highlight was the amount of rock climbing I was able to do! Thanks to Tristan's guidance, both Kyle and I were able to try our hand at lead climbing and quickly gained enough skills (and a rope!) to be able to get out on the crags on our own. I did a few days in the sea to sky corridor, including Cal-Chek, Area 44, and Lighthouse Park.
I was also fortunate enough to get some climbing in on Vancouver Island, which despite being devoid of other climbers, offered some fantastic routes and made me pretty happy about the spur of the moment decision to stay in Nanaimo for a weekend instead of heading West to Tofino.
|Barefoot climbing. Ouch!|
|Rappelling into the forest|
|Granite falls over Indian Arm|
|Paddling up to Granite Falls|
|Local wildlife that didn't seem to care that we were right beside them|
|Lunch on the dock|
|Brothers Creek Falls|
|Sunset looking over to Bowen Island|
|I love this city!|