"Hey! Wanna go for the Hinde on August 27th?"
Here are my insta snippits from our day on the ridge and our attempt to summit the Golden Hinde via Phillips Ridge in one (brutally) long day.
*Note: This is NOT a trail. This is a back country route, in very remote and technical terrain, requiring navigation, route finding, climbing and back country travel skills. There are no signs, no trails and there is no cell service anywhere on this route. Although we did complete it in a single day, I do not recommend it. We are ultra runners/adventure racers with many years of back country experience and navigation skills as well as previous experience on the route itself. Kids...don't try this at home;)
|Phillips Ridge at Sunrise. Golden Hinde calling us in the distance. How long could it take?|
On the trail at 3:00am we trekked into the deep dark woods of the Phillips Ridge trailhead to begin our mission to reach the highest peak on Vancouver Island in a single day. The route to the Golden Hinde begins (and ends) with 3million switchbacks up up up to reach the sub alpine via Arnica Lake. When we finally broke out of the woods, the stars were shimmering pink and gold against a deep black-purple sky. Two hours into our trek and a Roy Henry Vickers painting appeared on the horizon. Up up up we continued our climb to reach Philips Ridge, finally able to turn off our lights three hours into our adventure. Once on the ridge, the challenge became real as we could see our target in the distance along with every 'bump' that we would need to climb and descend before reaching the summit proper. Magic light, wild mountains and shared stories are my favourite kind of breakfast and I was filled to the brim that morning alongside my buddy Jen Segger.
The word of the day would be #relentless . The word of this leg was #anticipation ...
|Lake fog rising up from Carter and Schelderup, where we would soon be descending to. Burman ridge in the distance...and the first glimpse of a special phenomenon on the left...|
|A rare Brocken Spectre! I thought I was an angel for a moment:)|
|I am Rainbow Queen! Damn Google. Burst my rainbow bubble and told me it was a Brocken Spectre;)|
|Jen's first time seeing the Hinde from Carter Lake. This was my camp on my solo adventure 2 years prior...a very special spot for me. Time to scramble around it..|
|Almost there. HAHAHA! The magnificant view of the Hinde from pristine Schelderup Lake. Time to scramble around this one too... Nothing comes for free on this route, that is for sure. Ever step is bought and paid for. PC: Jen Segger|
Schelderup Lake. I had been here before and I knew about the bumps that still lay ahead. I think my partner was still in a bit of disbelief at this point. It looks so close! Onward...
|Golden Hinde summit! Half way! PC Jen Segger|
I am proud of us for reaching the summit and for supporting each other the entire way. Safety first, fun second, speed last. Strong and steady all day with a snails pace on the summit but we got er done. Pink high socks and trucker hats and all. 19 hours and 32 minutes of brutal mountain bliss and hopefully I never have to do that again. Til next time of course😉
19 hours 32 minutes.
10 hours to the summit.
2 Hornby bars
2 Cliff bars
3 Numa natural chia gels
Sour cream and onion chips
1 entire wheel of Natural Pastures gold medal Camembaert on the summit
Water refills at every lake, countless salt tabs
Icebreaker everything, blown out Speedcross that are in the trash today, ELM trucker hat of course!