Made it to Callaghan Lodge & free BBQ

Enzo made it to Callaghan Lodge!

Enzo made it to Callaghan Lodge!

Today was the big test for me – skiing up to Callaghan Lodge. The distance is about 14.5 km., and the vertical elevation gained is close to 2,000 feet! (Yes, I know I’m mixing my metric and imperial units – it’s a thing I do). The incentive was a free BBQ at the backcountry lodge, which is all I needed for motivation :).

This is also the last weekend of public skiing at Callaghan Country, which will reopen on March 1 once the Olympics are done. It was a mild day, with light showers on the lower parts of the trail and wet snow up higher. Thankfully the early season snowfall was enough to build up a solid base for the Olympic events in a couple of weeks time. In fact, they told us that the snow base at the lodge is at about 14 feet right now!

Back to the big test. I wasn’t alone in my attempt, as 94 people registered for this non-competitive event. I ran into a number of familiar faces – Willy, Pat, Peter and Peter from the Lower Mainland, and Roger, Heather, Sarah and Louie from Squamish. It was supposed to be a group start at 9:00 am, but most people left on their own time. The organizer gave us a semi-formal send-off at about 9:20 am, but many had already started by then.

My original plan for this ski season was to work my way to skiing up to the lodge by the end of the season, but then I heard about this event with a free BBQ. So, I quickly picked up my training the past couple of weeks. I made it up to Callaghan Lake last week (a distance of 9 km.), so that gave me the confidence to try the full 14.5 km. up to the Lodge today. I’m glad I decided to try it, as I felt pretty strong on the way up. The BBQ at the Lodge was awesome, and it was nice to have a break. I paid the price a bit on the 14.5 km. back down to the parking lot. There were still a number of small uphill sections, and that’s where it was obvious my endurance was just not there yet. Oh well, I will try it again on May 1 when they will do a repeat event to close the season.

I’ve put a bunch more pictures here. And, Willy shot the following video of me getting a flying start uphill from the parking lot:

  1. #1 by Rick on February 2, 2010 - 11:18 am

    Congrats in making it up to the Lodge earlier than you originally planned – food is always an incentive!

  2. #2 by enzo on February 3, 2010 - 12:08 am

    Thanks, Rick! Wanna join us on May1 for the next free bbq? 🙂

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