We are still dry and naive, hiking the Sea To Summit trail as dark grey clouds gather overhead.
For those who may not be aware, the Sea To Summit trail runs 7.5 km from the base to the top of the Sea To Sky gondola. It begins as part of the Stawamus Chief trail, and then diverts to climb 900 m to the lodge overlooking Howe Sound. On a good day, the view from the top is incredible.
It is an intermediate hike which found us climbing stairs, logs and ropes through coniferous forest, large boulders and exposed rock.
As difficult as it sometimes was, there was certainly a sense of adventure accompanying every challenge we faced. We learned how to balance along wet bark, how to scramble up steep areas with the aid of the rope, and how to keep our footing on rain-slick rock. We would often pause to admire how much we'd overcome before diving head first into the next obstacle.
Before we reached the cloud cover surrounding the upper parts of the trail, and before the rain fully set in, we were treated with the occasional view of the valley below. We chose this spot about 3/4 of the way up the trail to have our lunch, managing to finish our food just as the creeping mist turned to a steady drizzle:
* the weather itself was nowhere near sunny