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Thursday, 2 February 2017
Susan left early for a week in Kelowna, Ken went to work, and Helen fancied a rest. So Sue and I enjoyed the short ski enumerated below.
The weather was superb, and whilst it hadn’t benefited from any recent grooming, trail 3 – The Burma Road – was a lovely route to ski on today. The final descent was fast, and with a large group of people blocking my planned exit, a hasty readjustment failed to halt my progress into the woods. First ‘fall’ of the trip.
That was after herring boning up some hills like the one shown below.
Lunch was taken at Keogan Cabin, home of icicles and (today only, I hope) toothache.
For the record: P7 (Kingsmere) > #30 > #1 > Huron Cabin (elevenses) > #1 > #3 > Fortune Parkway > Keogan Cabin (lunch) > #1 > #14 > #4 > #1 > #30 > P7 = 17.8 km, 325 metres ascent, taking 3 hours 28 mins (2.36 moving time).
There’s a group of about thirty crazy Ottawa folk who go out snowshoe running on Wednesday nights. I wonder how many of them prepare by way of a meal of beans on toast? At least two. I might have known Lester would be there as well. Here he is pictured with Ken wearing some lightweight running snowshoes. Luckily a spare pair was available for me, so my full size shoes could be left in the car.
It was actually great fun and very good exercise, albeit we only covered about 5 km in the hour of activity. The somewhat convoluted route is shown below. These were mostly not snowshoe trails until we created them tonight in the undulating woodland near the Visitor Centre in Chelsea.
You might be able to find the Visitor Centre on the winter trails map shown below (click on it to enlarge), which for anyone interested is available on the Gatineau Park website.
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
I've had another skirmish with Windows Movie Maker....
Not entirely successful or satisfactory, I have to say. I find the timeline hard to work with and I failed completely to work out how to apply a soundtrack.
It may have been better to add titles to the clips rather than insert them between the images, but never mind.
It'll take you all of 6 minutes to view this experiment, but I won't tell you how long it took me to reduce it to that from 8 minutes. You may have to speed read some of the captions.
Would a simple upload to Flickr or similar have been better?
The jury's out...
Monday, 16 February 2009
This is possibly our final 'Canadian' post for this year, subject to occasional contributions from Summitboy, our Ottawa correspondent. It shows Sue, exactly a week ago, on a final stroll around 'Woodroffe Park' before we embarked on a smooth journey back to the warm green gloom of Timperley.
The week's blogging efforts all went into the previous post, which is intended as a resource for anyone wondering about what the CSM is like to take part in.
Last time we left Canada, two years ago, I made the impulse purchase of a new pair of shoes at the airport. I'd been admiring the very light footwear during the course of our visit, and I hadn't seen it in the UK. Ideal for river crossings, I thought. There was, at Ottawa airport, a choice of one colour. Orange. That's how I came to acquire the orange crocs that feature in my 'profile' photo with the Callum Hord tent.
This year we eschewed the snowshoeing tracks, partly due to the minor hassle of hiring snowshoes. It would be good to do a bit of snowshoeing without having to resort to hire shops.
Bushtukah, and some money that I didn't have but was nevertheless burning a hole in my pocket, provided the solution.
New shoes! Very smart! Sue's laces are particularly striking...
We brought them home, with the vague intention of using them in Scotland. It seems they are similar dimensions to those being debated on Chris Townsend's pages (6 February 2009), so they may be too small to deal well with deep, fresh snow. But we hope they may work where the snow has consolidated a bit, and we know they will perform well when they return to Canada.
They may also come in handy for our forthcoming visit to the TGO Challenge High Altitude Training Camp.