Spent yesterday with my daughter, scaling The Stawamus Chief. It’s a good-sized piece of granite found in Squamish, and was a fun way to spend BC Day here in this beautiful place. [I did get us lost at the bottom to begin with, so our hike was about 2 km longer than planned…]
The Chief is said to be second in size only to the Rock of Gibraltar as far as granite monoliths go, and has an amazing front face very popular with rock climbers. We passed many a climber scampering back down the mountain — you could tell from afar by the jingling of their carabiners and other equipment.
The girl and I hiked up the path around the back. No rock walls, but lots of rock steps and a few chains and ladders thrown in to make the final ascent to the peak interesting. The view made all the sweat and blood worth the trip, though — it’s breathtaking up there!
Tomorrow I head off to LA for the SCBWI conference. Mostly I’m going there to meet up with writer friends — Linda Gerber, Marsha Skrypuch, Kate Coombs and others. Just heard my frequent partner in crime Kari-Lynn Winters is going to be there as well. Stay tuned — I’ll be sure to keep you up to date with all the shenanigans of this crazy crew.
[all pix, apart from the final triumphant pose taken by her mother, credited to Meaghan Dyer]