After lots of fun and trying out new stuff, university courseload load got pressing enough that I had to spent even weekends on it.
But still I couldn’t miss out on the awesome Rock Party, organized by the Outdoor Club.
It’s not a Rock party as you might think with sex, drugs and Rock’n roll (although all of former was involved in it). The main focus was on Rock Climbing in Squamish.
That means 120 people doing climbing courses from level 1-4, camping together and enjoying an eccentric party with lots of sporty challenges like table bouldering, night slackline and other climbing games. To relax after all those fun sport stuff one could enjoy some fun company in the only-naked Hot Tub.
Day two was again climbing in small groups. I was very lucky to go out with some pros and learn some lead and overhang climbing in magnificent scenery.
After that last fun thing, life got a little more serious and as the system over here insists on people continuously learning I spend about almost two weeks with midterms, essays and my beloved physics books. I actually ended up enjoying it and even doing side readings on unrelated topics purely out of interest.
And to not get too much into intellectual academia stuff during these autumn days I tried to spice things up with some Mini Events:
Two Thanksgiving Dinners for good food and interesting socializing with business people (some immediately see you as network and hand treat you like it) and the more exchange club people.
Thunderbirds Ice Hockey game, definitely a brutal but action packed sport !
Also trying out some awesome Acro Yoga and enjoying some sunrise Yoga on the beach before heading to the library.
After all that learning I really needed to go on some adventures again!
So I posted in the Exchange group a simple
“Who’s in for some hitchhiking and scrambling in the mountains this weekend ?”
Hoping for one or two people to join.
In the end it we were 6, so instead of completely spontaneous we did 3 groups of two and hitchhiked up to a meeting point: Wedgemount Lake.
I hitchhiked with an adventure prone Dutch guy, Wouter starting at 11:00.
After two awesome rides, one by a native women explaining local tribe structures, legends and the general situation of Natives in Canada and another ski crazy guy who came for a semester abroad 6 years ago and just stayed, we arrived at the trailhead at 17:00.
Night hikes have always been one of my favorites so we did the 1200m elevation with freezing temperature that made all the trail glittering like fairy dust (ice cristalls).
The view of wedgemount lake definitely was worth all our efforts.
After a cozy night in the small hut we embarked on our scramble up Mt. Weart a nice peak “just a 800m scramble” away. Our first stop at the Mt. Wedge glacier took a little bit longer due to some pictures that just needed to be made.
Getting close to this massive of ice got me in my (sometimes over enthusiastic):
“Ahh this is so awesome” – State.
As Alice and Jan didn’t like the night as much as we did, they went back to Vancouver whereas Wouter, Will (a supercool guy we met on the way up at night) and I continued.
The normal route up Mt. Weart is a big round loop, so Will suggested:
Let’s try the direct way straight up !
And so we did.
Some steep stone fields, and awesome ridge climbing later we arrived at what we thought was the peak.
Unfortunately we didn’t knew that the real Mt. Weart was just the mountain next to this one and there was a 30 m straight drop between these two.
Cut a long story short: We climbed the wrong peak…
And the way down involved some serious climbing, maybe that’s the reason why normally the route is a big loop =)
O’well. Back on track again but way to late for another attempt to Mt Weart we needed to head back to the hut before it get’s dark.
As my hunger for exploration wasn’t satisfied yet I went on another small climb up a ridge to get a view over the huge Mt. Weart glacier. I arrived there shortly before sunset, see yourself if it was worth it.
Arriving back at the hut after 8h of intense scrambling I was pretty exhausted.
Thanks to our Swiss friend Solange who brought up some delicious pasta, I recovered pretty fast so next day, next adventure!
As we needed to be back in Vancouver in the evening we aimed for the smaller peak
Mt. Cook. Some changing weather and motivating sun breaks in between brought us up to this amazing spot.
Completely exhausted but infinitely rewarded by what we had the honor to experience we made it back to Vancouver.
During the Lab in my “Designing Cognitive Systems” Course we had to program and build Lego Mindstorm Robots and program them to compete against each other in Sumo Fights. It was pretty challenging to understand the parts and program language in only some hours but it was definitely fun and a good learning experience with nerve wrecking fights in the end. That’s exactly how university should be like!
Surprisingly my team did win the matches and we got first in the tournament.
This thursday I’ll head off for a roadtrip starting at Las Vegas and going all along the Westcoast up to Vancouver. Looking forward to meet up with some old friends and experience the Silicon Valley side of life 😉
Over and out.
Big greetings to my friends all over the world!