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Tubin’ Trip Report

February 8th, 2010

A small group of us went out to Glissades des Pays d’en Haut on Saturday, and had a blast shooting down the slope in various inflatable items.  Interest was really high on this trip, so hopefully we’ll be able to get another one going while the powder’s still out there!

Thanks to all that came out!  As a side note, this was my last event as an executive with CO, and I want to thank you all for your contributions to making this little club of ours something really fun, really easy, and really special.

Trip Report: Mont Saint-Hilaire

June 20th, 2009

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Despite the threat of rain and the lack of sleep on my part (ah, those insidious pub nights!), CO took a day trip out to Mont Saint-Hilaire yesterday.

We made off under a light sprinkling at 10AM and hiked up the Rocky 2 trail (4.4 km), enjoyed a light lunch on the summit, and then made our way to the more scenic Dieppe summit (yes, we know, 380 m hardly qualifies Hilaire as a mountain).  Along the way, we were distracted by a chorus of bullfrogs and spent a good amount of time trying to figure out where all the little critters were hiding — I believe we counted just short of a dozen in a small pond.  We then trekked down the Dieppe train (3.8 kM), grabbed some treats at the visitor centre, and made our way back home.

While not a terribly difficult hike, we still love Hilaire for its pastoral scenery, its wildlife observation opportunities, and its proximity to the city.  It’s great for beginners, and we look forward to running another hike there later this summer.

As always, more photos are available in our Flickr pool.

Trip Report: Mont Tremblant Hike

May 17th, 2009

Sunday’s hike at Mont Tremblant may go down as one of our most eventful day trips, ever.

It began as we impatiently headed up to the mountain — perhaps a little too impatiently.  Coming around the corner one after another, we all caught sight of the cruiser on the side of the road at the same time, hitting the breaks.  Unfortunately, we were too late, the cherries came on, and our lead car was motioned over to the side of the road.  Poor Di ended up getting his first speeding ticket ever.  Boo!

Mont Tremblant itself was quite busy, but the trails themselves weren’t particularly crowded.  Which is great, because there were only two trails open, both rated “black diamond”, i.e. advanced.  Sorry, newbie hikers.  But onward we trudged, on the ski lift to the village, up the stairs to the trailhead, and towards the summit.

Finding a lovely waterfall, the group posed for photos, hamming it up for the camera… at which point Hussein lands butt-first in the frigid glacial river.  At least he brought a spare pair of socks.

Not long after, I misstepped on a slippery rock and performed a flying elbow drop on a boulder.  I aborted the hike at that point as I was pretty sure I’d broken a rib (6.5 hours in the ER said otherwise), but I’m told the rest of the group completed the hike.  Well done folks!

More photos from the hike are available in our Flickr pool.  Upload yours!