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#1 - What makes you most
happy about exploring the Esplanade range of the Selkirk Mountains?
Initially, the happiest part was being able to head back to one of the areas (Meadow Lodge, photo below) and travel through terrain I had previously skied in. But after 4-days with this crew, the happiest part is being with like-minded, easy going mountain folk.
#2 - Describe your perfect day in the backcountry?
For running, I think a day high in the alpine, with great views, easy travel and a mixed bag of weather, just to keep it interesting.
#3 - How does our
incredible wilderness inspire you?
Being in such a vast and beautiful environment reminds me that we are very fortunate to be able to live here and enjoy the raw power of nature so close to home.
#4 - Name your top ‘3
things’ you loved about the Esplanade Traverse?
a) The simplicity. Being able to (mostly) leave work behind, our main objective each day was to get to the next lodge. How we got to the lodge, is an entirely different subject.
b) The attitude. Our crew, 12 girls and 2 guys, bonded right away and things only got better throughout the week. Having a good team mentality on these huts trips is of paramount importance. Our crew had it in spades.
c) The view. The Esplanade Range is a perfectly suited environment for hiking and trail running. The ground cover is mostly soft, the ridges are wide and there is plenty of water. And with spectacular views of Rogers Pass and the Rockies, you couldn't ask for a much better place for a trail running retreat.
#5 - In your opinion, what is our (area) best kept secret?
Best secret? Definitely all of the lakes along the traverse. Big ones. Small ones. Cold ones. Colder ones. Search them out. Swim in them.
#6 - What recommendation
would you give to a new visitor, who has never hiked/trekked our mountains?
Start slow. Ease into and just enjoy the time outside. Build up to longer trails. Make an adventure out of your day and make time to just sit and stare at the mountains. That's why we are there, right??
#7 - Was the Esplanade
Traverse everything you dreamed about?
I was slightly nervous about it to begin with, not knowing exactly what to expect. But it turned out to be better than expected. Good travel, amazing camaraderie and mostly perfect weather. Who needs any more than that??
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