This year is a particularly bad one for windfall on many trails, with several sustaining significant damage from storms over the past six months. The Hollyburn Chute section of the Baden Powell Trail (which is roughly south of the Holllyburn Lodge to Craigmohr Road) had, at last count, about 60 trees down across the trail. Several volunteers have cleared fallen branches and put up trail tapes so you can navigate through the Chute, but it’s currently not runnable.
The District of West Vancouver is aware of the Hollyburn Chute damage and they will send work crews to clean it up in the next few weeks. Until that is done, our training runs will avoid the Chute beginning with this Sunday’s run, so please ensure you hear the updated route information at the training run briefing. (The meeting place and time are unchanged.)
Snow and wind storms of the past several months brought down many trees on the Hollyburn Chute. Volunteers have cleared the branches so you can do your best parkour move over the trees. Chainsaw crews will remove the rest of the damage in the next few weeks.
The details for tonight’s run have been posted on our Facebook community page by Clive Boness. Meeting place and start time are unchanged. Please check out the Facebook post for route information.
Here are some volunteer crew shirts from past years. How many do you have?
A small group checked out the Baden Powell Trail today from Cypress to Hollyburn. We found mostly continuous snow ranging from 30cm to 90cm. Snowpack is melting rapidly with rain and warm temperatures. Watch out for postholing and the snowbridge at the first creek crossing will weaken considerably over the next week, so be cautious there. (You may need to find a crossing higher up from where the trail actually crosses.) We put up tapes wherever the markers weren’t obvious. Ski runs have a solid snowpack between 60cm-90cm deep. Only one blowdown, located five minutes east of Cypress Sk area, but easily bypassed.
“What’s the distance for the Sunday training runs? That info would help me plan my training on days when I can’t make it to the official run.”
This recent question on our Facebook community page prompted a discussion amongst our Knee Knacker Sunday training run leaders. It’s a question that comes up every year (usually followed by “what pace should I be running?” and “how does my marathon time convert into a Knee Knacker time?”).
We don’t provide distances–and at this point, any distances we give would be estimates at best, sure to be argued by various GPS-toting colleagues–because our philosophy is that training on the route (or similar terrain and conditions) is the best sort of training for the Knee Knacker.
Running on mountainous trails brings its own idiosyncracies, so the Sunday training routes were not picked so much for distance, but as a progression of time spent on the trail. Over the years, we’ve found this training regimen to be surprisingly effective (for really only two months to get people ‘up to speed’ for race day).
Additionally, it’s more important to train on differing styles of terrain in given periods of time, instead of focussing on the actual distance.
For example, a hilly or technical section is nothing like the same distance on a road or a flat gravel footpath. Imagine plotting a 3km course on the Seawall versus doing the Grouse Grind.…sounds absurd? Not at all, as this weekend’s run incorporates a very serious climb up Mountain Highway to the top of Grouse Mountain, followed by (an optional) run down the BCMC.
If you really need to know the distance, check out “Exploring Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains” by Roger and Ethel Freeman. It’s a bit old now, but the authors were fastidious about walking every trail (twice) with a wheel to measure distances to the tenth of a kilometre! It’s still by far the best hiking guide to the North Shore.
A wet and muddy training day on the trails did not stop the enthusiasm of 70+ runners. Many thanks to Andrew Wong for toting the umbrella up and down the trails — must protect the camera equipment! Training run photos by Karen Chow are here.
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The proceeds of all photo purchases are donated to North Shore Rescue.
Did you notice that we changed the website’s banner photos to feature various 2012 training runs? Don’t be surprised if you appear in a future banner photo as our intrepid photographers will be joining as many training runs as possible, looking for the best vantage spot and praying to the weather gods for good, even lighting!
The Salomon store at Park Royal in West Vancouver has extended its discount for another week! That’s right, runners and volunteers can receive a 20% discount on selected Salomon products from May 1 until July 21. Just let the store know whether you are a runner or volunteer and bring a piece of ID with you.
Thanks for supporting Salomon!
Sometimes there are last minute updates to a training run (eg. where to meet, where we’re going) so before you leave for the run, check the website or our Facebook community page for announcements. This applies to the Wednesday runs (updates on Facebook) and the Sunday runs (Facebook and website). Most of the time there’s no update, but you never know! Having said that, the June 9 run will be from Deep Cove to St George’s Bench (not Mosquito Creek).