It was Christian and our friend Tiff's birthday on Nov. 8th and 9th Nov, therefor a double b-day bash has planned. We gathered a few friend - most seem to bail due to lack of snow or injuries. Our friends must be getting old. Probably better off since Keith hut usually is very busy.
We had an early start from Vancouver and took 3 hours or so to hike in. There was just a dusting of snow on the trail, and good coverage started right around the hut, so the walk in was easy. We were the first to arrive at the hut other than a few people that arrived the previous day. Christian, Tiff, Kelsey and Jeff took of for some skiing, while Fenya and I stayed in the hut. We played games, danced and watched as the hut slowly filled up. Christian and Co arrived back around dinner time after a few runs. Kelsey and Tiff are new on skis, so there had been a good amount of falling. Snow was reported to be good, and coverage okay.
There was some good partying going on that evening. Birthday pie, mulled wine and a dance circle in the snow. Still everyone was in bed by 10pm, which I guess is more like 1am backcountry time.
Sunday the snow conditions had deteriated a bit, but is was still good. As the privous day we skied of the ridge below motel 66. We just took one run before heading back to the hut for lunch and packing up.
It was a great weekend out. I had actually never spend a night in Keith Hut during ski season before as I have always deemed it too busy. It was busy - very busy, but it was okay. F did well with all the people. True winter is coming though, so it might be a while before we get to go on an overnight trip again. In mid-winter access to many huts gets too long, and the easy accecable huts gets too busy.
Say Nuth Khaw Yum
Discovery Islands Bike loop
East Coast Trail
Recent tips and thought
Pandemic pondering and wandering
Tweaking our haul-a-day
Making kids crampons
Digging a snowcave
Make a kid towing harness