Hi, happy New Year!
I don’t have much experience in backcountry travel during winter months. Normally, when the hiking season ends, I hibernate until spring. Last winter, I snowshoed a little bit more than the previous year and this winter, I plan to continue to build my stoke for the season.
With a quiet shoulder season, we were aching to get outdoors. On Jan 1, 2015, Ryan and I thought to celebrate the New Year by knocking an item off of our to-hike list: catching a sunset from Mt. Seymour.
Snowshoes were not necessary for this trip; we were fine with microspikes as the trail was well worn. The temperature was mild and I had layered down to my tank top within the first half hour.
The ski hill was closed due to poor snow conditions. Rather than taking the standard backcountry access trail, we went straight up the ski runs and joined back up with the standard trail at Brockton Point. From there, we went up the south face of First Pump.
By the time we reached First Pump, there was a large group of individuals on the summit.
We knew we wouldn’t make Seymour by sunset, so we decided to explore the evening light on the plateau around First Pump:
As the sky and the snow turned gold, we slowly made our way over to the summit of First Pump:
Views from First Pump:
After the sun dipped below the horizon, we put on our headlamps and set off along the standard Seymour winter trail, back to the truck. With Ryan pretty much shining day light on the way, our hike back was easy and uneventful.
Stats for the day:
Total Distance: 8.77km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 601m
In terms of blood sugar management, my readings remained between 8.2mmol and 12.7mmol. I went through 3 shotbloks the entire day and only corrected with a total of 2.2 units. Normally, such a small dosage of insulin, with 3 shotblocks, would have spiked me well into my 20s; however, I felt like I was constantly battling low blood sugars throughout the day.
This is not the first time we have experienced inexplicable low-trending blood sugars while hiking. Months ago, we wondered if I still had some insulin producing beta cells. A few days after our hike, I came across an article suggesting this was, in fact, possible: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/837312 – our crazy blood sugar days now make more sense.
After appreciating such a beautiful day, I’m looking forward to gaining more experience in winter travel and seeing more of what winter has to offer.