Evans Peak - conquered!
Last month my husband and I attempted Evan's Peak and didn't complete it as we were completely unprepared. Last weekend, we attempted it again and conquered it! For myself, it was a brutal climb on what is described by hikers as 'very difficult'. I repeat this again, I am no means an outdoorsy person and at this point in my life, far from fit (although I did run regularly the week before so it helped a lot), but for my husband, I'll do it.
Evans Peak is part of the Garibaldi Ranges and has an elevation of 3,714 feet. It's located in British Columbia's Golden Ear's Provincial Park, in Maple Ridge.
We hiked it on the first weekend of summer, the hottest day so far, and were shielded from the heat (it was so much cooler than our condo!). There were two rivers trickling through, cooling us down and a lot of shade.
And snow (!!!) as we neared the top. Towards the last stretch, you do have to scale some rocks and use vines to pull yourself up, and there's a section quite close to the edge.
But A LOT of bugs at the top - I'm so glad that we stopped for some OFF.
It took us a total of 8.5 hours, round trip (likely less if my husband had gone on his own) and my legs were like jelly. The climb down was brutal for me. There were tears at some point. Despite that, I'm SO happy I didn't give up, and continued to the top. It was a great sense of accomplishment and I really pushed myself out of my physical comfort zone. I'm writing this 4 days since I hiked it and my legs are just now recovering. It's a good benchmark and reference for future hikes and the accomplishment kind of gives me a boost to do more hikes, which I'm sure my husband will be happy about.
The next day, I dragged my husband to the mall with me for an hour as pay-back ;)