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Ha Ling: Seven

After work, and my first snow-free ascent for the year. I had the mountain to myself (there was barely even a squirrel to be seen), and it was lovely blue sky weather too.


Look, no snow! Well, still a bit on Mount Lawrence Grassi, but the Ha Ling trail was clear



It was a bit cool and windy at the summit though (finally wearing my new jacket too, see how clean and shiny looking it is – well compared to the old one which is seven years old and not very water proof any more)


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We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming with an exhilarating account of Megan’s ascent of Ha Ling Peak.


Bike rests at the pass (note water crackers in drink bottle holder)

The cycle from home, through town, and up the hill to the pass between Mt Lawrence Grassi and Mt Rundle went something like this:


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Then the bike was hidden in the trees, and bike shoes were switched for Chaco sandals. And the hike went something like this:







The summit of Ha Ling is at 2407 metres (7897ft), so an elevation gain of 700 metres for the hike, or 1.1km if you count it all the way from cycling through town. Basically, it was high enough for the intermittent rain to turn up as snow just as I arrived at the summit (while I was quite warm in shorts and a t-shirt down in the valley).



After some summit photos and snacks, I trotted back down the hill again, singing along to the songs in my newly created adventuring soundtrack…

I’m burning through the skies Yeah!
Two hundred degrees
That’s why they call me Mister Fahrenheit
I’m trav’ling at the speed of light
I wanna make a supersonic man of you

(Queen are fun – although I’m not sure how much sense some of the lyrics make, particularly that one about a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva).

Back down from the hiking, I collect my bike and just after taking this photo, realise my wallet is not in my pack. This was nearly the sad tale of a wallet lost somewhere on the wilds of Ha Ling Peak, but instead is the feel-good story of a lost wallet found by someone and handed in to a passing Park Ranger, who in turn got the wallet back to its owner.



Thanks for that Tom. After the weather, we’ll be coming back to you with more hard hitting news from the Yukon.