Weekend Meanderings: Porteau Cove and West Vancouver

It’s been very dry in BC this summer. Currently, there are over 100 wildfires burning across the province and many people have (and still are) evacuated from their homes. Vancouver finally moved to a Level-3 water ban mid-week because the water reservoir is so low – so we need rain, definitely!

It started to drizzle yesterday, and the forecast was for rain all weekend. This is good, for so many reasons!

But… Vancouver-ites like to complain… about most things. So the complaint? It’s great that it’s raining, but on the weekend?? Really!??! We’re supposed to go climbing!!

Yes, we’ve got horrible first-world, weekend-warrior problems.

But today we start the next training period – the Power Phase. I will write about our plans in the next few days. So we’ll be at the gym today, training for power on the campus board. It was our intention anyways (to climb inside today), so probably best the weather is making it easier for us to handle 🙂

Last weekend was a hot, hot weekend. We planned for our usual 5 am wake-up time in order to climb in cooler conditions and we went to an often-quiet crag at Porteau Cove.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Rock climbing at Porteau Cove, Vancouver BC

Yes, park in the pull-out that says “No Stopping”.

We first came here a few years ago on an exploratory hike, and we climbed only a couple of the easier routes. We’ve been back a few times this year, as we really like the super-long (~30 m) routes and they’ve cleaned up a bit since our first visit. As a bonus there are great views over Howe Sound!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Rock climbing at Porteau Cove, Vancouver BC

It’s a relatively short hike in from the road, maybe 10 minutes, but the path is not as worn as other crags, so make sure you keep an eye out for the pink marker tape!

As expected, we were the only people there for the day, so we had our choice of routes! The routes are long, well-bolted, and have some really fun moves! We will probably use this crag for some power-endurance training in a few weeks time.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Rock climbing at Porteau Cove, Vancouver BC

On Sunday’s, we try to get in a long-ish cycle ride in the morning, with the mid-way destination being somewhere to stop for coffee and a treat. On the really nice days, we like to cycle over to West Vancouver, usually to the Whole Foods Market. The early morning start means the bridge isn’t busy yet, and we love the views over the water.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Cycling over Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Cycling over Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver BC

It was really warm and muggy last Sunday, even by 7 am, but so calm and peaceful – early mornings really are the best part of the day for us!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Cycling over Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Cycling over Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver BC

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Cycling over Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver BC

Ah, the half-way point!

Happy weekend!!

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