I’m a nursing student from Quebec and for the past 5 years, I’ve been trying to do as much as I could while trying to keep a balance between studies, work, training, backcountry snowboarding, mountain bike raids, and races. So, ultimately, I am used of getting up at 4am and finishing my days at 11pm to get the most out of a day. But since November 2020, I have been on sabbatical and have been enjoying the Rockies and the St-Elias mountains from Alberta to Yukon territory.
This is, in fact, where I met Samuel. In Haines Junction where we went for our first multisport day, last June. We went rock climbing in the afternoon and snowboarding for a sunset chase mission in the evening. I instantly knew that our passion for the mountains was comparable. This is where we started projecting some micro-adventures out in the Yukon and then in Alberta.
Samuel is a backcountry skiing guide in the Chic-Chocs and has been an outdoor passionate for now over 5 years. His main activities are backcountry snowboarding and rock climbing. He also enjoys trail running and scrambling up mountains when he is not climbing. Being in the mountains is his way of life.
The Mount Rundle Traverse is a mountaineering route that involves some class 4 scrambling, some 5.5 climbing and some rappelling. Formed of 11 peaks over 25km, with 2985m of vertical gain. On average, people complete this traverse in 2 days. Sam has been wanting to do this for a while and when he knew I was joining him in the Rockies for a few days, he asked me if I wanted to participate. I looked at this while I was still in the Yukon and was quite intimidated. But any project is enriching with Sam, because he is such a reliable, knowledgeable, and resourceful mountain partner. So, it became our first official joint project.
As planned, the wake up goes well, it’s dark, crisp and cold in the camper, but we’re super motivated to hit the mountain, because the sky is perfectly clear and there is absolutely no wind. I pour the coffee in a mug while Sam prepares 4 rice cakes with almond butter and blueberries to go. The drive is barely 10 minutes, so we have to finish our breakfast fast.