When will this downhill ever end – the Hill from Hell to Porcupine Campground – Back Country Hike – July 2019 – Part 6

Constantly looking down to ensure safe foot placement, I had missed the fact that we had passed the top of the Citadel Pass (2,360 m – 7,743 feet ASL) and were now heading down, slowly at first and then steeper and steeper.

Starting our descent
We passed a Grizzly bear wallow at one point. Perhaps we could sleep here tonight. NOT!!

At some point, we came to the proverbial fork in the road. One trail leveled out and was a mostly horizontal trail to Og Lake. The other, was still going downhill for another 184 m. Rats, that would have to be our trail.

the valley floor was still a long way below us
and the mountain tops were getting ever further above us.

Still we went down. We kept guessing how far it was to go. Phrases like “Just around the corner” and Those are the lies we tell ourselves” would come floating back. Just when I thought my big toes would drive right through the front of my hiking boots, we turned that corner and saw the sign that brought us hope.

We had arrived and we were in another Canadian province (British Columbia). No wonder we were so tired.

11 thoughts on “When will this downhill ever end – the Hill from Hell to Porcupine Campground – Back Country Hike – July 2019 – Part 6

  1. I probably would camp in a grizzly wallow by accident. There is so much I don’t know!
    I’m laughing my butt off at “Those are the lies we tell ourselves” Right?!
    Downhill is the WORST! Worse than uphill. Way worse. (Until one is actually hiking uphill of course)
    High five on hiking to BC!

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    1. I was fortunate to be hiking with back country experts. After we saw the wallow, we were on high alert for bear sightings. We had 4 cans of bear spray between us, but frankly, when bears see 4 noisy males with huge packs on their backs, they likely giggle and run away. The “Lies We Tell Ourselves” was a common theme throughout the hike and we all got a lot of laughs at this. Downhill was the longest elevation stretch. Good thing I have good knees and good hiking boots. Uphill was not fun and we took it on in small bites. Thanks for reading and commenting Lael.

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  2. I remember when I was young – I took in the (I think the name was) Miles for Millions. It was a 25 mile walk to raise money for some charity. I got half way and wanted to quit – but kept telling myself – it’s all down hill from here. Seems the idea of down hill makes the walk seem that much shorter. Was it that way for you Allan ? Looking at your lovely photos – it seems you still have good weather on your side.

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    1. My Miles for Millions was in 1969 and we did our walk in the foothills West of Nanton. I joined in and think I raised a whopping $15. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and wore socks and sandals. By Mile 5, my feet were filled with blisters and by Mile 15, they all popped and I stopped for First Aid. But, I finished the walk. 2 days later, I could not even walk up the stairs to the school bus. Thinking you can do this kind of thing with no training is silly. On this walk, all was good the first day, even though we had goofed on the distance calc. It was the upholl portions on the next 2 days that slowed me down, but at no time did I wish I was anywhere else. The weather during our hikes was good for most of the distance. Stay tuned for when it was not. Thanks for reading and commenting, Ann.

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