Day 3 of 3 – Nanaimo River… The Dark Side

Last day of camping at Nanaimo River! (sadface). Last night some jerks tried to break into the trunk of my car, but luckily they didn’t succeed. Instead they damaged the lock so now my key doesn’t work in the trunk. It really annoys me people who try to steal and/or break into things… I don’t understand how people can get so desperate… Gah! I can go on about this forever, but I won’t.

Dion and I packed up all our stuff and decided to check out the other side of Nanaimo River (it’s called the Dark Side) for some rock climbing. I’ve never been to the Dark Side before, so I was really excited to check it out.

We parked our car on the other side of the river and started walking to the rock climbing site. It’s such a cool place to hike as there’s parts where the ground is cracked and you can see down to the bottom. We then got to a skinnier trail and then we were greeted by a ladder going down under rocks. At this point I was pretty excited.

Once we got out from under the rocks, we were greeted by rocks on either side of us. It was a corridor. It seemed like something from Lord of the Rings. It was surreal! Everything about it looked beautiful – the rocks, the sights… Everything!

After a bunch of picture taking, we decided to keep on going. But every few steps we took, we kept getting distracted by more amazingness! This tree grew in the crack!

After a few hours of distractions, we were trying to figure out which climbs to do first. The only problem was, a lot of the rock was still a bit damp. So we had no choice but to warm up by lead climbing a 5.10c…. Well… I decided to warm up on it (I’ll update you guys with the name once I get back from Vancouver). This route was AMAZING! It had everything in it. Jugs, big moves, crimps, laybacks, cracks. It was great!

By the end of the route, I was really glad I was able to finish because my confidence isn’t that great yet. So there were a lot of times where I was pretty sketched out because I didn’t want to take a fall. But I think I’m slowly getting more confident every climb!! Afterwards, we attempted a 5.11 but failed miserably because the rock was wet. I ended up smashing my knee into the rock and left some blood behind… Oops! But oh well, we’ll be back for it! Can’t wait to get out there again!

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Day 1 of 3: Camping And Rock Climbing At Nanaimo River

Dion and I (Rhiannon bailed at the last minute… Sadface) were planning on going to Squamish to hike and rock climb, but the weather forecast looked like crap, We played it safe and decided to go to Nanaimo River instead. We left on July 17th and came back on July 19th. It was a blast! ….. As usual.

We got to Nanaimo River around 5:30pm ish? It was pretty late in the day. But we made it! We lugged all our stuff to our “campsite” and luckily we found two wood pallets, so we carried those back to our campsite and took it apart for firewood (yay for free stuff!). And this was the tool we had to tear those pallets apart. We decided that it would be quicker to do it this way rather than driving into town and picking up an axe of some sort… But yes, it worked!

After setting up and all that, we managed to get a climb or two in. It was raining a little bit, so it wasn’t ideal rock climbing conditions. A little bit slippery… But oh well. Here’s our sweet spot where we camped!

And of course… We had a fire!

And that was pretty much it for day number one. Keep on checking back for details on the other two days!

Matthew Poon And Lotta Lundsten Invades Nanaimo And Qualicum Beach

On June 12th, Matthew Poon and Lotta Lundsten had to play two gigs – one in Nanaimo and one in Qualicum Beach. I decided to be their chauffeur for the trip because I like to drive, and it’s a mini road trip!

We got to our first destination – Nanaimo. We grabbed a quick bite to eat and then off to the retirement home where Matt and Lotta were going to perform. The place was called Berwick On The Lake, and I must say, it was a pretty nice place! I decided to take a few HDR pictures there. You can check them out here. The view and everything was pretty awesome!

It was a pretty good turn out! Everyone enjoyed the music. So afterwards, we packed up and hit the road again. Our next destination was Qualicum Beach. We got there really early, so we had a little bit of time to kill. We drove around and checked out the beach, and then we found this amazing restaurant called Beach House Cafe. The iced tea was awesome, the view was awesome, and the food was awesome! Mind you, we didn’t have that much time, so we just got a quick bite, but we’ll be back for sure to try out their main dishes!

We got to the venue, which was The Old School House Art Centre. It was a really cool place. They played in a room filled with paintings. It seated about 70 people? It was nice and intimate. I was a huge fan of the paintings on the wall. It looked awesome! I was able to take a few pictures while they were practicing just before people started coming in, so that was sweet.

Most of the seats were filled at the concert, and once again they played amazingly! Good job you two!!

Here’s a link to my Flickr where there’s a few more pictures to check out.

Week 15 – Berwick On The Lake

This week has been really busy for me – LOTS of road trips, rock climbing, and hanging out with friends. Life can’t get any better than this. But anyways, thought I’d do a quick post before I have to head out the door.

My friend Azn Matt and Lotta played two gigs on Sunday. One at a retirement home in Nanaimo and the other one at an old school house which is now an art centre. It was really cool! I decided to drive them to these gigs because I like road trips and I like to drive. So the HDR pics for this week were taken at the retirement home in Nanaimo.

10mm, ISO 200, F8

10mm, ISO 200, F8

 

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