Running (Trail) 5:30:00  21.0 km (15:43 / km) +1220m 12:11 / km
shoes: Hoka Stinson 3
Moraine Lake to Lake O’Hara with Carbon and Lyen.
Felt really strong, running fast up the trail from Moraine with a 20 lb pack with two axes etc. Felt like I could keep this pace all day.
Some minor route finding up to Wenkchemna Pass and then a lot of big scree on the way down the other side. This back valley was especially nice, it felt remote with no trail. Past the Eagle’s Eyre. Roped up when we got to the Opabin Glacier. I led, had a probe out just in case I needed to check any spots and probed a lot out of curiosity. Snow depths were about 150-275 cm. Up to the col got steep, with a layer of storm snow on top of a hard layer. Body-belayed the others up just in case they slid. Down over the other side had the same challenge with a steep slope and a top layer that would shear. A bit more boulder hopping and then we reached the first lake, with trail on the other side. Added the Yukness ledges trail. Ran fast on the last stretch to Lake O’Hara because I still felt good. Got there with time to spare to get some seats on the bus so that we wouldn’t have to run the road out.
Had some rain today but still enjoyed it. The biggest challenges were the isothermal snow, a bit of postholing, and the storm snow layer that would slide easily.