Solitary hike today since the route I selected had a lot of unknowns, steepness of descents, wetness, and/or blowdowns, that Colette did not want to risk taking on.
And, it had all of those, although nothing too extreme, nor would they have been impossible for Colette, but I got to deal with them alone.
The climb to Johannsen Peak was pretty F'n steep near the summit; I could barely keep going on a couple of the pitches. But once on the top, the ridgeline heading south to the top of the ski area, White Peak, was gorgeous. And the cool breeze was pleasant, too.
The main descent, from White Peak to the Tremblant Nord ski area, had some steep, non-rocky sections with soft footing as the trail doesn't get the traffic of the main routes leading up to the cable car.
The shortest trail section, Grand Nord, turned out to be a treat and a curse--the rocks in the narrow re-entrant were knee-high and in great abundance, making progess quite slow. But the cliff and the coolness were impressive:
Start of the rocky section on the Grand Nord Trail--30' cliffs and taller on the righthand side of the path, small stream to the left.
Was pretty tired at the end of this almost four-hour hike. :-)http://www.movescount.com/moves/move298504309