Ok – this won’t be one of those posts that will actually tell you how to do that, but, I feel like I have a story to tell here.
I have been “going outside” for a very short time, and among all the things I have learned so far, I found that by putting yourself in the right place at the right time is key. Special things tend to happen with those who put themselves in special places, at very early times.
That is exactly what happened to me this weekend. Throughout this summer, I have driven to the mountains at various times of the day, and seen incredible sunsets and sunrises. However, most of them have been from the comfort of my car on my way to a scramble, ride, or climb. Well, I thought to myself, why not try to get up something before the sun actually comes up?
With that being said, thanks to Phil (again), I had the opportunity to join a few “hump days” early this summer, which allowed me to not only gain some experience in hiking and scrambling in the dark, but also watch the sun going down above tree line. What a special setting… seeing the day end from the top of a mountain!
It was about 3:30am on Saturday when the alarm went off, and I had two voices in my head. The first one told me to go back to sleep and wake up an hour later and make the trek up Ha-Ling for a quick workout on a clear morning (that was boring Felipe talking to me). The second, however, came after a text from a friend saying “well, we are already up anyway”, and she was absolutely right. We were indeed already up, so it made sense to just simply keeping “going up”.
Driving to Canmore at 4:00am was uneventful and peaceful, playing loud Brazilian music and drinking half a litre of coffee felt just right. I have been up Ha-Ling a few times, and knew that by keeping an OK pace, we would be up in the col between Miners Peak and Ha-Ling just before sunrise. And that’s exactly what happened.
Finding the trail in the dark can be challenging, and being aware of your surroundings at all times is crucial. Bring extra batteries for your headlamp, they do run out eventually.
At about 7:20am, we successfully reached the summit of Ha-Ling with the most incredible sunrise I have seen. The sky was literally on fire.
And there it was – I could not think of a better place to be on a Saturday morning. It just made sense.
The feeling of seeing the world below you waking up is hard to be put into words.
Photos, in this case, do the justice of what we saw:
Anyway, I hope to make these sunrise trips more often. And I hope some of you will too!
Stay safe everyone, and have a great week.
Thanks for reading,
Felipe (Instagram: @thatforeigndude)