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Part of YAA (again, probably the wrong name, but it's probably also what I'll keep calling it) 2002 involved a mountain climbing trip. Here's the lot of us before we took off up the hill. The mountain in question is Yamnuska.

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Here we can see a couple intrepid hikers and a view of the mountain they're above to surmount.

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And here we have a picture of somebody falling off a hill.... or something. Yes, that's me there. I really don't know what I'm doing.

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Some pleasant shrubs.

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The view across the valley from Yamnuska.

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The intrepid hikers as we stop for a short break.

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The view was great in places. In the background here you can see the heart shaped lake, which turns un-heart-shaped at higher altitudes. On the right is Chris, my good friend.

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Another view of the intrepid hikers. Featured in this picture is Paul in orange. He was one of the Valaqua vets. Pam, on the right, was responsible for organizing the retreat. It's really a laid back sort of retreat. Breakfast isn't too early, and there's plenty of time for relaxation. Works for me.

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A shot of the group when we stopped for lunch. We had made subs in the morning and feasted on them at noon-time.

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Some of the wildlife we saw. Unfortunately, some of the other wildlife we saw consisted of ticks. Unpleasant little creatures they are, but not a real problem if you're vigilant. The trail we took was somewhat notorious for its tick population.

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Ever feel like you're on top of the world? I'm pretty sure Eddy is here.

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We met a french fellow part way up the mountain. By this time, we had lost a number of hikers. The group was becoming a bit less intrepid. We also encountered some people who were climbing up the cliff side of the mountain. Everyone was encouraged to only hike as far as they felt comfortable. Groups occasionally split off and went back down the mountain.

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Paul, Chris, and I at the highest point we reached. After climbing through snow more than a foot deep, we decided it was time to call it quits and rest for a bit before the journey back down. At this point, there were only 5 hikers left of the original bundle. I tried to figure out where we were on the mountain by taking pictures of the surroundings. Unfortunately, things looked too different to make an accurate determination. If you're some sort of hard-core hiker, you'll be glad to know that two people went even further and eventually surmounted the peak you can see in the background.

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Just some of the great view seen from the top.

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This is on the way down. Chris is pointing aprehensively at the ridge we need to walk along to progress further down. It may not look like much, but it's kinda scary walking on rocks beside snow when the only real way you could fall is down the side of the mountain. Suffice to say, we made it across without injury. If Chris' pants look wet here, it's due to the fact that they are. That snow can really do a number on ya.

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This great picture is brought to you by a rock, a hard place, and Chris. I won't tell you what happened moments after we took this picture. Nobody died.

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More wildlife. I believe this one is a leaping meadow dweller. Or maybe it's some sort of purple flower. Who's to say?

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The formidable Mount Yamnuska. I have reason to believe we were somewhere on the right side of the rocky part.

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This is a picture of the mountain and me on the way up.

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Keith, the pastor of Holyrood Mennonite Church tromps through some of the snow we had to deal with. It's amazing how much snow remains when you can walk around in your t-shirt.

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Another picture of the view on the way up. These pictures are a bit out of order chronologically. In any case, you can see that the mountain trip was a bit challenging, certainly awesome, and it certainly prepares you well for the hot tub at the end of the day. It was an awesome part of another awesome YAA retreat.