Every Friday I get a text from my friend Mikhail asking if I can go up to Duncan to shoot some bouldering. With my all-consuming school schedule I wasn’t able to find the time to make the trip until the second-last day of my final break – three weeks before he leaves for NSCAD. Noah and I drove up to Duncan, met up with Mikhail, and hiked until we met up with Greg, Jane, Tiana, and their friends.

The hike in took about 45 minutes. It was mostly uphill – some of it along switchbacks – but it took us through waist-height ferns and along narrow, sloping paths. In other words, it was sweet.

One of many snails on the path.

One of many snails on the path.

My view for the hike in.

My view for the hike in.

My other view - Noah's crashpad.

My other view – Noah’s crashpad.

Noah #flexin

Noah #flexin

Large ferns.

Large ferns.

#flexin

#flexin

Deer skull in some ferns.

Deer skull in some ferns.

Noah looking at rocks like a weirdo.

Noah looking at rocks like a weirdo.

Noah in his new home.

Noah in his new home.

First thing he does (after lunch #1): find a large rock and lift it.

First thing he does (after lunch #1): find a large rock and lift it.

The group spotting for Jane.

The group spotting for Jane.

Noah sitting under Jackpot Roof.

Noah sitting under Jackpot Roof.

Climbing into the light.

Climbing into the light.

The rain meant we spent most of our time on overhangs.

The rain meant we spent most of our time on overhangs.

Mikhail on Jackpot Roof.

Mikhail on Jackpot Roof.

Soren on Bear Lover.

Soren on Bear Lover.

Greg "Crouching Tiger" Bauch.

Greg “Crouching Tiger” Bauch.

Mikhail getting all Metolius on Bear Lover.

Mikhail getting all Metolius on Bear Lover.

Greg on Bear Lover.

Greg on Bear Lover.

Jane and her new friend.

Jane and her new friend.

Putting on proper fitting shoes at the end of the day.

Putting on proper fitting shoes at the end of the day.

Sweaty selfie in the ferns.

Sweaty selfie in the ferns.

Nice view on the hike down.

Nice view on the hike down.

The path.

The path.

Noah just before we hit the road.

Noah just before we hit the road.

Sweet looking road heading back to the car.

Sweet looking road heading back to the car.