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Written By Rob Smith - October 29 2017
With a spooky layer of thick fog still sleeping over the Pitt River, we arrived at Sky Helicopters still partially sleeping ourselves, but no doubt, excited for the morning ahead. We filed into Sky’s sleek hangar where custom lululemon We Run The Sky jackets were awaiting everyone by name.
With the sun just creeping over the horizon we set out for a 9KM out-and-back on the Pitt River Greenway, part of the epic Trans-Canada Trail.
We originally planned on running a trail deep in the Widgeon Valley with access only by helicopter or canoe, but some last minute roadblocks around our landing permission meant we had to alter our plans. Little did we know, the wind and fog meant we wouldn’t have been able to land where we had intended anyway, so with the universe working in mysterious ways, we were onto Plan B.
We stopped to admire the misty calm along the Greenway, and Jeff Pelletier gave the group some insight into the area, and where we planned on flying after breakfast. As we ran, we passed lone oak trees and newly flooded cranberry farms about to be harvested, the vibrant fall colours piercing through the foggy morning.
Once back at Sky we enjoyed a delicious long table brunch from Salt n Sear Catering that filled most bellies three times over, while we waited for the fog to lift.
Any nervousness made way for excitement once we had the green light from Chief Pilot Bryce that it was time to load up. As the first three helicopters fired up, the groups filed out for a safety briefing and off we went to run the sky!
The first two groups headed straight up the valley to Widgeon Lake, but the wind was howling and it would be tough to touch down, so before anyone lost their breakfast (no one did!), the rest of the groups stuck to the lower levels of Widgeon Creek and Pitt Lake.
As this area is so hard to access, the untouched mountains and dramatic lakes seemed even more dramatic, and on this stunningly bright fall morning, the vistas were endless. With cameras in hands and smiles on faces, everyone gathered for one last photo at Sky - it was a Sunday that will be hard to top.
A huge thanks to our friends and partners at Red Bull Canada for always being game for adventure and helping us bring these dreams to reality. Thank you to Sky Helicopters for their expertise and skill navigating the area, and to lululemon for providing everyone with custom jackets for the days adventures, always keeping us looking fresh.
Finally, a special thanks to Jeff Pelletier for his knowledge of the area and Chris Thorn for his consistently beautiful imagery.
Until next time when We Run...