Rock-climbing, zipping and running in Whistler

We’re in Whistler for Automatic’s grand meetup and it has been great. The past 24 hours have been particularly active…

Yesterday started with a gentle yoga class, about ten of us greeting the morning and snow-capped mountains with some downwards dogs and creaking knees. This oiled me up well for the next activity – which was pretty much rock climbing!

The Via Ferrata was one of the activities we could sign up for, and boy am I glad I did. We took the gondola up towards Whistler peak, walked to the base and then clipped onto cables as we scaled the rock face. It was a slightly scary but exhilarating hour’s climb – and it snowed while we were on our way up!


About fifteen minutes after I got back it was time to head off for Zip Trek, the second activity I signed up for. The course included 5 zips, one of which we were encouraged to try flipping upside down for. (Un)Fortunately there was a camera to snap our attempts…

Upside down

Loving it.

Needless to say, the jacuzzi felt good when my busy day wrapped up at 5pm. But that wasn’t all…

This morning I ran 5km with a bunch of Automatticians as part of the #wwp5k, Worldwide WordPress 5km run. We went at quite a lick so it was kind of tiring, but fun and fresh, and beautiful – our route was around a golf course in Whistler. Many trees and much mist as we huffed and puffed.

At the end everyone made a little tunnel to high five the finishers. When my alarm went off at 6:30am I felt very unkeen but am glad I did it!

Automattic is making a donation to Soles4Souls, a charity dedicated to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing, which is awesome.

Happy times in Whistler! Thankful to be part of Automattic.

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