The main excitement of the day was the wind... and what a wind it was. Something maybe only Island people would understand, because I have never felt wind like this in Vancouver. The entire hike up I could hear the trees cracking and popping as the wind readjusted and tested them. Small branches breezed my my head. I came up with my plans for if a) a tree was going to fall on me - run like hell and b) a giant branch came sailing at me - jump, duck, run.... It was windy.
I found it rather humurous that the beginning of the trail had a handful of signs pointing to the summit, but once I got up there... I had no idea, and still don't really KNOW, where the summit was. There was a flat expanse of rock with a beautiful view up Island that I will call the summit - unfortunately I did not take much time to enjoy the vista because the wind was particularly strong without the trees to break its full force. I had to brace myself, legs apart, knees bent, shoulder to the wind... just to keep standing. I squatted down (less surface area?) to take a picture, and was blown over. So needless to say, I did not stop to enjoy my snack.
The trail carried on past the summit and down the other side - I followed this part way, still in search of the perhaps official Summit, but turned back after awhile - the trail was becoming slightly hard to follow and my ears were particularly icy.
If you are thinking about hiking Mount Work - check out this project I am working on for some more details.