Sun Jul 10, 2011
A good day for hiking, partly cloudy, comfortable temperatures, and very few bugs.
Ice axe: yes, useful, recommended
Crampons: stayed in pack, optional
Snow: began at 1250m, hard packed (watch out for creeks underneath), softening where exposed to sun
Our ascent led us right underneath some cliffs. We had to thread our way through some steep narrow areas. We chose a better route on the descent and had a fast clear route all the way down to reconnect with the trail.
I very briefly
considered going for a swim in the lake, but it looked a wee bit chilly...
Not as much mud as you might expect, but we still found some.
We were treated by a visit from some baby birds on our hike down. They flitted about, crossing our trail, chirping, and mostly just looking cute.
After Paul dropped me off at Park Royal, I enjoyed manouevering on a very packed bus with my pointy ice axe.