With the weather being so beautiful the last 5 days Brenda (Mtndew) and I decided to explore an area we'd not seen before, Cataract Pass. Got an early-ish start of 9:30 on trail to warm temps even then! A few fluffy clouds to contrast the bright clear blue of the sky.
We had a good giggle as I had walked Nigel Pass last summer until I got turned back by heavy rain but I wasn't recognizing any of the trail we were on yesterday... turns out I was on the other side of the creek walking the old trail! I was lost a year ago and didn't know it...this will add an interesting twist later.
We made good time, looking back as we climbed higher and enjoying the summer sun
It was easy to find the trail from the river and we headed onto new territory
The boulder scramble is a challenge for me at 5'2" I have to get creative at times, much to Brenda's (6') amusement! The scrabble is short though so no big deal.
We continued on through the valley to the little lake at the base of a glacier.
Now the clouds really began to move in and the time was after 2 so we decided to turn back definitely to return another day though.
We walked out to improving conditions and we were muttering, damn we could have crossed that next pass too! And low and behold there is a couple with big packs having lunch part way over the boulder field. Turns out they are lost, they wanted to come out Nigel but couldn't find the river crossing or pick up the trail. They were most surprised to see us and I think relieved, this was their 5th day doing the loop all without a map! We walked together down the valley to the river crossing and sent them on their way to their car. Decided the signage there may need to be improved a little! Last year I wouldn't have gotten into trouble as I was alone on an in/out trail. Brenda didn't know there was a second trail either and she has done Nigel Pass more than once.
What a beautiful day in new terrain!
this little bubbling spot on the creek side was very fascinating!