Brain: This is going to hurt, isn't it?
Legs: Yes. Why are you doing this to me?
Brain: Because we haven't done this before.
Stomach: I don't care as long as the snacks are good.
Brain: Dry peanut butter & jam sandwiches?
Stomach: You suck.
Legs: Why do I put up with this?
I left the Seymour parking lot at 7:30am, made good time (partly thanks to the trail clearing just after Wes's Staircase), and started ascending Canadian Pass shortly after 9:00. So much for the early start, it was already an oven.
Turned right and started up the Mt Elsay trail, shortly leaving this trail for the Rector-Curate-Vicar Ridge (labelled as the route to Mt Bishop). This route is quite interesting as it offers unique views of the surrounding area.
1. signs of bears (I also saw one near Pump Peak, but was too slow with the camera)
2. Elsay Lake with Mt Bishop above
3. lots of ponds along the way
4. a view of the ridge I'm following
5. there are ropes at some
of the steep parts
6. don't eat these
7. I have to go down there!?!?
8. a rarely seen view of Elsay Lake
9. the Seymour Dam
10. a short rest with views
11. cute trail marker
13. How did a plastic bag get here? I guess I should pack it out.
14-16. travelling past the south side of Vicar Lakes
17-19. following the NSR flagged Vicar-Elsay connector
At last! The lake!
No gaiters meant shredded shins from the bushwhack route down from Vicar Lakes. But a splendid swim in the lake felt great. I met two awesome people at the hut, who treated me to chocolate and a salsa dancing demo.
The return journey wasn't as much fun, as I ran out of water with an hour & a half to go.[xx(]
I had to jump the creek crossing - maybe I was tired, but I didn't see an easy way to get across. Then my stomach was grumbling, so I ate a granola bar. But with nothing to wash it down, I had to deal with dry sticky mouth for another hour. Blech!
The Rector-Curate-Vicar ridge is an interesting route, but it's a bit long for a day trip. As an overnighter, I wouldn't like the idea of carrying a heavy pack on some of the sections. A better option would be to do a one way journey (either descending the Bishop trail to the LSCR, or starting there and finishing at the parking lot). However, this would require some planning.