2. Mount Morrison 3. Forest of burnt match sticks 4. The Camels Back (Mount Ross background)
This was a Plan A to the Darkside Lake hike a couple of weeks ago.
Unfavourable avi conditions and crappy weather put us in a holding pattern until the day before when Tim gave it the green flag. We travelled in the comfort of Glen's truck, a welcome change from my old wheezy 4x4. An email from Glen read - expect a low of -19 at the lake. Whewww, so glad we were staying in a cabin equipped with a wood burning heater and propane stoves.
A parks kiosk at the trailhead was a welcome sign. The snow and -5 not so much. The steep beginnings were mixed with ice. Putting on snowshoes saved our ass but the plastic on trail clatter was annoying.
1. 2. Looking W/NW from near Tenquille Pass. 3. Well appointed cabin well above spec. 4. Tenquille (Denouement) Lake. 5. The cabin - what's wrong with this picture?
We were making good time for the first half along an unexpectedly well groomed trail that climbs 1400m to the lake. The deepening snow stopped the snowshoe chatter but slowed things down considerably when it got calf high and deeper. I had forgotten my poles and couldn't help with the trail-breaking - sorry and thanks guys. There was huge evidence of this: http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whi...nt?oid=2165500
5. Branches curled by the forest fire
We were bound in a sweaty mess by the time we reached the cabin past sunset some seven hours later. Tim and Glen scrambled to get some wood for the stove while I gathered cabin resources - a few candles, a couple of green butane/lpg cannisters and a coleman stove.
1. Scorched tree 2. Lillooet River and bridge 3. Good intentions put misplaced on this trail.
While smoke filled the cabin, Glen read the log- something about the stove not working. The heat from our stoves and 12 candles brought the -7 cabin temperature up to about -3 but it was still a little too cold to hang out comfortably.
1. Pemberton Meadows 2. Long shot of Overseer? 3. Gps track. We took a southerly contour of Wolverine Creek to the cabin. Summer may reveal a trail north of the creek.
We sacked out on foamies prepared for -15 tmperatures and ended up shedding layers as the loft temperature rose to -1 using candles and a coleman lantern. Tim rattled us up early the next day and we made a quick escape to the Pemberton Pony - Crannog Stout and the all day breakfast - ymmmm!
Ya I was wondering about that pic being photoshopped lol. Must of clicked it 3 times trying to figure out what the hell... Likely why that photo is in #1 spot, everyone else likely wondered the same lol.