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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-16-2013, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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July 16, 2013

Not having done Elsay Lake before, I really had no idea how long a trek to Mt. Bishop via Elsay Lake was going to take, so we parked in the overnight lot up at Seymour to avoid the stress of trying to beat a gate closing time. We were putting one foot in front of the other at 6:30 am.

Me trying to maintain my sanity. I don't know what I would have done without the net...the flies were a nightmare. Didn't even notice mosquitos. At their worst at the parking lot and anywhere near the lakes. Canadian Pass too. What do they eat when we humans are not around!? ; )




Finally approaching Elsay Lake. Didn't think we were ever going to make it...a long trod. All the creek crossings were easygoing.




Elsay Lake with Mt. Elsay standing guard.




Elsay Lake shelter.




From the shelter to Vicar Lakes is a well marked (thank you) bushwack. Nothing in your face, basically waist down. Shorts not recommended. A cut footpath at one time.




One of the lakes.




Finally out of the trees and leaving those nasty bugs behind! : )




Just following the dog. : )




Katie on Mt. Bishop. : ) Took us 5:50 to get up here. Took a risk and left the ice-axe and any traction devices at home. Was a good decision...didn't require any of them. : )
A few mentioned that the final ridge approach to Bishop is easier in snow, and I would agree. : )




It was just a quick 15 minute lunch on the summit and we were heading back. I'd say heading 'down', but that really isn't the case with this route to Bishop. : )


She was doing this at every opportunity, which was quite often. Lots of water sources for her throughout. I only carried a litre and a half, but brought my filter with me.




Didn't take her long to crash in the car. : )




Car to car was 11:45. Times each way were close to the same.
2219m of cumulative elevation gain.
I don't know the distance covered, but I imagine it was quite a bit. : )
Met 2 marmots below Wes' Staircase and 1 bear encounter on our way back from Elsay Lake. Katie let out a 'woo woo' and he/she was bashing and crashing off into the bush.

Fun, but wouldn't do it again. : )
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that's a decent trek in this weather and the bugs are monsters right now, at least you had some protection and kept your sanity.
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Awesome trip John. A huge long haul, not sure if could have done that with the temperature and the bugs. Certainly will have to look into getting a net, and even bug spray.

Been considering doing a trip this way for some time.

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Congrats! You pulled it off! I think the flies would have driven me bonkers, even with the net!

I like Katie's swimming pics ...miss my dog.
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I figured 12-16, and you beat 12! Bugs always make for motivated travel[B)]
Good effort, that's got to be one tired dog
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Congrats John! It was a very hot day too. You are a stubborn fella
Curious: How much do bugs bother Katie?
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I knew you could do it John! & Katie!
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Well done! I think this trip would be a minimum 2 days for me [|)]

Funny you mention marmots at Wes' Staircase; cjb and I saw a marmot in that area too.

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You may have seen my footsteps on the snow near the top. I was up there monday. What an exhausting day. I went self propelled from home in N.Van at 0m elev. and took 10.5 hours for 44kms (35.5 bike/9.5 hike)

Your day sounds insane.

I lathered on the bug repellent and they didn't bother me.
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Congrats and thanks setting a bench mark for everyone. Curious that last year there wasn't a bug in sight at Vicar Lakes when we went for a dip.

I'm assuming that when you say "Fun, but wouldn't do it again. : )", its a lower case "fun" with a few footnotes?... long trod indeed.
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im curious, are there also alot of bugs now if i just do the lower trails to mystery lake?

thanks,
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Hey, good response...thanks everyone. : )

The bug net actually worked very well. Breathing was difficult without it. Vents well and was not uncomfortable to wear. The only problems I found was the glare on the netting when the sun would shine on it. Made it difficult to see. And it grabs everything when bushwacking.
The small blacflies that were bothering me, were not bothering Katie, except when we stopped. What was tormenting her were those larger flies that do circles above your head as you travel. She was doing a lot of snapping at those.

For those interested in giving this a try, it was not a fast pace. I honestly hike at a pretty casual pace, I just didn't take a lot of extended breaks. There were 4-5 stops to filter water, and that is a slow process. Otherwise, we were not rushed.

I was surprised to hear/see the marmots, as I didn't notice them last year at all. Perhaps re-introduced to the area.

Markhor, we did notice tracks in the snow once out of the trees on Bishop. Well done on your day. : )

Gearhed, it was FUN, and I probably would do it again now that the memory of bugs and the soreness/swelling of my shins has subsided. I'd say the bush was the worst once you reach the Vicar Lakes. The old trail that meanders around them is quite overgrown and thick.

geminihc, the bugs (flies) were bad right from the parking lot.

Thanks again, everyone. : )
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nice timely update! Thanks.
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im curious, are there also alot of bugs now if i just do the lower trails to mystery lake?

thanks,
The bugs were brutal there a few days ago.
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