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. : )