It's been quite a while since I revisited this site with a trip report, so hello again.
I've wanted to do Robie Reid for many years now, but always got deterred from something else happening in life. I've made a point of reading every vlog, blog, trip report, or piece of info I could find on this trip. With all that knowledge in tow, I set out on one of the craziest climbs I've ever done.
After driving down the rough Florence Lake FSR, I started hiking around noon with the goal of reaching the tarns where I'd set up camp. As some of you may know, the trailhead is tricky to find. Don't expect any signage other than a couple ribbons in the bush marking the starting point. The hike along Alouette Lake was ok, the trail is in good condition, and well marked.
Shortly after leaving the lake area you head into the forest and gradually start climbing. Then you REALLY start climbing. The steepness of this slope is a thing of legend. The trail was well marked and at no point on the way up did I get lost. However, the trail is overgrown quite a bit and there's lots of deadfall to contend with. It took me 5 hours to reach the tarns area. Lots of time to relax and make coffee! About 50m before reaching the tarns I ran into the only hikers I'd see for the entire trip. They were heading out and actually thought I was a bear coming crashing through the bush. Good thing I didn't get maced LOL.
I didn't get much sleep that night due to a critter continually coming around my tent. I yelled at 'em a couple times and it eventually left for good and I managed a few hours of sleep.
In the morning I enjoyed a beautiful sunrise and took some pics of northern Stave.
I left camp around 7:30am heading towards the summit. Nice views along the way and I was lucky enough to spot a mountain goat from afar. It's incredible how good of vision these things have. He saw me WAY before I spotted him. I kept pushing and eventually came to the class 4 crux of the trip. Very tricky manoeuvring required here. I didn't have any type of climbing gear with me, I did this all free hand. It's definitely not for someone with a fear of heights. I can also see why this is the point where most hikers get turned around. It's a very dangerous spot and pictures don't do it a justice.
After reaching the saddle I made my way along the top ridge walk to the radio tower and made the final push up the summit block. Epic views in all directions. My grama just passed away on Saturday and I shed a tear for her at this point. Not that you folks need to hear it, but it's stuff like this that will keep her and this trip with me forever. So damn gorgeous up there!
When I reached the summit I took the opportunity to launch my drone. What a way to get that truly epic summit shot. The wind gusts made it somewhat dangerous to fly, but in the end it worked out and the drone didn't crash into no-mans-land. There's so much more to see in the You Tube video I made. Here's the link if you'd like to check it out. Happy trails everyone.
What next you ask? I wouldn't mind bushwacking my way to the crashed bomber above Widgeon Lake...