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Lythe 03-31-2015 12:32 AM

Easy Overnighter?
 
I'm looking for a fun overnighter for this coming weekend (around courtenay), something not too remote (I will be solo) and where a later start in the day will work (so long drives are potentially out).

Thoughts so far.. Mount Becher, Paradise meadows (Kwai or Circlet Lake). Maybe Bedwell Lake, lack of snow might make that quite doable.

Beach camping could be nice too but I can't think of anything close, and I just did Ripple Rock last week.



One reason for this trip is to test gear. If it pours, then I get to test rain gear and moisture management while backpacking. Another is to get used to packing a full pack.

Any other suggestions?

solo75 03-31-2015 01:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Lythe (Post 602346)
Thoughts so far.. Mount Becher, Paradise meadows (Kwai or Circlet Lake).

It's getting colder and fresh snow has fallen at Paradise Meadows.
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and I just did Ripple Rock last week.
were you there last Fri?

Lythe 03-31-2015 10:02 PM

I dayhiked Ripple Rock Sunday a week ago, though carrying my full multi-day kit.

For paradise meadows I'll be playing it by ear, just read a trip report from 2 weeks ago where there was still decent snow and with Battleship Lake frozen solid still, so Circlet Lake with its limited sunlight would definitely be too snowed in. Kwai lake might be doable, Lake Helen Mackenzie is a shorter option. I regularly check the webcams from Mount Washington, though those slopes can be bare long before the snow in the trees is gone.

Any mountain trip I'd definitely be prepared for subzero nights and rain/sleet/snow.


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