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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-04-2016, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
theelasticman
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Default Mt Lake Hut

Having recently returned back to Canada I was very keen to get back into the Coast Mountains. After doing a few hikes on the North Shore to re-acclimatise to the gradient that is here I headed off to the Mountain Lake area for 3 days just south of Britannia Beach. Zeljkoks https://forums.clubtread.com/27-briti...-basecamp.html description on how to get up there is very accurate so wont go into that much....I do completely agree that taking a bike up to the Cyrtina creek area is highly recommended for the return...I did thanks to a kind mate lending me theirs. Despite cursing on the way up that I was pushing that bike up with a heavy pack in baking hot conditions I was loving it coming back doing the 10kms in around 40 mins!

The trail just after Cyrtina Spur is sketchy at best....so overgrown you are basically bushwacking through very thick bush with an element of faith that you are on a trail and that the path of least resistance is the best way to go, the flagging was infrequent but when you see one it meant so much!. Skills by watching Mantracker also came in to play! Eventually after a good grunt the trail opens up and things become much easier.

When I got up there the effort was totally worth it, absolutely stunning...and I had the whole place to myself for the three days, blue skies during the day and incredibly starry at night! The hut which is owned and maintained by the BCMC is a fantastic facility, so thanks to them for doing what they do.

I have to admit that the amount of mozzies became an issue towards the end....they were absolutely nuts, never had it so bad as that!

My days were spent exploring the lakes and surroundings, I was surprised how much snow was still around, Wind lake was still a third covered. I also made it up Ben Lomond and also doing some ridges, I did not have the balls to to that tricky move up to the top of Mt Sheer being on my own an' all.

Anyway some pics to tempt those who have not been up there to go and for those who have to go back as I will be for sure.
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