Scaling New Heights
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Burnaby, BC
Interest: hiking, climbing, travel, skiing
I am not a superhero at all, but I did HSCT from Porteau Cove to Cypress in one day. We had a slow/unfit hiker who returned via the "bail-out route". It's an old service road that starts somewhere between Magnesia and David, and joins the Lions and Harvey trail. Apparently it is completely overgrown, there are occasional tape markers and they had to use GPS (with map) to navigate it. It's good to know about it...
There is an intersection past Magnesia Meadows on the Brunswick mountain where we turned to the right to scramble the Brunswick summit, while down to the left was a "bail out" route to Lions Bay and straight ahead was HSCT (Brunswick Lake). As I said, the second day was much easier and enjoyable, so we actually decided to add Brunswick summit scramble on top of HSCT rather than taking a rescue route to Lions Bay.
We met a young couple near David's peak who budgeted three days for HSCT as they were going to scramble Mount Harvey and then Brusnwick and just wanted to enjoy the trail and relax and have some fun scrambling peaks along rather than run a marathon. This kind approach more resonates with me than trying to run the HSCT without ever looking up to enjoy the breathtaking views. ;-)
Last edited by Lenagen; 08-08-2016 at 04:04 PM.