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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-03-2019, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
theelasticman
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With the perfect weather we have had this week I took a day off work and went up Mt Coliseum on Friday. I had an early start, I started out at 05:45 from the End of the Line cafe by the entrance of the Headwaters park entrance. I was starting the ascent from the Norvan Falls turning at about 07:15 just as it was turning light I was on top for about 10:30, had the place to myself for an hour of exploring and relaxing, it was fantastic with perfect visibility and temperature. The snow was very hard on top with ice on rocks where it was there, but no real need for microspikes as there were plenty of other safe options to walk on. The late autumn light was fantastic the whole day.

On the way back down, just after crossing one of the small tributarys that feeds Norvan Creek I stopped to look at a pool and small waterfall when I heard something walking on rocks to the right of me. Turning round expecting to see a bear I instead saw a fully grown cougar about 50 meters away, walking down hill crossing the trail I just walked down. It was not interested in me I think/hope, but walked slowly away, when I thought I was out of sight going down across another gully I could not help but run, I know this is not what you should do but adrenaline took over! I have admit I did not feel completely safe until reaching the Norvan Falls trail again.

Anyway, I lived to tell the tale...enjoy the photos!
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