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Monday, September 30, 2020

Mount Bishop - Vicar Lake Trail, May 2020

A fine May 10 trip up Mount Bishop via LSCR and Vicar Lakes Trail. About 22 km on bikes and another 10 km on foot up and down the steepest, scramble-e-est approach imaginable. Countless rope-assisted sections, a pleasant grove of ~800 yr old giant cedars and an easy albeit sweaty slog up from Vicar Lakes. Continuous snow started just below the lakes but going fast. Markers on trees from here guide the way up to the alpine. Kicked steps in snow up to the saddle and completed the remaining slog to the summit. Outstanding views overlooking Indian Arm, Seymour Lake, and watershed area and of course Greater Vancouver to the south. Another great Spring outing in the so-called Fannin Range!

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Hat & Fat Ass - via Sunset Trailhead, May 2020

At long last an update to this site! Now that things are winding down here in the Northern Hemisphere I'll be kicking out more reports going forward. It was a rather productive Summer by Sverdina standards...

Presenting Hat Mountain and Fat Ass Peak, bagged May 8 during a globe-spanning pandemic. The inagurial hike of the 2020 "climbing season" for yours truly. Parking permit left over from a Lions Bay project home we had recently completed helped with the notoriously limited trailhead parking spaces. Never mind that the village would impose a riduculous Covid-induced $3/hr parking fee here some months later. Whatever. Maybe just go up via the Tunnel Bluffs Trail instead...yes, its got more elevation gain, but it's more direct.

Anyhoo, it's still a steep ass grunt of a hike as ever up from Sunset Drive. Continuous snow started just before Crest Trail junction and required some careful postholing down steep slopes off Brunswick's WSW Ridge/Spur into the west basin. Easy travel from there to the saddle overlooking Brunswick Lake and on up to the summit of Fat Ass Peak. Down to a notch and back up a final pitch of sloppy snow to reach Hat Mountain. Fantastic views overlooking Howe Sound and especially Brunswick Mountain's North and West Faces! This is a great early season objective, even if the route causes one to briefly trespass into a temporarily "closed" provincial park, courtesy once again of said pandemic. And no, didn't encounter a soul out there all day.

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