Friday, August 30, 2019

Mount Strachan Part II – into the mist

So... worst hiking navigation to date. We intended to do Eagle Bluff/Black Mountain, which we did 3 years ago without a hitch, and ended up doing Mount Strachan again. Why, God, why?? Instead of taking a left closer to the kiosk at the main lodge, we went further up to the pump station, at which point we could have looped back around at Old Growth Loop to the desired trail, but again failed at basic map-reading and continued up to Bowen Lookout at which point we knew we were Strachin' it. And again no views. At least we had the chance to find the mystery turn-off we missed last time tho, right? Almost. Luckily we ran into a group of gung-ho older ladies (love to see senior hikers) who pointed us in the right direction (hard left at Emily Lake (which is really a small pond)–don't continue over the mud across it.) Even then we eventually ended up back on the Cullen ski trail (at which point I mime breaking my poles over my knee) (update: the trail does veer onto Cullen then off again to Old Strachan.) Then a few hikers emerged from the mist and pointed us back onto Old Strachan Trail, but advised us not to go there (unmarked, close brush). Of course, this didn't deter us, but by now it was drizzling, the bushes were wet, and we had about another hour and a half on rough and muddy terrain. Also, we weren't 100% sure we were on the right trail (tiny old-timey tin sign way up a tree (which only my friend noticed, and my eyes were not good enough to read) pointing to Hollyburn was not encouraging). Plus the fact that no one knew where we were. So after 10 minutes, we made the prudent choice and turned back to the ski hill. Pictured above, Mount Strachan's south summit.


Robert F said...

I like the new bemused Mia, the effusive style, and the dark wit.

Mia Hansen Vancouver, BC said...

It's just safer online to remain (seemingly) neutral. :) We did have a great time in spite of the weather and screwups.