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Klitsa Mountain Explorations
Timestamp Free: 2019.01.20 - 04:22:41
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 1400m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Some bushwhacking and steep scrambling, no trail near top.
Two hikes of different trail & route
[photo]img040.jpg[caption]Approaching Klitsa Mountain on the 2nd trip[/photo]

Being one of the major peaks along the highway to Long Beach, Vancouver Island, it seemed like an interesting objective. The guide book mentions some good, steep skiing near the top, but with middle of June passing I decided wisely to just make an exploration of the trail. But as I approached the mountain the clouds were hanging low and I continued to do my hiking on the beaches. The next day the wheather improved, contrary to the forecast and I returned to Klitsa in the afternoon.

The road to the trail is driveable only for a few 100m, blocked by debry and overgrown beyond. Finding myself below 200m elevation at 4pm it was obviously too late to dash up to the peak. So I car camped at a wide spot at the first creek crossing. While I ate my supper in the car a bear walked past along the road. Later on the long spring evening I made a reconnaissance to the start of the trail. The next morning I started up the trail almost an hour from the car. It is steep, bushy with many fallen trees and seems to never have seen a chainsaw. The gully described in the guidebook had enough snow in it, but having planned a trail hike I had only brought light canvas hiking boots, so I continued on the trail. At least I had my iceax, always handy for bushwhacking and maybe even if I met a bear, of which I saw plenty of sign. After almost 2 1/2 hours I arrived at ice covered First Lk, which I did not remember from the route description. I had forgotten my guidebook at home and had no map and had to rely on my skimpy recollections of skimpy descriptions which disagreed with my memory the further I progressed. The trail ends at the lake and only a scantily flagged route circumnavigates it on the westside....

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