We had reached the Brian Waddington Hut the previous day by driving and walking up the Phelix Creek Road. For our second day of our 3 day trip, we were looking for an easy ramble. We were not sure in advance it would be easy to traverse both mountains, but it turned out to be so, so here's a brief description. The original source of the names is Peter Jordon's 1974 VOC Journal article.
Upon leaving the cabin in the morning, we headed southwest, strolling up through the open trees to the upper lake southwest of the cabin at latitude 37.5-41.5 minutes. (degrees are always 50 and 122). It was difficult to discuss where we were going to go, because of the peak names being switched.
From the lake, we walked up easy slopes to the saddle point south of VOC Gandalf (37.3-42.2), and from there, up the meadowed slopes of Gandalf itself (Shadowfax on map). The heather was in full bloom, with both white and purple flowers, and the occasional cluster of blue flowers. We stopped for lunch below the summit, and then climbed the last 300 feet after lunch. The route was over large boulders, very stable but with enormous holes in places. It was quite entertaining to pick the right route and in several places you had to haul yourself up with your hands, but there was no exposure. The summit of Official Shadowfax has an enormous monolith type slab that points west, and Tom climbed it to the very top, while the rest of us were content to practice "dance steps" in bypassing the last few meters.
From VOC Gandalf, the ridge going north looked narrow in places, and we were uncertain it... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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