Four of us headed off from the Burstall Pass parking area on Saturday - Rick Collier, Manfred Czechak, Christine Grotefeld, and Joanne Williams.
I (Rick) had wanted for several years to trek once again into this area - Bob Saunders and I had visited this region near Palliser Pass in July of 1991 and had virtually cleaned the place out, having climbed Mt. Leman, Mt. Queen Elizabeth, Mt. King Albert (by a new route), Mt. Back, Mt. Cradock, Mt. Tipperaray, and Mt. Williams. It was on Mt. Cradock that we met the legendary Bill Hurst and his climbing companion Larry Farmer.
I have frequently recalled Belgium Lake as being an incredible place, with high mountains all about, many clear alpine lakes, abundant waterfalls, side valleys painted with streaks of snow, a trail most of the way, and, best of all, hardly ever anyone else there. But two peaks, most easily accessed from Palliser Pass, remained out of our reach on that earlier trip - Mt. LeRoy (9750') and Mt. Monro (10,145').
On that first trip, Bob and I had driven up the Albert River FR to the base of the switchbacks leading up to Leman Lake, hoofed up the remnants of the old road, and followed the Spray Valley trail S toward Palliser Pass. Since 1991, however, the Albert Road has suffered a serious washout some 16 km from Leman Lake, making access from the W improbable except by foot or mountain bike. Easier to get to and now shorter is, despite an ascent of some 1800', the approach over S Burstall Pass.
To shorten our approach, we decided to abjure the trail (which leads to N Burstall Pass) and opt for navigating to and down from S Burstall Pass. We arrived at this vantage about three hours after beginning our hike (See Douglas2). I had vaguely heard some... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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