My last overnighter, mt. Cook, had put my knees out of comission for days, and with the shorter daylight hours, I wanted a quick ascent with plenty of summit lounging time and a nice campsite. The objective was mount Rohr. After examining photos of Rohr lake I decided that I wanted to camp higher, away from the trees and people. The topo map showed a small lake at 1920m, on a plateau in the basin just below Rohr's west face.
Leaving Vancouver at the lazy time of 10:30am saturday morning, I arrived at the trailhead at 1:30pm. The first km of the logging road was beautiful despite the high-clearance classification given in Gunn's guide, although the ruts beyond that point forced me to park my trusty jetta. After sucking down the big mac that I had purchased in Pemberton (gotta give in sometimes!), I headed up the remaining km of road on foot. Already the excitement rose as I could see the white summit of Joffre peak through the trees, clad in fresh snow, against the pure blue sky. I quickly arrived to the trail per se and hiked up to the Rohr-Marriott junction, then up to meadows at 1615m. Surprisingly, parts of the trail here still had ice crystals. If this was any indication of the temperatures to come, I was glad I had winter clothing and camping gear. After bit of confusion, a water-filtering session and lots of unnecessary boulder-hopping, I was off what appeared to be the hiking trail and scrambling up the narrow boulder... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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