At this point a valley descends from the SW (GR 428/292 on G/14 - Queen Creek); we were, of course, heading for the next valley to the W, another 1.5 km further along (the one that leads S and W to what is locally known as Big Lake (GR 399/269). However, being impatient, unable to see any landmarks, and willing to believe that my GPS was once again broken, I insisted that we thrash up the more easterly of the drainages. After 1.5 km of nasty bush, I recognized my error (of having guided us into the wrong valley) and owned up to my navigational sin - not that that did much to diminish the ire of my companions; they were not to be comforted or even placated.
However, within another km we had found a remnant trail that led up the valley to more open forest where we could climb up to a col (7350') to the W near a small tarn (GR 412/258); from there it was likely we could traverse W under the NE cliffs of Terrion to our intended valley and Big Lake, with only (right, "WITH ONLY", as the forest resounded with my friends' derisive shouts) an extra 2-3 km distance and 600' of ascent.
Eventually, after serious exertions, we... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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