It came to be that on the week-end of july 23rd, I decided to undertake the biggest climb of my short hiking history: from the base of the valley in Whistler, I would hike over 2000 meters up to attempt to stand atop mount Weart. During my move to Vancouver from Ottawa, I had set some personal height gain records in the rockies, but I was obviously not prepared for the punishing ascent that the wedgemount group would deliver. Wanting to up the ante, I set out from Vancouver on the 23rd around 10 and was at the parking lot around 1. I drove as far as possible with my 2wd compact, only to find that the road got very rough higher up. I stopped at 660 meters, parked, strapped my pack and headed up.
Progress was quick through the trees, for the first hour. As I slowed down, time seemed to slow simultaneously. The forested section of the trail seemed unending: switchback after switchback, poor GPS coverage and a pack that seemed to be getting heavier by the minute.
Finally, after 2.5 hours I caught a glimpse of the slopes of Cook and Rethel. Somehow the sight made me feel as if I hadn't climbed at all: both peaks were still so high above me and I had the impression of being on a treadmill. I also read an elevation of 1450 meters. Ignoring this discouraging fact, I continued to treeline, where the spectacular vista unfolding behind reminded me of why I was here. I eagerly climbed on towards the headwall below the lake and painfully made my way to its crest.
I was finally there! Wedgemount Lake. Not quite the... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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