We bashed N up this drainage through deadfall and bush for about 0.5 km, impediments sufficient to get all three of us thinking about bailing on this enterprise; but then we found a fairly well-maintained trail along the creek - hunters perhaps? - which we followed intermittently, there being occasional avalanche debris choking the drainage . . . and sometimes the trail simply disappeared. These repeated events caused us to call this path a 'sucker trail': whenever we were on the verge of giving up, we found at least the trace of a track, but then, as we were gaining optimism, it would fizzle out into deadfall and debris.
Eventually, after a couple of kilometers of this nasty work, we had put too much effort into this project to quit, although a decidedly unpleasant thicket of alders directly in front of us gave us pause. To avoid this vicious interlude, we climbed up above the creek on the right (E), side-hilled our way through forest, crossed a couple of drainages, and worked our way up the meadowy Overfold/Swope valley (that runs up to the NE (about GR 563548)).
Eventually, the meadows gave way to open old-growth forest. We continued on NNE up the primary drainage, thinking we might head to the unnamed lake at GR 529562 or the nearby col for lunch; instead, however, in order to stay in the open, we headed up the W/SW flank of Overfold, which serendipitously turned out to be the most direct and easiest ascent route.
Once we had gained a good view of the surrounding territory, we turned sharp right (E) and huffed and puffed... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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