Piotr Forysinski had planned this "intermediate friendly" trip, a two day traverse from the Callaghan cross-country area to the Squamish Valley near Ring Mountain. I drove up to Callaghan (with Christian and Line Veenstra, Doris Leong and Roland Burton), and Piotr drove up the other side, and we planned to swap cars. Jordan Best's group also joined us, driving in and out the same way. We all met up in Squamish, but had to wait for one person, an experienced mountaineer, who didn't wake up in time. After switching keys and wishing each other good luck, we set off in our separate directions.
When we turned on to the road to Callaghan I mentioned that I had seen a few bears on that road a few weeks before. Sure enough, a few minutes later we came across a bear on the side of the road, and a group of people who were busy taking photos with a huge lens from across the road, while we stopped right beside the bear, who was oblivious to all this. Later we passed another bear and cub, and one more bear. Perhaps carrying bear spray would have been a good idea. We managed to drive directly to snowline with no trouble.
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