I turned onto the Brittania FSR shortly after 6am and lo and behold, the gate was open! Woohoo! Screw the bike, let's see how far I can get, I thought to myself. I let Fiona Apple finish her song (Fast As You Can), then shut off the CD player so as better to hear the gravel hitting my wheel wells.
I continued past Marmot Creek, across the fine bridge over Brittania Creek, and then continued up Jane Basin Road. The road itself is in decent shape, but there is a fair bit of fallen rock. Don't stop for too long...
I parked at about 950m near the 10km marker (snow on the road from here on). Too bad I didn't anticipate this opportunity, my trail runners weren't ideal footwear. But, I had warm clothes in my pack and I'd been researching this area a bit, so I decided to see if I could make it to Mineral Peak.
It didn't take long to reach the East Bluff Glory Hole. The road begins a series of switchbacks as it continues its winding way up. I wasn't interested in shortcutting (no ice axe, and more importantly, risk of falling rock everywhere).
I was walking next to what I now know was the West Fairview Glory Hole and could see the ridge of Mineral Peak up and to my right. Turning right onto what looked like another road, I came across a huge pit. I was standing on the north end of the East Fairview Glory Hole.
The only way to get around it is to go clockwise, and in fact, the main road continues around to the south side where it terminates.
Snow conditions were consolidated and hard with about 1 inch of sinking in. Easy travelling, but I didn't want to risk sliding into a tree well, so ascending the ridge required a bit of route picking for safety's... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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