Day 1 - Logging Road, Meadows, Bush, and Swamp
The biggest problem with this trip, at least initially, was trying to convince someone with a high-clearance 4x4 to drive us to the top of Chief Paul Road. It seemed like everyone had to ask their spouses for permission, and eventually they all turned us down. In the end we had to make do with Pardeep's low-clearance Suzuki, which managed to get through the easy water-bars on the lower portion of the road but then [px]01Car.jpg[c]got stopped[/px] by some overhanging trees at around the 3-km marker.
Our upward slog thus started from here. After two hours we were at the 10-km marker where an overzealous road excavator operator had dug some tank traps, which would have blocked progress to any reasonable vehicle. We continued on foot for another 3 km to the end of the road.
We forced our way through a clear-cut with wet fire-weed to reach an old-growth forest with multiple windfalls. Fortunately this initial [px]02Bush.jpg[c]bush section[/px] was relatively short, only maybe 600 meters long. Soon we found ourselves in the [px]03LoneMeadows.jpg[c]meadows northeast of Lone Knoll[/px]. We skirted the knoll on its east side and then angled downward through mature forest on a southwesterly compass bearing toward the swampy headwaters of Lone Knoll Creek. Here, the going was quite easy but at this point Pardeep was more interested in eating tasty blueberries than hiking. We made one last push to gain the [px]05Bluemantle.jpg[c]broad, lake-filled ridge[/px] that connects Lone Knoll to Bluemantle Peak and set up camp there during a pleasant evening. To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
Day 2 - Meadows, Scree, Rock, and Glaciers
We continued south-southwest along the bumpy ridge, intermittently through [px]06Bluemantle.jpg[c]beautiful...
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