In a funny twist the trip started as a solo plan and ended up being me and three other guys - Anton Baser, Mike Mitchell and Eric Coulthard. We started from the Lake O'Hara parking lot at 07:30, trying to beat the bus at least half way up the 11km approach road. I have to say that seeing a mouse running around the inside of the car parked next to us was a very strange way to start the day. I still don't know how the heck it would have gotten in there but that driver was in for a mighty big surprise at some point after their return!
It's obvious, but walking the 11km approach road definitely adds some effort to the day, no matter what your objective in the Lake O'Hara region might be. That being said, it always surprises me how many folks let a little thing like 11km and 450m of height gain scare them off from the most beautiful area in the Rockies. It took us under 2 hours to walk the approach road. Mentally I didn't acknowledge this first part of the day as a part of the scramble. I find that ignoring the first long, boring sections on long days... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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