This time I started along the Baden Powell trail and after a short km past the 2nd bigger creek crossing came to the junction immediately after coming out of the stream gully. In the past this junction had often been blocked with debris on purpose. Later a big tree fell across it. Now there is a clear path around a pile of branches and past the log the trail is well defined as it heads up into old growth forest with some nice big trees. After a few 100m it joins the Old Mount Strachan Trail and continues to climb to the flat area east of the Collins skirun. There it is a bit overgrown with young evergreen crowding close in. On this day everything was still very wet from the previous days rain. There were some large deep puddles where I had the choice of getting my hiking boots and clothes totally soaked or wade through barefoot. This was of coarse very chilly because the mud was already slightly frozen in open areas. Higher up the ground was more solidly frozen.
Past that a short gully leads to the small saddle below the Hollyburn West Ridge where the trail ascends very steep, then slightly down across a bowl below a big cliff. It then climbs up to... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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