I’m going to keep this post short and let the pictures talk. In bright sunshine and temperatures of about 30, we decided it would be a perfect day to scale the south-facing slope of Mount Buchanan. There was supposed to be a trail by the water line. Yes there was flagging and if flagging can be called a trail then that’s what it was. When the bushwhack mercifully crossed the monster trail (aptly named) we felt blessed. Yes it was steep with lots of blowdown but compared to what we’d been on – hell it was almost a superhighway.
And so up we slogged. Finally we could see sky – aha! we said – the top.
No – it was a road that we had to cross and continue up – just a short bit farther we thought.
No – up and up and up until we hit snow and put on our gaiters. It didn’t take too long before we lost the trail and simply headed straight up after wandering around a bit (a lot).
We were quite sure that we would have made the top of Buchanan if not for the snow – the heat – and the heat. Mostly the snow. If only we had been able to see the trail. But it was still cool. We made it to the top of monster and had a good view of the last “bump” to the top. Heck – we hiked 4.5 hours to get there and didn’t have lunch until 2.30.
Coming down Monster was even more interesting than up. Can you say steep? I noticed three sections marked triple black diamond and one double black. Yep – that’s steep.
What I’m trying to say is that it was a great day. Now to do it all again tomorrow – in even hotter weather – on a south facing slope of course.
I came home to the house siding being well under way. Oh my gosh – Chad and Simon did amazing work today – in the hot hot sun!