Friday, October 7, 2011
The Mt Hanover hike is described in Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia. It explains that the final ascent of the mountain is through a gully which is “wet and mossy”, and the climbing has “moderate exposure”.
We (Kathrin, Masa and Chris) started from Lions Bay and climbed up through the clouds, finding ourselves out in a beautiful sunny day at 1000m. At around 1400m, we reached the Howe Sound Crest Trail, turned north, and dropped down almost to Brunswick Lake. At 1320m, we left the trail and hiked across an open shelf with some gullies filled with snow. We then started the ascent of the mountain going up through trees to a large (both in extent and in boulder size) boulder field, and entered a gully. Here we started rock climbing (at ~1650m). Two ropes had been left by previous hikers to aid us, but for us we felt the “Moderate Exposure” on wet mossy rock was too dangerous. We aborted the attempt to reach the peak and returned to Lions Bay, arriving at the car as it was getting dark. While it was disappointing to not reach the top, we all agreed it was a very enjoyable day.
Masa was especially amazed by the water crossings and route finding in open country. He has walked from Shanghai to Vancouver (22,000km) pulling a 50kg cart, and is about to leave to walk across Australia and back to Shanghai. He had not done anything like this before! The boots he was wearing had done 3,000km, and as you can see were severely worn at the heels. He writes a blog of this travels (it is in Japanese but Google does a poor, but usable, translation).