–submitted by Ken Warren
Twelve of us set off for Crest Mountain from the trailhead on the Gold River Highway. The forecast was for good weather and the sky was promising. The trail is well-designed and built, but gains 1100 meters in the first 5km. We didn’t hit snow until the 1400m elevation shortly before coming onto the plateau by the first tarn. The tarns are still 3/4 frozen with blue water pooling among the snow and ice. A forty minute hike in the snow from the tarn saw us gain another 100m and the cairn marked summit.
By this time the earlier promise of the sky had been proven false and we were surrounded by fog, revealing only occasional glimpses of the concealed mountains. As we lunched the sporadic rain drops gave way to an increasingly heavier drizzle. Making our way down, the weather improved somewhat, but our expected views never materialized.
We reconvened in Campbell River for a pub dinner before making our way home. A good day with good company and another summit.