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A crazy long day but incredible! We went up Radium Lake, pitched the tent, continued to Mount MacDonald, then traversed back to Webb to get wonderfull evening lights, and back to the tent before dark. I couldn't choose between my pictures so there are a lot. But considering the length of the hike, it's only 7 pictures per hour... (09-10 May 2009)
We left Vancouver at 4am, got to Chilliwack Lake at 6:30am. The trailhead is at the end of Chilliwack Lake Road, through the camping, down to the new bridge.
The beginning of the trail was easy in the forest, until we got to the suspension bridge. It's not repaired, and the "bridge closed" sign is still there. We took the chance and crossed. It held our weight and backpack. But it's probably not that safe.
Snow started a few meters above the suspension bridge, with some postholling. There are a few bridges to cross, some of them were treacherous, filled with ice or snow. I lost my balance on one of them because of the overnight pack and nearly fell in the water. It scared me so much that the next day when we had to cross it again, my legs were shaking, which didn't make it easier....
The weather went from sunny and super hot, to a small snow storm, back to sunny/cloudy sky. Going up wasn't easy with the snow and steep slopes. We had to dig through several wind cornices, but snow condition was good. No need for crampons today. We made it to the summit alright!
Then we decided to go back to the col and climb Mt Webb as well. On the way back I nearly fell in a huge hole between 2 rocks covered by snow. Got lucky that only one leg went through....
Webb ridge was relatively easy going on the snow, except that we could feel the long day of trail breaking in the legs. The sun was going down and the lights were gorgeous. On the way down, we had a great sunset. We were back at the lake before 9pm. The night was very fresh.