Retracing a trip that I did it 4 years ago...Lake O'Hara - Elizabeth Parker Hut. Recalling the experience 4 years ago, I was determined to come back
here to attempt to climb up Abbot Pass. And this was the highlight of this year plan.
Christine, Carleton and I arrived at Lake O'Hara and settled our gear at the EP Hut. We then went up to Lake McArthur, the deep blue lake as I will describe it.
The Lake was massive and deep, refracting the sunlight to express the deepest blue. That was one easy hiking day at the area.
The next day we went to Lake Opalbin, and went up to Yukness Peak. The approach was somewhat scrabbling up a rocky steep slope, then arrive at the top saddle between 2 peaks.
The reward was a 360 view of the area. We can see exactly where we went before, and the biggest reward was that we can see from far what will be the route up Abbot Pass.
At first I think I was trying to point out that we will be going up there (I mean Abbot Pass), and indicated that there is a stone hut on top. To Christine & Carleton,
both didnt understand what I was trying to describe, because the route seems impossible, and it seemed ridiculous there was a stone hut on top. Not until I ask them to use
their camera to zoom in and take a picture and look at it in detail, they found out that we are actually going up there. The big day came, and it was very foggy, first half of
of the approach was somewhat easy, and as we gained elevation and moved into the gully. Some skeptics built up whether we could actually made it up. Slowly and constantly
challenged by the heavy fog, it was difficult to locate the markers. After 3.5 hours, we evolved out, and there was the stone hut in front of us. Incredible!
For me, I loved the scenery and appreciated the hardship of the terrain. To enjoy a hut up there was, undoubtedly, exhiliarating but yet speechless. Though not much to do after
arriving at the hut, as we were not climbing Mt Victoria or Mt Lefroy, we cooked a good meal, and rest. Though we dont have perfect weather, the experience of being at Abbot Pass
told me that I was lucky to enjoy it. The hut is 87 years old, and it's still in good shape. What more can you ask for ?