Trail to Assiniboine | 2010.08.23
FINALLY, I had chance to visit my favorite mountain, Mount Assiniboine. I like the mountain so much, despite of its difficult spelling, I remember how to spell "Assiniboine". Aga and I were originally planed to go to Robson however the smoke situation was brutal as well as the weather forecast wasn't great, we switched the plan to Assiniboine at the last minutes.
Our route was long but scenic route from Sunshine Village. We took shuttle bus from ski resort parking to the Village. From there we hiked Citadel Pass trail all the way to Lake Magog Campground in one day. This means near 30 km hike with heavy backpack but I was entertained with Sunshine Meadow, Quartz Hill, Citadel Pass, and Valley of the Rocks. I could see Assiniboine from Quartz Hill, but after losing elevation right after Quartz down to Howard Douglas Lake, Assiniboine was no longer visible for a long time. So when it reappeared near Og Lake, it took me by surprise because now I was 16 km closer to Assiniboine it looked so much bigger.
By looking at GPS data, after all the ups and downs I had to go through with heavy pack, there is only 15 m elevation difference at Sunshine and Lake Magog... while total elevation gain is 1300 m. (ﾟωﾟ=)
* Grid References (GR) is based on WGS84 which can be considered as NAD83 (The difference is inciginificant)