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Mt Olson East Ridge

Time: 3.5 hrs return

     Date: Nov 19 2005

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Weather:Sunny and Cool
Wind:Calm

   When I first laid eyes on Mt Olson I was instantly intrigued by it's steep vegetative rock buttresses and how they circled the whole peak making it seem like there was no easy way to stand on it's summit. Situated at the headwaters of Corrigan Creek and shadowed by its much taller neighbors, Mt Logan to the South and Mt Spencer to the North. Mt Olson to my knowledge had received very little attention lately; I'm sure it was climbed back in the turn of the century but knew of no recent ascents. So it was a number of years down the road before I built up some courage to think of tackling this ominous peak. So one sunny November morning I found myself once again looking up Mt Olson's steep walls and pondering how I was ever going to find an easy way up them. My plan was to park just on the other side of the pass at the far end of Corrigan creek and then bush whack up and towards Olson's East Ridge. This looked to me as the most do-able route from studying the topo map for that area. Good or bad news how ever you look at it but things were going be allot easier that day for me as there was a brand new road built right up where I wanted to hike. Instead now I was able to drive right up to the 800m mark. The road keep going but turned South/East but I wanted to go north and head towards the base of the East Ridge, so this was the best place to park. The first section was a moderate uphill hike through Old growth forest before I topped out onto a saddle which separated Mt Olson and Mt Spencer. From here I could easily see which direction I had to go and the type of ground I was to expect. It looked steep but I could see lots of trees which meant lots for me to pull up on and lots to hang from. While going up the ridge I found it fairly easy to navigate through the small cliff bands which were well hidden in the forest. After that I found myself on the summit cap and post holing in 2ft of snow towards the first and lower of the two peaks on Olson rounded summit. Then it was only a Hop Skip before I was jumping for joy on the summit of Olson… Yippee… Giving myself a good pat on the shoulder and wearing a grin so big, I swear one would it all the way in Port Alberni. The weather was outstanding that day not a cloud in the sky, crisp and cool along with my achievements made it for one of my most memorial trips. Like they say all good things come in small packages

   How to get There"     Starting from the Port Alberni's Info Center. Follow road signs which lead you onto the main logging road towards the town of Bamfield. Once on the gravel road drive 17.5kms before taking a left turn onto Corrigan Main Line just over 0.6km up take the right turn and follow up this main line for about 10.5. From here drive up a new road system which by the time one makes it up there might have totally changed from the time of my Olson ascent last year. Then there was just the one road going up and through Old Growth Forest. I drove up to the 800m mark close to where I thought was a good starting point to be able to gain access to the base of the East Ridge at the 960m mark. Any confusion on where I parked please drop me an email at islandhikes@hotmail.com

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