Ben, Frances, Meghan, Adam and I spent two days rambling in the Marriott Basin. We left Vancouver late Saturday morning, and drove up to the Duffey Lake road. The hike into the Wendy Thompson hut is quite pleasant, with abundant blueberries along the way. The next day we woke up early and scrambled to the top of Mount Marriott via the friendly south ridge The route gets three stars and a moderate rating in Matt’s book. I can’t wait to come back here to ski.
We were stuck behind construction for almost an hour on the way through Whistler. I guess Saturday afternoon depatures aren’t the greatest idea. At least we had something to read, the Fairley’s guidebook was at my feet.
The first lake encountered on the hike up to the Wendy Thompson hut. There are numerous other lakes and tarns in the Marriott basin, but this is one of the bigger ones.
Reflection of fall colours in the lower Marriott lake.
Meghan preparing ratatouille for dinner. It was a great evening out, hardly any bugs at all.
Frances hiking along in the Marriott basin. We stayed at the Wendy Thompson hut the previous night, and hiked up to the top of Mount Marriott the next morning.
Looks like a beautiful valley to explore
Ben takes panoramic views on the way to Mount Marriott. The north glacier on Cayoosh is suppose to be an amazing ski. Fred and I skied Cayoosh a few years back, but we went down the east side. The views weren’t quite as spectacular though, we were in a whiteout
Looking west from the summit of Mount Marriott towards the Place Glacier group.
Headwaters of Spruce Creek, and the Cayoosh Range
Mount Rohr is the one with some snow left on it, everything else is pretty dry…
Group shot, Frances stayed behind at the bottom of the south ridge.
On the way down
We went swimming in that lake, the best way to describe it would be refreshing
The shiny thing at the bottom is the Wendy Thompson hut
Hiking in the Marriott Basin. I like the contrast between the granite slab, and the hilly basin behind.
Say Cheese. Group shot outside the Wendy Thompson hut, located in the Marriott basin off the Duffey Lake road.
View towards Joffre from the end of the road
Splitz grill for burgers.