We planned on hiking to the summit of Vesper Peak but only made it as far as Vesper Lake. Hot day, extremely challenging hike. We were eight hours on the trail as it was, so this summit will have to wait for the next time.
This hike was the idea of Darrell Hull, introduced to us by George del Campo and to Darrell I say: good on ya, mate! This was the toughest and greatest hike of my short hiking career. The challenge and the views were outstanding.
Part of the challenge was the four streams we crossed; the one in the picture above was one of the easier ones.
The trail was not easy; lots of rocks and tough footing.
This view looks down onto a section we have just hiked.
As for the environment around Vesper Peak, here are a few samples:
Tough as it was, Derek kept on going. We pushed past Headlee Pass to Vesper Lake and planted ourselves. But Derek kept exploring:
He came back and took me and George to the upper section of Vesper Lake; note that at this altitude, even on a hot day at the end of June, there is still a little snow and ice:
Speaking of Vesper Peak we almost made it:
So, all in all, a memorable and totally outstanding day. We will be back to finish the job and make it to the summit of Vesper Peak. I predict it will be on a cooler and cloudier day.
Evidence that walking in nature reduces depression – I agree!