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Chester Lake (2012.2.12)

After the epic 5hr 50min finish of Burstall Pass Peak, I drove across the Smith Dorrien Road to Chester Lake Parking lot. I still had 3.5 hours of daylight time, which is enough for me tick Chester Lake off my to-do list. Well, I still had to come back to this lake for Little Galatea, Mt. Galatea, Gusty Peak, The Fortress, and Mt. Chester though.
Similar to Burstall Pass Trail, Chester Lake Trail is well packed down so I didn't need to snowshoe-up. I carried my snowshoes pretty much all the way to the lake. The difference is, this trail is quite steep compared with the much gentler grade of Burstall Pass Trail. My mom couldn't catch up my pace as long as the trail gets steep. There's a large meadow area before the lake. It's hard to distinguish them in winter if you hadn't been to this area before. The lake is right at the base of Mt. Chester's cliff.
I saw a little hump at the other end of the lake, which looks about 50-80m? or so higher than the lake. It's quite doable since I've brought my snowshoes up. On the hump, the view to the other direction (towards highway) opens up, and I could see Mt. Birdwood and Mt. Smuts rise behind Chester Lake. It’s my first time seeing Mt. Smuts, the hardest scramble in Kane's book. From this angle, Chester Lake is finally distinguisable from the meadow area. The "summit" cairn is quite small, (smaller than my snowshoe). After a quick panorama, I headed down to re-join my mom at the lake shore. After completing Burstall Pass Peak + Chester Lake, I covered 30km distance with 1100m elevation gain.

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Mt. Sir Douglas
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Mt. Sir Douglas
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Chester Lake trail
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Chester Lake trail
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Gusty Peak
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Gusty Peak
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Panorama from a meadow
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Panorama from a meadow
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Me on the trail
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Me on the trail
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Little Chester
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Little Chester
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Little Galatea
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Little Galatea
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Gusty Peak
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Gusty Peak
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The Fortress
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The Fortress
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Little Galatea
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Little Galatea
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Mt. Galatea
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Mt. Galatea
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Mt. Chester
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Mt. Chester
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Panorama at Chester Lake
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Panorama at Chester Lake
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Mt. Chester
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Mt. Chester
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Chester Lake
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Chester Lake
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Mt. Chester
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Mt. Chester
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Looking back
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Looking back
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Chester Lake
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Chester Lake
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Mt. Smuts and The Fist
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Mt. Smuts and The Fist
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The Fortress
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The Fortress
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Mt. Chester
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Mt. Chester
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Summit cairn and my snowshoe
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Summit cairn and my snowshoe
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Back to parking lot
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