After huffing up the
climbers' trail, we arrived at the base of the climb.
Unbelievably, there was not a single party around us.
Maybe the late season scared everyone off? Was
it the prohibited overnight parking along highway 120?
Whatever the reason, we basically had the Budd Creek drainage
to ourselves. We took advantage of the gorgeous
weather and our modest agenda for the day by lounging
around for an hour before sorting out the gear.
Around 10am, we finally got off our asses and started
up the climb.