Altitude: 531m to 1049m. Gain: 523m. Loss: 5m . Gradient: 7 deg (Moderate-hard)
Skills: Occasional scrambles (3/7) - Streams (2/5) Winter - Snow/ice underfoot (2/7)
Travel up the Evangeline starts ok walking up scrubby shingle river flats and channels, climbing steadily. However, the river gorges out after 2.5km and becomes impassable. A rough route scrambles round the gorge on the southern valleyside - climbing easily then sidling steep faces. The descent back to the river is very steep & crumbly. Parts of this route are vaguely marked.
Back in the now narrow valley floor travel becomes simpler again, following the riverbed or its banks on a steady climb upstream. The southern valleyside becomes gentle above the last forks 500m below the hut, and a vague trail cuts through beech forest on that side - marked variously through the ages and just about followable. Evangeline Biv sits beside a small side-creek 50m or so away from the main creek in thick scrub and will be missed unless you walk right by it. If you manage to locate the track, it leads to it - but under 1 foot of snow the track was not easily identifiable.