Friday, 30 March 2012

Hike up the Stawamus Chief (2nd and 3rd Peaks) on Sunday, April 29th. Rating C3

*Update April 18th: this event is full*

Ever wondered what the view is like from atop the Stawamus Chief (that granite dome near Squamish, on the way to Whistler)? Here is your chance! Join Mokuyokai up the Chief for a breathtaking view of Howe Sound and the town of Squamish.

For those who have never climbed it, the Chief is perhaps the best known hike near Vancouver. There are three peaks and we are going to the second and the third. The trail is steep - complete with ladders and chains near the top - but overall is easier than the Grouse Grind. After the hike, we'll likely go for food and drinks near Squamish. Please note, if the forecast calls for rain, the hike will be cancelled the day before. Please make sure you come prepared for this hike (we're not stopping on the way for food or snacks).

Hike Details
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
Elevation gain: 600m
Time: 5-6 hours
More trail info and pictures:

Meetup Time and Place
When: Sunday, April 29th, 2012. (9am to 5pm. The hike itself is 5-6 hours)
Meetup Location: Vancouver Tourism Info Center at 9am (sharp)
Max Number of Participants: 15
300 Burrard St. @ corner of W. Cordova St. and Burrard St.
What to bring: Proper footwear (as the trail is steep), lunch, gloves, hat, snacks, camera, min 1L water, warm and weatherproof jacket/, warm sweater, cash. The weather can change quickly – even if the weather is sunny and warm in Vancouver, it can be cool and windy atop the Chief, so please prepare accordingly. Mokuyokai reserves the right to turn away unprepared participants.

Cost and Car Pooling
Fee: Members: None; JETAA: $5; Non-Members: $10 (note: this fee helps cover ourinsurance.) You must pay your driver some gas money too.

Car Pooling
We will arrange car-pooling from Vancouver Tourism Info Centre. It works on a first come, first serve basis (i.e., if someone RSVPs and can drive 3 people, the first three people who sign up get a lift.) Please give your driver $5-10 for gas and their time. Drivers are usually in short supply, so if you can drive, it is appreciated.

RSVP to Michael Marland ( or reply to this email) by Thursday, April 26th. No verbal RSVPs, please.
Please indicate:
1) Are you a Mokuyokai member or JETAA?
2) Can you drive or do you need a lift?
3) Your phone number
4) Emergency Contact and Phone Number

Mokuyokai Rating: C3
This rating system indicates the difficulty of the activity and how long it will take. Please note that this is just a reference and the time may differ depending on the condition and participants abilities.
A= Beginner: For everyone. A walk in the park.
B= Intermediate: For the people who occasionally play sports.
C= Strenuous: You regularly exercise and want a challenge.
Time (Estimation of activity time):
1= less than 2 hours
2= 2 to 4 hours
3= more than 4 hours