Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Hike to Garibaldi Lake on Saturday, October 13th. Rating: C3

*Update Oct 11th: Cancelled due to expected rain*

We're going to one of BC's most beautiful lakes – Garibaldi! This will be Mokuyokai's last big hike of the season. As always, drivers are appreciated!

Hike Description:

"With turquoise colored water nestled between alpine mountains and a spectacular glacier as the backdrop, Garibaldi Lake is one of the most scenic destinations in British Columbia." - Vancouver Trails

The first 6km of the trial is a gradual uphill climb through dense forest of Douglas Fir trees. We'll then pass The Barrier (a 2km thick lava dam holding back Garibaldi Lake) and two smaller lakes before reaching majestic Garibaldi Lake. We'll relax, eat and enjoy the beautiful scenery at Garibaldi Lake before returning the way we came.

Hike Details

When: Saturday, October 13th. 8am - 6:30pm (including transportation and hiking).
Where: Garibaldi Lake (Garibaldi Provincial Park - near Whistler)
Difficulty: Intermediate – Difficult (While it is not as steep as the Grouse Grind or the Squamish Chief, there is still a significant elevation gain. Only fit hikers should participate.)
Time: 7 hours
Distance: 18km (return)
Elevation Gain: 820 meters
More trail info: http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/garibaldi-lake/
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D5zvAuWUvY

We will not go if the forecast calls for rain.

Meetup Location:

1) Vancouver Visitor Centre at 8am (sharp) (Corner of West Cordova Street and Burrard Street). (If you are meeting here via public transportation, please ensure that the bus/skytrain is running early enough.)


2) White Spot Parking Lot at Park Royal Shopping Centre at 8:20am (sharp)

What to bring: *Proper* hiking footwear, a big lunch, snacks, sunscreen, camera, water (minimum 1.5L), water-repellant jacket, sweater, some cash. Extra shoes are a good idea so that you do not muddy your driver's car. Please note that the weather can change quickly and given the elevation gain, the temperature is significantly cooler near the Lake. We will not stop on the way, so participants *must* come prepared. Mokuyokai reserves the right to turn away unprepared participants.

Learn more about hiking preparedness at:

Fees (note: fees cover our insurance)
Members: None
JET Alumni Association: $5
Non-Members: $10
Car Pooling Fee: Please give your driver $10-$15 for gas

Car Pooling

Mokuyokai arranges car-pooling on a first come, first serve basis. For example, if someone RSVPs and can drive 3 people, the first three people who signed up get a lift.

Drivers are usually in short supply, so if you can drive, it is appreciated.

RSVP to Michael Marland (hike@mokuyokai.bc.ca) by Thursday, October 11th.

Please indicate:
1) Are you a Mokuyokai member or JETAA?
2) Can you drive or do you need a lift?
3) Can you meet at the Vancouver Tourism Centre or at Park Royal Shopping Centre?
3) Your phone number
4) An emergency contact and emergency contact number

Mokuyokai Rating: C3

=============== Rating System ================

This rating system indicates the difficulty and time of the hike. Please note it
is just a reference and the time may differ depending on the conditions and
participant ability.

A= Beginner: For everyone. A walk in the park.
B= Intermediate: For the people who occasionally play sports.
C= Strenuous: If you can do the Grouse Grind, you can do this hike.

1= less than 2 hours
2= 2 to 4 hours
3= more than 4 hours