Sunday, 14 April 2013

Hike up the Stawamus Chief (1st Peak) on Sun, May 5th. Rating C2

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 first one only. The trail is steep at times 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
Trail info and pictures:

Meetup Time and Place
When: Sunday, May 5th. (9:30am to 4pm. The hike itself is 4-5 hours)
Meetup Location: Corner of W. Cordova St. and Burrard St. at 9:30am
or Park Royal Shopping Centre at 9:50am.
What to bring: Proper footwear (as the trail is steep), lunch, gloves, hat, snacks, camera, 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; $5. You must pay your driver some gas money too.

Car Pooling
We will arrange car-pooling. 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 Friday, May 3rd.
Please indicate:
1) Are you a Mokuyokai member
2) Can you drive or do you need a lift?
3) Do you want to meet at Burrard & Cordova or Park Royale?
4) Your phone number
5) Emergency Contact and Phone Number

Mokuyokai Rating: C2
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