Document type : vocene
Date : 2007-07-12
Description : VOCene #13
Content :
VOCene #13 - July 12, 2007
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In this VOCene:

I. Trip Reports
    1) Castle Towers
    2) Mt. MacFarlane
    3) Punch Bowl, Manning Park
    4) Mt. Pelion
    5) Widowmaker Arete
    6) Darrington

II. Upcoming Events and Trips
    1) Beginner Trip to Mount Price, July 14-15
    2) Squamish Mountain Film Festival, July 13-21
    3) Phelix Trail Work, July 21-22
    4) Mamquam Lake, July 21-22
    5) Phelix Hut, July 27-29

III. Other
    1) MEC Paddlefest, July 15
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I. Trip Reports

1) Castle Towers
In an attempt to revive the famous RABSA events of last summer, Chris
Petrus led an intrepid group up Gentian Ridge.  The weather didn't
cooperate, so they didn't get up Castle Towers itself.  They reported
copious amounts of snow.
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=1&i=28576&t=28576
http://www.ubc-voc.com/gallery/v/mike/20070707Gentian/

2) Mt. MacFarlane
Snippets from Vince's report: Dan, April and Vince headed up the
Chilliwack River Valley on Sunday to hike up Mt. MacFarlane, about
1700m gain and 21km round trip. It is yet another classic day hike
well documented in 103 Hikes that made its way into the Scrambles
Book.  It involved 3 hours of climbing up the valley in the trees, then
you get to Pierce Lake, a nice size, with a little campground. Then
through some nice meadows which were surprisingly in full bloom with
several splashes of alpine flowers, then there is a headwall next to
rushing waterfalls with handlines to gain another smaller lake above,
still mostly under snow with just the edges melting. This would be an
absolutely beautiful camping spot, as there are some fun scrambling
peaks around the lake aside from MacFarlane which was a pleasant ridge
climb up some snow patches to the top. 5.5 hours to the top.
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=1&i=28838&t=28838

3) Punch Bowl, Manning Park
Antje reports that the Punch Bowl area in Manning park is much less
boring than the description in 103 Hikes would have you believe.
Sounds like a neat nearby place to explore that gets little traffic.
http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Punch_Bowl_Lake_and_Snass_Mountain

4) Pelion
Scott N., Fred Touche and Robin McKillop successfully completed a 1
day death slog up Pelion Mountain.  Snow starts after the last
avalanche path, where the trail drops to the valley bottom.
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=1&i=28780&t=28780

5) Widowmaker Arete
Piotr and his friend Saar climbed the Widowmaker Arete on Crown
Mountain.  Nice alpine climbing close to the city, but sounds a little
hard!  They report that Grouse Mountain offers free food after hours.
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=1&i=28755&t=28755

6) Darrington
Seth posted a detailed report on his trip to Darrington, a climbing
area in Washington State.
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=1&i=28742&t=28742
http://picasaweb.google.com/seth.d.adams/RockClimbingDarringtonJuly4To7

II. Upcoming Trips and Events

1) Beginner Trip to Mount Price, July 14-15
Christian Veenstra has organized a beginner friendly trip to Mount
Price.  No particular experience required.  See the message board and
wiki if you are keen to explore Garibaldi Provincial park!  Trip is
almost fully organized, but maybe you can still squeeze in if you move
quickly!
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=1&i=28404&t=28404
http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/14July2007_Price

2) Squamish Mountain Film Festival, July 13-21
The Squmish Mountain Film Festival starts tomorrow.  Sounds like they
might still need some volunteers.
http://www.squamishmountainfestival.com/

3) Phelix Trail Work, July 21-22
Christian is recruiting fearless bushwackers to help clear out the
trail to the Phelix hut.
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=1&i=28842&t=28842

4) Mamquam Lake, July 21-22
A trip to Mamquam Lake is being organized.
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=1&i=28839&t=28839

5) Phelix Hut, July 27-29
An ex-voc-er is planning to go to the Phelix Hut (which he helped
build).  He is happy to have company.
http://www.ubc-voc.com/phorum2/read.php?f=1&i=28745&t=28745

III. Other

1) MEC Paddlefest, July 15
Ambleside Beach, West Van, 9am-4pm
MEC is presenting paddling clinics, tours, onland clinics on packing,
eating, navigation etc.  For more info or to reserve call 604-876-6221.
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