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Stein Valley Traverse · Sat. Aug. 27th - Sat. Sep. 3rd
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Start: Saturday, Aug. 27th, 7:00 am
End: Saturday, Sep. 3rd, 9:00 pm
I'm hoping to do the Stein traverse this summer in 7 or 8 days (it's the hike from Lytton to Lillooet Lake that you've either heard of or you should google right now). It's a classic, a must-do, a bucket-lister, and it will generate a significant amount of facebook traffic if you take reasonably good pictures while hiking. Basically it's the sort of trip you need an excuse NOT to do.
Depending on whether we go west-to-east or east-to-west, it's either a trip through an alpine paradise followed by a few days' hike out a beautiful dry unlogged valley, or the opposite. One end of the hike is in the semi-desert of the fraser canyon, and the route leads through some kind of rainforest as well as alpine tundra, before the end, so there's great scenery.
I'm hoping to spend a day or two on a sidetrip (Elton Lake!) and a scramble or few (Mt Skook Jim?) in the middle of this, so it would actually be six days through-hiking and two extra days for fun. I have a slight preference to hike from east to west, just because climbing up through all the fun dry ecological zones seems more enjoyable when you're headed up to the alpine, rather than being part of a trudge back to the car -- but this can be discussed.
The obvious difficulty here is that the start and finish of the hike are 2.5 hrs apart by car, so we're going to need to do some serious shuffling. Ideally we should have between 4 and 8 people I think (although maybe, maybe there could be more), which means 2-4 cars or a small posse of awfully committed loved ones to drive us around. So if you're considering getting a car or a loved one with a car... well, having one or the other by the end of the month would help us all out.
In terms of difficulty -- I guess it's moderate-friendly. It's apparently fairly gruelling, with lots of overgrown bits and lots of creative routefinding. On the other hand, it shouldn't require any particularly fancy technical skills.
There will probably be a pretrip or two, but I don't yet know when.
Also under no circumstances will we camp at any of the rat camps (read the horrifying VOC trip report for details). Oh, and here are a few resouces:
Also, there may eventually be something useful on the message board thread, but you'll have to excavate through all the faff before you can find it...
...or you could borrow the stein book from the VOC -- there are multiple copies