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Waddington Hut Radical Reconnaissance and Maybe Scrambling · Sat. Sep. 15th - Sun. Sep. 16th
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Start: Saturday, Sep. 15th, 6:00 am
End: Sunday, Sep. 16th, 7:00 pm
Come out for a big hike to soak up the last of the summer weather and investigate options for the future of the outhouse and the bridge at the Brian Waddington hut (AKA Phelix hut). The outhouse is in a non-ideal location due to significant water flow in the pit and proximity to the lake. The exec has been considering various solutions including moving the outhouse or perhaps establishing a composting system. I have only visited Phelix hut while the area was covered with thick snow so I want to go up there to familiarize myself with the landscape and record information that will assist the executive to develop a sustainable strategy for disposal of human waste. While we're up there, I would also like to scramble up a nearby peak.
This area is frequented by grizzly and black bears. During the establishment of the original hut tenure, it was thought that August 15th until October 15th saw the highest bear activity so it was recommended that people not visit during this time. Based on recent conversations with someone familiar with the area, it is my (nonprofessional) understanding that this time period carries the same likelihood of bear encounters as the first half of the summer, during which parties have successfully visited the area without serious bear problems or major disturbance. I am in no way guaranteeing that bears will not be encountered, nor am I claiming to be a wildlife expert but I think we'll be safe and non-intruding if we take normal precautions. These include: singing loudly while on the trail (I like Journey and Bruce Springsteen, other artists welcome), keeping food well contained, avoiding bears if they are spotted and carrying bear spray and bear bangers (non-lethal deterrents). I would also like to keep the group small (
As much as I would love to go skiing, there will not be enough snow right now to justify bringing skis. But I would love to hike up the nearby mountains as high as we can get and this is a great time to get to know the area before all the features are hidden by snow and fog when you ski there in the winter.
I don't have a car so we will need someone with a car to join. If you sign up, please state whether you have a car and how many people you can transport.
Oh, did I mention that this hut has a guitar. Yeah, I know, pretty awesome eh?