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Beginner-friendly Scrambling at Phelix with fancy mulled wine · Sat. Oct. 11th - Mon. Oct. 13th

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Organized by: Clemens Adolphs.

Start: Saturday, Oct. 11th, 6:00 am
End: Monday, Oct. 13th, 10:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 8th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom MAP


If the weather's nice enough, the plan is to hike to Brian Waddington (Phelix) hut -- our most beautiful hut.Phelix in the summer

(Picture by Rueben Schulz)


From there, we can hike/scramble up the surrounding mountains, including Mt. Gandalf, Mt. Aragorn, Mt. Frodo, Peregrin and Shadowfax:

Aragorn's summit crack. Picture by Jim Richardson

Gandalf's summit crack. Picture by Jim Richardson.

Near summit of Gandalf

Near summit of Gandalf. Picture by Cora Skaien. (It's not as bad as it looks, do not fear)

One of those evenings, we'll enjoy a German speciality, "Feuerzangenbowle", which is the best way to prepare mulled wine. It involves burning rum:FeuerzangenbowlePicture by Shane DuanI'll organize the wine and the spices and if you want to share in I'll ask you to chip in for the cost of it all.RequirementsThis is an overnight hut trip. The gear you need can be found here but note that it's fall, not summer, so a warmer sleeping bag and some warm layers will come in handy. Also, of course you don't need the tent from that gear list. A cup/mug/container for the mulled wine will be important though. I doubt that it'll have snowed enough by then for snowshoes to become important. Bring swimwear if you're hardcore. Note that there is no wood stove / oven in the hut, so the only heat generated will be by us.

Hiking to the hut is easy, although it does involve a decent amount of elevation gain. "Reasonable" fitness certainly makes that more fun. The various scrambles are all not technical and we'll pick routes that aren't overly exposed. Of course if it has snowed then some routes become trickier and we'll adjust our goals accordingly.


TENTATIVE: There is currently a wildfire on a nearby mountain, and this means the access road is closed until further notice. We'll have to hope that it'll be open by then. If that doesn't work out I'll think of another equally beginner-friendly hiking destination.

Good news everyone: I just called the Coastal Fire Centre and the trail's been opened up! Yay for Phelix.

Posted: 2014-09-22 15:53:03
Last modified: 2014-10-08 10:57:31