Archive:2010 July 31-Aug 2 Beginner Friendly Scrambling

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It's a long weekend and most of the winter snow should be melted. It's time to get out and do some scrambles! The scrambles we'll be aiming for are found in Matt Gunn's Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia guidebook. You can find a copy of it in the VOC clubroom and for sale at MEC.

  • Why is this Beginner Friendly? - this trip is beginner friendly in the sense that beginners to scrambling are welcome and we will be happy to teach and wait for them, not in the sense that it is easy or safe. See the VOC definition of beginner friendly Here.

Skills Required

  • Previous hiking experience
  • General fitness

Work Hike Opportunities

We are going to need a chainsaw to remove a log that has blocked the Phelix FSR. If someone has access to one, it would make our trip a bit easier.

Should you want to get credit for a work hike, or just want to do a little work on one of our Huts, there's a Coleman lamp to be carried up there, and the outhouse needs some screws to be installed, and maybe a piece of wood. Shouldn't take very long and won't interfere with mountaineering. Talk to Roland or Geoff if you are interested.



  • Leave Vancouver at 8am (meaning you're driving across the Lions Gate bridge).
  • Meet at the car parking area at noon.
  • If we have 4WD high clearance vehicles, we can shuttle to the trailhead (this would save 6km of hiking, but is not necessary).
  • Hike into the hut: approximately 5 hours without 4WD shuttling or 3.5 with 4WD shuttling


  • Scramble Mt Gandalf and Mt Aragorn: approximately 8 hours (Mt Aragorn is an optional easy add-on depending if you have the energy).


  • Scramble Mt Shadowfax early in the morning: approximately 4 hours (also optional)
  • Pack up and hike out

Gear Required

Check out the gear lists on the wiki for a scrambling trip here: Gear lists

Remember, the VOC has lots of gear for rent in the clubroom. There are lots of ice axes, packs, helmets, etc... available in the clubroom.


  • 1 set of non-cotton clothes (just the one set)
  • 1 additional warm thing (fleece / down jacket)
  • water proof jacket (even if the weather is suppose to be good)
  • toque (very important!!!)
  • gloves
  • sturdy hiking boots
  • sun hat
  • gaiters
  • an extra set of non-cotton clothes might be worth the weight if the weather is going to be bad


  • we'll be sleeping in the Brian Waddington Hut (sleeps 24)
  • sleeping bag (it's summer and filling the hut with warm bodies should keep the hut warm)
  • sleeping pad


  • sunscreen
  • headlamp (very important!!!)
  • lip balm
  • sunglasses
  • camera
  • bug net (works way better than bug juice, plus it doesn't wreck the environment or your stuff)
  • toilet Paper
  • toothbrush
  • lighter


  • ice axe (can borrow from club)
  • helmet (can borrow from club)


  • stove + pot + fuel + lighter (or share with someone)
  • thing to eat out of
  • spoon
  • lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch (or join a food group)
  • water (at least two litres!!!!)
  • water purifier of sorts or a friend with one


and a pack to put it all in.

Pre-Trip Meeting

The Pre-Trip Meeting will be at 7:00pm on Wednesday, July 28th at Lacarno Beach (the bottom of Tolmie Street in Point Grey). The VOC weekly ultimate game happens then too.

  • It is very important that you attend the pre-trip meeting as we'll be deciding on rides, accommodations, food groups, etc. We'll also decide the final number for this trip and we'll go over important details and skills.
  • If you're on the waitlist and attend the Pre-Trip meeting you'll probably get a spot.
  • If you can't attend the Pre-Trip meeting but still want to go contact Todd at todd(at)phas(dot)ubc(dot)com and one of the drivers to make sure you have a ride.


There will be 24 spots, lets fill the hut!

  1. Todd Mackenzie (organizer)
  2. Ryan Goldsbury
  3. Claire Haddock
  4. Shuyu (beginner, need to borrow ice axe and helmet)
  5. Andy Reddin
  6. Bethan McKevitt (provided this is a Sat(31)-Sun(1)-Mon(2) trip -will probably bring a tent)
  7. Abdullah

Waiting List

Or the "tenting/lets squeeze like sardines in the hut" list

Vehicle List

Sign up here if you have a vehicle. This pretty much guarantees you a spot on the trip.