Summer Peak Bagging Challenge

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The idea for the competition is to encourage people to get out into the mountains as they possible can, along with an added competitive and fun aspect. I have created a points system based on the technicality of the ascent, as well as a number of challenging, fun, and sometimes ridiculous score multipliers and bonus points. Contact us if you have any bonus point suggestions! they will be considered. Our sponsors, Valhalla Pure Outfitters - Vancouver and GrandWall Equipment, have donated some prizes, which will be announced soon!


  • Must be a named moutain/peak
  • Peak must be over 1,400m
  • Minimum 500m elevation gain from trailhead
  • Peak must have >100m vertical prominence from other peaks submitted
  • Pics or didn’t happen - Photo proof required at peak (*For 5th class ascents where the peak could be hiked to, photo is required on the climb)
  • Bagging Season runs from May 1st to August 31st (Only peaks bagged in this period will count.)
  • A peak can only be bagged once (for competition purposes, that is) (You will not receive any additional points for repeat ascents.)
  • Multipliers and bonus points will be applied after submission, based on difficulty, style, and shenanigans (See ‘Multipliers and Bonus Points’ section.)
  • Open to registered/current VOC members


  • 1 Peak Bagged = 10 Points
  • (10 points + Peak Bonus) x Multiplier = PeakScore
  • Multipliers are cumulative. (eg. (10 x 1.2) x 1.3 = 15.6 points)
  • Peak Bonuses are applied for each peak. Subject to multipliers.
  • Daily Bonuses are valid once daily, only if at least 1 peak is bagged that day. Not subject to multipliers.
  • Seasonal Bonuses are applied once per season, and are cumulative. Not subject to multipliers.

The Scoreboard (Multipliers & Bonus Points)

The scoring can get complicated... Contact [email protected] to settle discrepancies. This section will be updated regularly through the season, so keep an eye out for new bonuses!

1 peak = 10 points


Multipliers are cumulative.

Multiplier Multiplier Comments
On a multi-day trip x1.1
On a VOC trip x1.2 'Official' VOC trips only (trip agenda)
10 people on a peak at once x1.2
Mountaineering objective x1.1 Glacier gear required
Class 4 scrambling x1.1
5th class climbing x1.1 (+0.1 for each grade over 5.6) 5.7 = x1.2, 5.8 = x1.3 …etc.
 eg.The Nose of Mt. Habrich (5.10-): 10 points x 1.5 = 15 points

Peak Bonus

Peak bonuses are applied to each peak. Subject to multipliers. More to be added soon.

Peak Bonus Bonus Points Comments
'Captain Morgan' summit pose +0.5 points
Wearing pool floaties in summit shot +1 point Must be more substantial than water wings
Naked summit shot +2 points Hiking boots permitted
VOC trip leader +2 points Applied to any peaks you bag on a VOC trip that you organized (2 weeks trip agenda notice req.)
Obscurity bonus +1 to 5 points Assigned at our discretion to out of the ordinary summits in the bag

Daily Bonus

Daily bonuses are valid once daily, only if at least one peak is bagged that day. Not subject to multipliers

Daily Bonus Bonus Points Comments
Write a trip report within a week +0.5 points ...and post to
Summit a peak outside of BC +1 point
Exceptional approach +1 points Awarded at our discretion for interesting approaches, eg. skiing to a climb, or climbing to a ski line
>15km day +2 points Biking does not count towards this
>30km day +3 points Biking does not count towards this
>45km day +5 points Biking does not count towards this
>2000m elevation gain +2 points
>4000m elevation gain +4 points What are you
3 peaks in a day +1 points
5 peaks in a day +2 points
7 peaks in a day +2 points
Road bike approach +1 point for every 10km Approach only, paved road
Mountain bike approach +1 points for every 5km Approach only, steep non-paved road
Sea-to-Summit +4 points Start at sea level, summit a peak. Bikes allowed.

Seasonal Bonus

Valid once per season. Not subject to multipliers.

Seasonal Bonus Bonus Points Comments
10 peaks +5 points
20 peaks +10 points
30 peaks +15 points
40 peaks +20 points
50 peaks +25 points So you climb mountains, eh?


I will try to sort through the submissions as fast as I can to allocate points! You can check the leaderboard and see how you’re doing against others


The awesome guys at Valhalla Pure Outfitters - Vancouver have been kind enough to donate an Arc'teryx Alpha FL Jacket as the grand prize! GrandWall has also donated one of their new edition, CrossFish ice axes, as well as some other assorted climbing gear.

Following the Competition

Check out the message board, or the Facebook group ‘2017 Summer Peak Bagging Challenge’ for updates, new multipliers and bonus points, and other updates! Also feel free to email [email protected] if you have any questions!

Get out there and bag some peaks!!