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Alcoholic Traverse · Fri. Jul. 15th - Mon. Jul. 18th
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Start: Friday, Jul. 15th, 12:00 pm
End: Monday, Jul. 18th, 12:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Jul. 13th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom
Finally the snow is melted enough to do the Alcoholic Traverse. This is totally beginner friendly, and no special equipment or training is needed. This is in the tradition of legendary VOC traverses, going from Brandywine to Brew, hence the name. Alcohol need not be consumed. Carla and I are retired, so we can spend longer than the average Weekend Warrior, but we can try and accomodate people who have to try and fit it all into a weekend. Our plan is to drive up Friday, place the getaway car on the Brew road, then drive (4WD) to the snowmobile hut near Brandywine Meadows and car-camp. I can ferry up those who do not have 4WD. Saturday we climb, or go around, Brandywine Mountain, pass through some interesting terrain and tent just north of Mt Fee. Sunday we go around Mt Fee (some benign glaciers), thread our way along a bunch of confusing ridges, and arrive at the Brew Hut. Total distance is well under 20 km. We will spend Sunday night there, and devote Monday to retrieving the cars and driving home. If you have to work Friday and/or Monday, you can still do this, but Carla and I don't go very fast if we can help it.
This trip requires spectacularly good weather because it's spectacularly good country, and there's no trails. If the weather's not OK, I might go to the Harrison Hut instead, which also requires the four days, so if you arrange to take the time off to do this trip, you won't be stuck in Vancouver moping.
LATEST: As of 2016 July 12, we have a problem with the weather.
There's thunderstorms predicted and about 10 mm of rain both Sat and Sun. Let's go to the pre-trip meeting and discuss what to do about this. Frosty in Manning Park might be suitable, for a shorter weekend as it's not a traverse and no car retrieval is needed.