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Phucking Long Phelix Traverse! · Thu. Jun. 30th - Sun. Jul. 3rd

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Organized by: Sam Viavant.

Start: Thursday, Jun. 30th, 6:00 pm
End: Sunday, Jul. 3rd, 10:00 pm


One of my favorite activities is cruising on a ridge-line, above trees, with nothing to block the view or enclose the space.  After scouring Google Earth, I found a perfect place for Canada Day weekend!  There's a 40-kilometer stretch of ridgeline from Phelix Hut to Tenquille Lake, with no trees and no brush and nothing but rock and sky and tundra and a bit of snow.  The walk would be longer than 40k, because there’s a 5-kilometer approach to the hut, and then a roughly 12-kilometer descent trail from Tenquille Lake.  Given that the ridgeline won’t be as straight a shot as it looks on Google Earth, the total distance will be at least 60 kilometres.  

Ideally, we’d leave Vancouver on Thursday night and get to the hut or at least the Phelix trailhead that night.  (Leaving VERY early Friday morning could also be an option, but Thursday night would be better).  Friday, we’d get to Phelix hut and beyond, onto the ridgeline.  Saturday would be a full day of ridge traversing, and Sunday would be some ridgeline and then a descent to the Tenquille Lake trailhead for some car-shuttle faff.  We’d get back Sunday night, hopefully not too late.

We should come?  I’m calling the trip beginner-intermediate friendly, because you won’t need to know how to use ropes or any other specialized equipment.  However, you WILL need to walk 20-25 kilometers a day with an overnight pack and keep this up for multiple days.  (Why 25 kilometers and not 20?  Because Friday and Sunday we won't be able to hike the whole day, so Saturday will have to be longer). 

Most of the terrain will be friendly (basically, walking on grassy tundra), but there will be some time when we’ll need to walk over a boulder field, and some times when we’ll need to scramble (hike with our hands).  If you’ve never done a hike without a trail, this wouldn’t be a good trip to learn.  That said, if you’re fit and you can walk on boulder fields and do a little bit of scrambling, you’re ready :)  If you’re not sure about your readiness, you can reach out to me we can chat about your situation :).

Cheers and hope to see you on the ridgeline!

Posted: 2022-04-22 04:32:09
Last modified: 2022-04-22 04:49:57