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The Terrific Tetrahedron · Fri. Sep. 29th, 2023 - Sun. Oct. 1st, 2023
Warning, this trip has been cancelled : I'm lame and don't want to do another slog
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Start: Friday, Sep. 29th, 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, Oct. 1st, 9:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Sep. 26th, 5:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom
Have you ever found yourself in the Rose Garden staring across Burrard Inlet? Have you ever noticed that big pointy peak right across on the Sunshine Coast? How does the prospect of getting to the top of that using only your two legs and whatever you can strap on a bike sound?
The tentative and general plan is to meet at the Rose Garden on Friday evening. From there, we will bike to Horseshoe Bay, board the ferry, and continue on towards Port Mellon, and from there up the Rainy FSR. Once we reach the trailhead, we will set up camp and stash our bikes. On Saturday, the plan is to summit Tetrahedron and Rainy via the East ridge (generally following Steven Song's route linked below). We'll return to the trailhead on Saturday evening, and from there decide if we want to start biking home or stay another night.
This will be a very physically strenuous trip, with a fair amount of bike riding with overnight gear, 16 km with around 1700m of vert, lots of bushwhacking, and class 3-4 scrambling. Good mental fortitude is a must. Additionally, it may be smart to bring a rope and harnesses to rappel some sections if we need to (we can work that out at the pretrip).
Notes: This is only a general idea and I haven't ironed out all the details yet. I picked the East Ridge approach cause it seems way more accessible by bike, there's good beta on it, and we can bag Rainy along the way. The downside is that we'll have to bring tents for the trailhead, as all the huts are on the West side of the park. The East Ridge is also a bit more involved than the SW from the sounds of it. This is my first experience bikepacking, so if there are any experienced folks that want to help in planning, let me know!
Steven Song Route: