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Try for the North Needle · Saturday, September 23rd, 2023
Warning: This is an old trip - it already happened
Warning, this trip has been cancelled : I was betting on better weather and less homework for the weekend
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Start: Saturday, Sep. 23rd, 5:00 am
End: Saturday, Sep. 23rd, 4:30 pm
I'm putting this trip out there to see if there's any interest, but it might be a bit of a hard sell.
The needles are a group of small peaks near Lynn Valley. I think the view is pretty nice, but their main attraction for me is that they are (relatively) accesible from UBC without a car and I want to get into the mountains whenever possible!
At the moment I'm planning to get there and back via bus, which means a pretty significant transit time. In the morning I'm going to aim to be at the trailhead around 6:45, which means catching the bus at UBC just after 5:00. Obviously, people are welcome to meet me at the trailhead if they have alternate forms of transportation.
The trail shouldn't be too challenging, but people say that there is some bushwhacking and some scrambling sections. So maybe come with that in mind. I'm hoping to find some fun scrambles! This is the route I'll be aiming to follow: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/british-columbia/middle-needle-and-north-needle
The trail isn't too challenging, but I will be moving somewhat fast. Certainly not running, but maybe a bit of jogging on the way down and at flat spots, and I probably won't be taking a lot of breaks. The reason for this is that I need to be back at the trailhead for a bus just after 16:30. Keep this in mind if you're interested in signing up, as it may mean not getting all the way to the North Needle, and just getting the more southern peaks or Lynn Peak.
This trip might get cancelled if it's starts to look like it will rain heavily. This is probably an intermediate hike, there's a lot of up and down, so come expecting some elevation gain. Think more than 2x the Grouse Grind and a whole lot longer.
Email or text me if you have any questions at all.