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More Harrison Hut Routefinding · Sat. May. 18th - Mon. May. 20th
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Start: Saturday, May. 18th
End: Monday, May. 20th
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, May. 15th, 6:15 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom
Since August 2010, when half of Mt. Meager collapsed in one of the largest worldwide landslides since 1945, the VOC's Harrison Hut has been an elusive place as kilometers of the road and 2 bridges needed to get there were destroyed. Since then Ben and I have been directing VOC labour on a new route on the other (geologically stable) side of the valley. After a series of route-finding trips, rock moving trips, and finally route-clearing trips the first half of the route was more-or-less completed last year.
We've just received word that our funding to continue has come through from MEC! This means that we're really going to push it all the way to the hut this year, and try and get First Nations approval to upgrade the entire thing to a trail (likely upgrading to a full-on trail won't happen until next summer). This means we need to figure out the all-important question of where, exactly, to put it the second half.
I'd like to have a few people come with me, bringing skis or snowshoes, to explore around possible locations for the second leg of the trail. Now is the perfect time of year as the road is just starting to melt out, but the bush should still be mostly snow covered and easy to travel over. We would sleep at the hut.
If available, it would also be great to have some additional people to do work on the first leg of the trail. Last year we didn't quite get finished hanging markers. These people could probably even just wear boots.
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