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Ossa Mountain Scramble (or Hanging out in the Tantalus range...) · Sat. Oct. 12th - Sun. Oct. 13th
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Start: Saturday, Oct. 12th, 7:00 am
End: Sunday, Oct. 13th, 11:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 6:30 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: VOC Clubroom
Every time I go to Squamish, I look at the big spiky mountains (which are the Tantalus range) on the left side and I always tell myself one day I will go in these mountains. After a some research, I found that Ossa Mountain is not too hard to get to and the scramble is not too technical either. The scramble is rated as moderate. There is a difficult and exposed section just beside the summit. Even if we don't summit Ossa (I doubt I will personally risk it, I am not a big fan of exposure), the view from the ridge would probably be awesome already. Update: There will be a lot of snow! I doubt we will scramble much, but mostly just explore the area and have fun!
We can do this trip either in 2 days with a very long second day, or in 3 days and take our time to summit Ossa. We can decide at the pre-trip meeting.
Reaching the camp will take 6-8 hours (maybe more). This part only involve hiking. We will probable wake up early the next days and try to summit Ossa with a day pack. This part involve scrambling. If you attempt to summit Ossa (for a 2 days trip), this day will be a long day since summitting would take about 5-6 hours and going down from the camp would take an additional 4-6 hours (again, maybe more...). Otherwise we do it in 3 days since its a long weekend (reach the camp, summit ossa, come back from the camp).
This trip is between beginner and intermediate friendly (I don't want absolute beginner). You have to be reasonably fit (fit doesn't mean fast, I am myself not particularly fast... but you have to be able to hike for 10-12 hours a day with an overnight backpack). The route is quite long (headlamp is essential! Expect to come back late on Sunday night). Scrambling experience is good to have as well if you want to summit the difficult part.
Other than normal gear for a hiking trip, we will need to bring an ice axe (not sure anymore...) and a helmet , and snowshoes!
For more details (like the route, direction, required gears, etc.), have a look at the Wiki Page.