Archive:2010 Beginner Friendly Needle Peak Scramble

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We're running out of time before the snow arrives (I hope) so let's go hiking/scrambling. The scramble we'll be aiming for are found in Matt Gunn's Scrambles in Southwest British Columbia guidebook. You can find a copy of it in the VOC clubroom and for sale at MEC.

  • Why is this Beginner Friendly? - this trip is beginner friendly in the sense that beginners to hiking or scrambling are welcome and we will be happy to teach and wait for them, not in the sense that it is easy or safe. See the VOC definition of beginner friendly Here.

Skills Required

  • General fitness



  • Leave Vancouver by 8am (meaning you're merging onto Highway 1).
  • Meet at the car parking area at 10:30.
  • Hike to a suitable camping spot, leave heavy stuff then scramble up to top of Needle Peak.


  • Hike to Flatiron, then break camp and head back to the cars.

Gear Required

Check out the gear lists on the wiki for a scrambling trip here: Gear lists

Remember, the VOC has lots of gear for rent in the clubroom. If you don't have good boots, gaiters or a helmet, the club can hook you up.


  • 1 set of non-cotton clothes (just the one set)
  • 1 additional warm thing (fleece / down jacket)
  • water proof jacket (even if the weather is suppose to be good)
  • toque (very important!!!)
  • sturdy hiking boots
  • sun hat
  • gaiters
  • an extra set of non-cotton clothes might be worth the weight if the weather is going to be bad


  • Tents (not everyone)
  • sleeping bag (it won't be too too cold out, but it's not mid summer either)
  • sleeping pad


  • sunscreen
  • headlamp (very important!!!)
  • lip balm
  • sunglasses
  • camera
  • bug net (works way better than bug juice, plus it doesn't wreck the environment or your stuff)
  • toilet Paper
  • toothbrush
  • lighter


  • helmet (You can borrow one from the club. Check here for gear rental hours)


  • stove + pot + fuel + lighter (or share with someone)
  • thing to eat out of
  • spoon
  • lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch (or join a food group)
  • water (at least two litres!!!!)
  • something to make your drinking water safe (like Aquatabs)


and a pack to put it all in.

Pre-Trip Meeting

The Pre-Trip Meeting will be at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 22nd in the club office in the SUB.

  • It is very important that you attend the pre-trip meeting as we'll be deciding on rides, accommodations, food groups, etc. We'll also decide the final number for this trip and we'll go over important details and skills.
  • If you can't attend the Pre-Trip meeting but still want to go contact Phil at phil(dot)tomlinson(at)gmail(dot)com and one of the drivers to make sure you have a ride.


Trip size depends on how many 'experienced' type people sign up. For now I'll cap it at 15 but this may increase. Please sign up and indicate your experience level and if you have a tent.

  1. Phil Tomlinson - will bring a tent, reasonably experienced
  2. Victoria Alfred - will sleep in Phil's tent, reasonably experienced
  3. Adrien Bussy - not tent, no stove, little experience - keen to share things with anyone (except toothbrush ;-))
  4. Emily Ackroyd- will bring tent-- do not have stove
  5. Anthony Melnick- in tent with Emily
  6. Riley Patterson- Experienced paddler and camper (new to scrambling) with tent
  7. Kathrin Lang - has stove, no tent, somewhat experienced?
  8. Alfred Larsen - Has tent, stove, some experience
  9. Katherine Valentine - has stove, no tent, fairly experienced
  10. Mieke Coppes (tent and stove)
  11. Sonja Dobbs (will be in Mieke's tent)
  12. Meg Foster
  13. Tom Beingessner (tent, stove)
  14. Rishi Sharma (no tent, can rent car if reqd)

Vehicle List

Sign up here if you have a vehicle. This pretty much guarantees you a spot on the trip. There's no logging roads or anything to worry about, so any car is suitable.

  • Vicky's beat up Buick
  1. Vicky
  2. Phil
  3. Emily (Depending on where you guys live, I'm on campus)
  4. Anthony (same situation as Emily)
  5. Kathrin

  • Alfred's Jeep
  1. Alfred
  2. Sonja
  3. Mieke
  4. Adrien
  5. Rishi

  • Meg's (small) tracker
  1. Meg
  2. Tom :)
  3. Riley
  4. Catherine