Crown & Camel (1,504 m) - the highest prominence of the North Shore and a winsome peak that we have all glanced at and admired from afar! Join us in a shoulder season exploration of this local gem. Not a full-on winter outing, but be aware of the record snowpack that still persists on our north shore mountains. Microspikes and poles will be mandatory for the steep descent onto Crown Pass; snowshoes optional (although I will be bringing them).
About 9 kms, nearly 1,000 m of cumulative elevation gain, 6-8 hrs, starting from the top of the Grouse Chalet ($10 to download and $21 for the round trip gondola ride if you come with us).
We are a select group of hardy hikers and snowshoers who are passionate about mountainsandthe alpine. If you love the freedom of backcountry hiking, scrambling, and snowshoeing, and you work well within a team setting in the service of safely summiting pristine snow capped peaks, this group is for you!
Pictures are worth a thousand words: to get a better feel for our group, click on "Photos" at the above left and go through our trip albums.
We have had a wonderful 2014 of alpine treks and fantastic scrambles - on trail, off-trail, or no trail. So far in 2015, while most have given up on winter because of subpar snow conditions, we continue to draw on our alpine experience and reservoir of local knowledge to seek out amazing snow trips. Our backcountry snowshoes to some of our most pristine peaks - until recently the sole preserve of ski mountaineering - are at the forefront of snowshoeing anywhere.
As a small group adventure outfit, our numbers typically range from 3 to 8. So everyone on our outings usually gets to play an integral part, and contributes meaningfully to our success.
An increasing number of alpine recreationists see continuous learning as an essential part of breaking down people’s assumptions as well as for creating best practices among participants. Our group definitely exemplifies that ethos.
Judgment, a well-rounded skill set, and high personal competence within a group context: these are what we encourage and foster in our group, with new quality individuals and veteran members alike.
While book learning and attending courses are helpful, nothing replaces experienced sets of eyes when it comes to terrain assessment, Go-No Go decision-making, risk mitigation, and team cohesion. By being part of a well-tempered, close-knit mountain family, you have ensured yourself an unbeatable start.
There will be a fair number of weekday adventures as well. If the sun is out and the sky is clear, I shall be inclined to take the day off!;-)
What if you don't have a lot of alpine and snow trip experience? Well, if you appreciate and relish the discipline andgive & take of teamwork; you enjoy and thrive on complexities and nuanced solutions; you value quality over quantity; and you prefer smaller groups to our massive local hike trains; as well, you are generally calm, methodical, positive, gritty, adventurous, young-minded; and lastly, you are fit with a high stamina, a good cardio base, and possess a superb work ethic; then, by all means, come join us!