End of Summer Adventure Weekend

  • September 13, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Lets say good bye to summer with a weekend of activities, beach fires, marshmallows and board games. Head on over to the Sunshine Coast for a weekend of summer wrap up. We will have a cabin on the beach as a base camp. There are a number of adventure opportunities nearby including the ocean out front for paddling adventures, trails out back for hiking and other trails out back for mountain biking. If you drive a little bit there are some really great mountain biking trails (part of the BC Bike Race).

I will arrange an event for Saturday (kayak) and and event for Sunday (mountain bike) however you are more than welcome to do your own thing or organize other events during the same time (perhaps hiking).

About the Cabin. This is an off-grid cabin with running water, limited electricity (solar), and propane hot water (hot showers and dish washing). The bathroom is an outhouse (pit toilet). You have to hike approx 800' down a steep single track trail to get to the cabin from the parking area. Anything you want to bring with you needs to be packed in and out. Backpacks and duffels are better than suitcases.

Tentative Schedule:

Friday. Trickle in throughout the day. Tent sites will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Cabin sites are reservable. There are transit options from the ferry to the cabin, or arrange carpooling with other attendees.

Saturday. Kayaking to Buccaneer bay (Thormandby Island) with lunch at Smugglers Cove and then a return to the cabin for dinner. About 6 hours of paddling in total. 4 hours, lunch break at a pub, then 2 hours home. ** You will need to bring your own kayak or rent one from somewhere on the Sunshine Coast. Beach fires and board games will round out the day.

Sunday. Hiking trails in Halfmoon Bay. Those that have to leave early can head straight to the ferry after the hike while the rest of us return to the cabin for dinner.

Monday. Free day for those that were able to stay a little longer. Lots of excellent hiking options in the area, it's up to you. If you have to be at work on Monday you can get up at 4:30 to catch the 6:20 ferry and be in Vancouver by 7:30.

Accommodations: We have room to sleep another 6 inside, 2 sharing a queen bed and 4 in hammocks (provided). You need to bring a sleeping bag.

** UPDATE The queen bed and 3 hammocks inside are taken. I will add 6 outdoor but under cover (under the deck we have a nice space for additional hammocks near the ocean, protected from the elements). If you need me to supply a hammock it is $20 for the weekend. You still need your own sleeping bag.

There is lots of room outside for tents and hammocks. Outside tent spots are first come first serve and no charge. If you want to sleep inside the queensize bed is $50 for the weekend and the hammocks are $20.

Food: Bring your own or let us cater to you, your choice. The cabin has a BBQ, stove and running water although use of the BBQ and stove may be restricted depending on how many people opt in for the group meals. You will need a cooler for your perishables as fridge space is limited.
Group Food Option. Want to let us cater to your nutritional needs and take away the hassle of cooking, shopping and hauling groceries down the trail to the cabin at the same time? Opt in and we will feed you and clean up your dishes daily.
Optional Group Food Menu
Friday $15
- dinner - BBQ Pizza for dinner. (add your own toppings)
Saturday $25
breakfast-crock pot french toast
lunch - make your own sandwiches (material provided)
dinner - roast chicken with vegetables or bean burritos
Sunday-$25
breakfast-fried egg and hash browns
lunch - make your own sandwiches (materials provided)
dinner - chili with cornmeal biscuits or veggy lasagna
Monday - no charge
breakfast - oatmeal or left overs.
lunch - mac and cheese or left overs

Alcohol. Yes but you will need to bring your own cooler and ice if you want it cold.

Pets. We have a dog who will be with us, You can bring your dog as well but be fore-warned that our dog while amazingly great with people is not great with other dogs. As long as you are willing to keep your dog leashed and separate from the main cabin where Fergus is then everything will be cool. There are lots of areas around the cabin (decks etc) with shelter where you could kennel / leash your dog and still be nearby in between trail activities.

Ferries: At this time of the year reservations are not typically needed and you will get over without them but if you travel peak time (just after work friday or sunday afternoon) you may experience a sailing wait. You only pay to travel over to the Sunshine Coast, the trip home is no charge.http://mobile.bcferries.com/

Transit. http://www.transitbc.com/regions/sun/schedules/map.cfm?p=map.rname&&line=4

You need to get to Redroofs and Southwood Road (Station P), from here your final destination is a 400 meter walk.

Other options? Harbour Air flies from downtown to sechelt harbour for around $80 each way. 15 minute flight.

If you have a boat the cabin has a mooring buoy out front and we are about 2 hours by boat from Vancouver. The mooring is exposed and may not be suitable if the weather is blowing hard as we can get lots of driftwood during the storms.

I am sure there are things I have forgotten, post your questions, I will get to them as soon as I can. All in all it should be a fun weekend, I hope you can make it.

Swimming: We will see how warm the water stays into September but there is always the wood burning ocean side hot tub to relax in. 

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  • Mase G.

    I went there, with given directions, but didn't find the group. Hope they will be more clear next time.

    September 20, 2013

    • Murray C.

      You were either at our place or one of my neighbors but we were all out kayaking and didn't get back till about an hour after you called.

      September 21, 2013

    • Mase G.

      probably just a neighbor's then.

      September 22, 2013

  • Murray C.

    Hey everyone, thanks again for coming out, I had a great time as well. A special shout out to the three who got out onto (and even into) the water at night to experience the bioluminescence! Thanks for all the pics Marlis, I think Tim snapped a few as well. Keep an eye out for a mountain biking event before winter (if I get some biking in between now and mid October) and for sure a sunshine coast snow show event in the early part of 2014.

    September 17, 2013

    • Anne M.

      Hi Murray,

      September 17, 2013

    • Anne M.

      Sounds great!

      September 17, 2013

  • Marlis K.

    I had a fantastic time! Thank you so much for your hospitality Murray, and for the yummy food, and for the hammock that I got to sleep in the first night. Thanks for organizing!

    September 16, 2013

  • Anne M.

    Fantastic weekend. Thanks so much to Murray for being so hospitable, organizing great events, making fabulous food for us. Superb, awesome, brilliant way to end the summer.

    September 16, 2013

  • TK B.

    Very much enjoyed my first meetup of this group.

    September 16, 2013

  • coccobean

    I am coming and have room for 3 others ( 4 others but less comfortable). Is a jeep so should have room for gear. I may need to return earlier from sechelt. But likely can car pool back with someone else if needed. I will likely leave today in evening ferry. ?last Today. Let me know. My cell[masked] or email/post here.
    .

    September 13, 2013

  • Murray C.

    Cresila, Josephine and I arrived a day early. Conditions are fabulous, looks like it will be a flat water paddle saturday!

    We have alarms set for 3am so we can head out for a bioluminescent paddle.

    September 12, 2013

  • Murray C.

    If you are driving and have room for others please post your departure time, I know we had a couple hopeful carpoolers.

    September 12, 2013

  • Marlis K.

    I probably won't be able to make it for Friday evening. I will have to come Saturday morning, if that's ok. You won't have to wait for me to go kayaking, I have never done it before, so I don't think I will be able to do a 6 hour paddle. I will just meet you all back at the cabin.

    September 11, 2013

    • Murray C.

      It's ok but I think u should try for Friday even if late. It's seems like everyone is relatively new at kayaking so our focus will be more fun than gruelling distance.

      September 12, 2013

    • Marlis K.

      Ok, I'll try.

      September 12, 2013

  • Herbert

    Summer is not over yet; it is high 20's out there. Enjoy your W/E out at Sundhine coast!

    September 11, 2013

  • Mase G.

    I might join some hikes.

    September 12, 2013

  • Marlis K.

    Is someone interested in going for a hike with me on Saturday?

    September 11, 2013

  • Murray C.

    Transportation Opportunity - I will be leaving North Van (Phibbs Exchange if you arrive via bus) Friday afternoon (tentative 2pm) and returning Monday after supper. I can transport 3. Let me know if that works for you.

    1 · August 18, 2013

    • Josephine C.

      Hi Murray, Cresila and I are interested to carpool with you if there is still available space.

      September 10, 2013

    • Murray C.

      Call me[masked]

      September 10, 2013

  • Sneeky P.

    I would love to join this trip, but haven't bought a tent yet since arriving in Vancouver, anyone out there able to help me out?.. :) thnx!

    September 8, 2013

    • Murray C.

      I think there is also at least one tenter that was willing to share a tent so come on our and one way or another you will have a place to sleep

      September 8, 2013

    • TK B.

      I will be bringing a tent that can be shared too. I can even bring an extra solo tent as long as I can get it back on Sunday when I leave.

      September 8, 2013

  • Caroline

    Is anyone driving that I can travel with?

    September 6, 2013

    • Murray C.

      Caroline, if you have to opt for float plane (do it!) or bus, get to Sechelt, I'll arrange to pick you up from there, same for everyone else arriving Friday if you can't arrange carpooling. I'll be heading home Monday evening and can give 4 people a ride home then.

      September 8, 2013

  • Murray C.

    Last Update: current forecasts show stable and warm weather through most of the weekend. This bodes well and might give us a couple extra adventure options in the evening. Bioluminescence: it is still very visible and the water temp is still at least 19 so I have to figure your in for a treat next week as long as the evenings stay calm. Best ways to experience the effect is swimming or paddling.
    ** if you are bringing your own kayak or if you take a full day rental from halfmoon bay and pick up your boat Friday night (you can also have them deliver it to the cabin on Friday) we might have an opportunity for a night paddle on Friday night. (About 1.5 hours, short but spectacular if the bioluminescence cooperates)
    ** let me know via reply to this thread if you are interested in the night paddle and we will figure the best way to get your kayak down to our beach.

    If you don't want to come on a night paddle then steel yourself for a night swim. Yes, it will be worth it! Bring ware shoes or sandals as the beac

    September 8, 2013

  • Marlis K.

    Since I have never kayaked before, I am wondering if anyone would be interested in going on a hike with me instead.

    September 2, 2013

    • Marlis K.

      No, I don't have a car. Unless someone with one will come hiking with us, we will have to do a hike in the area. I will do some research, unless you know a good one.

      September 3, 2013

    • Mase G.

      the bus might take us close . we can hike the rest of it.

      September 6, 2013

  • Josephine C.

    Hi Murray,
    Cresila and I had planned to tent but if there is any availabe bed we would like to reserve that please. Thank you.
    Josephine

    September 4, 2013

  • E!uria

    Sorry, I won't be able to join this time. Enjoy a lovely trip to Sechlet!

    September 4, 2013

  • Eve M.

    Will be doing a volunteer shift at the fringe fest so will not be able to join you folks

    September 4, 2013

  • sandi

    with regret, i must bow out.

    September 3, 2013

  • Anne M.

    Hi Murray,

    Which one of the two kayak offices should we rent from. Will we drive there from the cabin? Maureen and I want to do the kayaking trip.
    Thanks,
    Anne

    July 26, 2013

    • Mase G.

      Hi is there carpooling to the cabin or is it accesible by transit?

      September 3, 2013

    • Murray C.

      Transit is an option, read above and you will find a link to the transit directions in the event description.

      September 3, 2013

  • Steve

    Was really looking forward to this, but our school is getting inspected in early Oct., so I probably should be spending time getting ready for this.

    August 28, 2013

  • Chris

    Long time no see Murray ! Wish I could join you guys but I will be out of town

    August 25, 2013

    • Murray C.

      Hey that's unfortunate Chris, keep in touch we will see you out there another time!

      August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Murray, I'm sorry but I have to cancel. Other commitments forced themselves on me. I was very much looking forward to this trip. I'll try next year hopefully.

    August 26, 2013

    • Murray C.

      Too bad Amir! I will also host some cool winter activities out of this location and am building a bunk house to get people out of tents and under a dry room so stay tuned!

      1 · August 28, 2013

  • Mariposa

    Sorry guys, I'll be in NYC for a conference for work, so sadly I'll have to cancel this amazing meetup. Have fun!! Murray, I hope to join the future ones.

    August 24, 2013

    • Murray C.

      Oh no! Well, there will be others and NYC isn't such a bad place to visit for a change of scene, have fun!

      August 24, 2013

  • Mariposa

    Transportation wise, I plan to arrive Friday evening and leave early Monday morning. Is anybody thinking along the same lines? Someone could drive me to the ferry but may have to take transit on the way to the cabin -- unless someone offers me a ride (I'll help pay for fuel, of course). If someone will be ferrying + bussing to the cabin on Friday, you're welcome to join me if you want. OR, if you can offer me a ride to the cabin, I'll gladly pay for fuel. Thanks!

    August 18, 2013

    • Marlis K.

      Yes, I'm coming on friday evening, but I don't know the exact time yet, because I am going to be starting a new job and don't know about my working hours yet.

      August 18, 2013

    • Mariposa

      No worries. Just keep in touch closer to the date. Cheers.

      August 19, 2013

  • Naima

    I wish it was in August

    August 19, 2013

  • Mariposa

    Hi Murray, when I registered I indicated a preference for the cabin. Just wondering what happened, accommodation wise? If I need to bring a tent, I need to know that. I haven't received any confirmation.

    August 18, 2013

    • Mariposa

      And sorry Murray if you already addressed this q'n somewhere... I'm only beginning to seriously think abd organize!

      August 18, 2013

    • Murray C.

      No worries, like you I am also now just beginning to get organized. I'll work through the list of everyone interested in group food and interior cabin spots and get back to you all with what is taken and what is available. I know the bed is spoken for (a few we're interested) and I think there might be one hammock left depending on weather or not some of the people who wanted the bed take a hammock as second choice or instead opt for camping. I'll let you all know this week.

      1 · August 18, 2013

  • Murray C.

    Re swimming... you should definitely bring a swim suit. If the water stays warm (currently 23 C and filled with phosphorescent plankton that glow in the dark if you swim or paddle through them) it is a refreshing way to finish the day but even if it is damp and cool there is a wood burning ocean side hot tub to warm your spirit. See the picture above.

    1 · August 12, 2013

    • Anne M.

      Sounds fabulous.

      August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm really sorry, something has come up and I won't be able to make it now! :( I hope you all have a great time!

    August 8, 2013

    • Murray C.

      Too bad Gena, it is going to be excellent, you will have to join us another time. I am planning to post a winter snowshoe event out this way this winter.

      August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning to take the kayaking course on Saturday, August 24, which is my only free weekend before September. I have no idea where; any recommendations would be appreciated. And if there is anybody else who wants to take the course and share the experience, give me a shout. Cheers.

    August 2, 2013

    • Mariposa

      I might join you. I'm thinking Jericho Beach or Granville Island; there's a shop that offers classes on both locations. Anybody else from this trip who might join? If we could learn/review together, would be great.

      August 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would like to do a course as well, but i can`t do that day you suggested Amir. Let me know where you end up taking the course. Thanks!

      August 6, 2013

  • Marlis K.

    Is it possible for me to either meet up with the group at the cabin either sometime friday evening depending on the transit schedule, or saturday morning?

    August 5, 2013

  • Mariposa

    Hi, are there people who are interested in joining this trip but maybe not necessarily up for the intermediate-level kayak and/or the mountain biking? Maybe something more beginner friendly?

    July 26, 2013

    • Mariposa

      That's terrific (for me, anyway ;) ), thanks Murray! I'm looking fwd to this trip.

      July 26, 2013

    • Murray C.

      The kayaking will be weather dependent but it is a great area and highly recommended that you attend if you can. A basic kayak course as a prerequisite gives me the assurance that you will likely be comfortable with the trip. They are not expensive and kayaking is a low impact activity you will be able to do for a long time. Take a course and join us, it will be worth it!!

      July 28, 2013

  • Murray C.

    Kayaking. This is an approx 6 hour day trip, you should not be a novice kayaker although relatively new is fine. Please complete a basic kayak course or equivalent experience (paddle float self rescue re-entry skills as a minimum).

    You have lots of time between now and september to get a course under your belt. **If you want to rent a double there is at least one other interested, post your interest in these comments (preferably as a reply to this thread to keep all the kayaking comments together) and we will see if we can match you up with a partner.

    July 24, 2013

    • Murray C.

      Kayaks are available from http://www.halfmoonse...­, we will launch from and return to their beach, you will need an 8 hour rental.

      July 26, 2013

    • Murray C.

      We will drive to and depart from the Halfmoon Bay location. From here our plan will be to circumnavigate Thormandby Island with stops at Buccaneer Bay, Secret Cove and some exploration of smugglers cove if time allows.

      July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would be interested, but would need to carpool. Any offers of a lift from Vancouver?

    July 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Murray, if transit was taken into Sechelt, I guess it's too far to walk from there to the cabin?

      July 25, 2013

    • Murray C.

      Transit goes right past the cabin so its not too far at all!

      1 · July 26, 2013

  • Mariposa

    Is anybody planning to arrive on Sat morning instead of Fri? Can I ask for a lift; will help pay for fuel. Thank you!

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to carpool w/someone from d/t or the west side. :)

    July 25, 2013

    • Mariposa

      Would like a carpool too. Nikki, if there are no offers and you opt to take the transit, I might go with you.

      July 25, 2013

  • mary

    Interested in kayaking and hiking. Have tent to share. Would appreciate a ride from vancouver.

    July 25, 2013

  • Anne M.

    I would like to get a ride with someone please. Will contribute towards gas and ferry trip.
    Many thanks,
    Anne

    July 25, 2013

  • Murray C.

    Tenting. We have quite a few people interested in tenting. I will ask if you are willing to share a tent with 1 or more others. We have a number of tent platforms and locations in the area but not unlimited. We can probably accommodate 5 or 6 tents, after that it will be crowded so a little tent sharing would be helpful if we get to that.

    July 24, 2013

  • Murray C.

    Hiking. At this point there is more interest in hiking than biking, if this trend continues I might swap the Sunday activity to hiking. Either way I think we will drop the cars and explore the trials nearby rather than driving to trails further away. Here is a link. http://www.sunshine-coast-trails.com/halfmoon-bay.html

    July 24, 2013

  • Murray C.

    Parking at the top of the hill will accommodate about 6 cars if we block in the first 5 arrivals. This means that once you arrive it is best if you don't plan on heading back out unless it is for the group ride. I will not be planning to use my car until Sunday. Best plan is to bring what you need to be self contained for the 4 days or participate in the group menu.

    July 24, 2013

  • Murray C.

    Regarding food, I am not going to collect money for the food until closer to the event so take your time and think about it. I will let you know when it is time to decide. We are not running a catering business but at the same time don't want to pay out of pocket to feed 20 people for 4 days. The food budget will offset the costs and time we put into hauling groceries down, cooking and cleaning. If you choose to cook your own food you should plan on being self sufficient with stove and pots. We will have extras at the cabin but perhaps not enough to accommodate everyone at once and will make the group food prep a priority over the individual cooks. The group menu will simplify food prep considerably, the cabin's location makes stopping at a pub for dinner complicated as you would have to hike up the hill and then drive 15 minutes to get to one. Not impossible but also not convenient.

    July 24, 2013

  • Murray C.

    Regarding accommodations - The queen bed and two hammocks are already booked. I will send invoices for those reservations shortly, they are not booked until you have them paid for. If the hammocks go quickly I may purchase a few more for use outside but underneath the upper deck. This is a great area, protected from the elements but close to the ocean. If I get creative I can probably accommodate another 6 people in this fashion. Ill book those at $25 each to offset the cost of purchasing another 6 hammocks but if you have your own hammock you can set it up down there for free as an alternative to a tent. (mosquito net recommended although by September the bug season is almost over).

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just saw you had explained all my questions in the trip schedule. Please ignore the qustions.

    July 24, 2013

    • Murray C.

      No worries Amir. The cabin is a great spot to hang out so after the ride we will head back to the cabin to relax and socialize rather than head to a pub. For the kayak we will stop at a pub as part of the journey, both as a break and as a food stop. I have added a few more details about the cabin, in particular its remoteness (not too remote but you can't drive right up to it either).

      July 24, 2013

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