The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section
Tue, Jul 31 2012 - Crown Mountain Hike/Scramble (View Original Event Details)

Event Leader(s): Gillian M. Palejko
Participants:Gillian M. Palejko, Chloe Tergiman, Pauline Joly de Lotbiniere, John Lord, Ian Ezzi, Rob Kay

Write Up:
Five ACC members: Chloe Tergiman, Pauline Joly Lotbiniere, Rob Kay, John Lord's first trip with the club, and myself. Ian Ezzi the one guest had arrived here a couple of days earlier from Scotland to start a new job. I just know he will be joining as a member. Welcome to the new comers. We hiked up the BCMC trail to the chalet and set out from the chalet at 9.15 AM, on the old trail to the Goat Mtn./Crown Mtn.junction we were equipped variously with ices axes or hiking poles but did not take our helmets. We encountered some snowy pockets up to that point. The descent to Crown pass is varously rocky, rooty and muddy and the chains are still in position to aid. The trees and foliage is abundant but wild life rather scarce. After passing the Hanes Creek crossover junction, where the views up and down are fairly precipitous, the trail ascends more steeply winding up through the trees and out on rocks and boulders where markers and cairns are visible but watch carefully. Overcast sky allowed only intermittent visibility of the surrounding peaks. Approaching the peak the rocks become steeper and sharper necessitating an easy but pleasant scramble. It took about 2 1/4hours from the chalet to the peak with a few breaks to determine the correct route and re-group. At the peak 1510 metres we hung out on the Steeply sloping rocks for 45 minutes to eat lunch, socialize and watch the clouds drifting around allowing limited vues around us of Camel, Goat and Coliseum mountains but only the occasional glimpse of Vancouver. On a clear day the views are really spectacular. It was warm and humid without wind so the clouds allowed us shade from the sun which was welcome. We descended to Crown Pass and back up the 250 or more metres to the Goat/Crown Junction in good fettle. The group was congenial to say the least and compatible for the demand of the trip. We arrived back at the Grouse Chalet at 3.00pm. Round trip was 7 1/2 hours including breaks. Thank you all. Gillian Palejko

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