The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

ACC Vancouver Island Section Climbing Camp Alava Basin - Sat, Jul 31 2010, Sun, Aug 1 2010, Mon, Aug 2 2010, Tue, Aug 3 2010, Wed, Aug 4 2010, Thu, Aug 5 2010, Fri, Aug 6 2010, Sat, Aug 7 2010

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PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
Event Type:Mountaineering
Event Location:Alava Basin NW of Gold River .
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 31 2010, Sun, Aug 1 2010, Mon, Aug 2 2010, Tue, Aug 3 2010, Wed, Aug 4 2010, Thu, Aug 5 2010, Fri, Aug 6 2010, Sat, Aug 7 2010  8:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jul 17 2010 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:8 hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Difficult
Event Leader(s): Rob Brusse
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

The Vancouver Island Section of the ACC is running 3 consective one week climbing camps (14 spaces each -many spaces booked already in each of the 3 camps) into the Tlupana Range. There will probably be some shifting of participants between weeks, so Vancouver Section members are welcome to apply to attend any of the three weeks, the dates of which are July 17-24, July 24-31, and July 31-Aug 7 "The Tlupana Range is one of the least explored and most picturesque of all alpine areas on Vancouver Island. The climbing history of the range is in its infancy with most first ascents having taken place as recently as the 1990s. There are still several summits that have no recorded ascents and the climbing potential of this area is vast. One of the Tlupana Range's most striking features is the low elevation of the tree line which in places is as low as 3,000 ft. (Note: summits are typically 4,800-5,500 ft.) This gives the mountains in the range a character expected of much higher alpine peaks. The Tlupana Range is also one of the widest areas of alpine terrain on the island spanning with its main ridge stretching over 5km in width in some places. The rugged nature of the Tlupana Range and the difficult access complicate the logistics somewhat and it is unlikely to ever become a high use area." -- Phil Stone - 'Island Alpine'.

Required Items to Bring:
What you bring: A detailed list will be circulated nearer the time, but you bring your own tent, sleeping gear, clothes, first aid kit, breakfasts & lunches, liquor and other vices.
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Camp details: The section has a Mountain Hardwear Space Station dome tent - 6m diameter, 3m height. There will be tables, chairs, cutlery, plates, etc as well as propane cookers, 2 outside biffies with bags (we fly out all waste) and a shower. You and a partner cook for 14 people on one night, and have 6 free gastronomic evenings. Day trips are organized the prior evening. Easy trips may not need a volunteer leader, but more challenging climbs and hikes will be led by one of the more experienced members attending. If you are a volunteer leader, you are encouraged to donate a couple of your days to guiding others who have less experience. There will be a sat phone for emergencies, and numerous handheld radios, so groups can call in during the day's activities.

How to Get There:
Event Directions: Alava Basin NW of Gold River - about 5-6 hours driving one-way from Victoria, 3-5 hours from Nanaimo. This spectacular and pristine area is generally regarded as the best alpine area on Vancouver Island, providing a mix of alpine hiking, peak scrambling, and rock routes, with the potential for new lines on several peaks. There is no hut, but ACC Vancouver Island section has a large mess tent for communal eating and sheltering during poor weather. Bring your own tent to sleep in

This Summer Climbing Camp is posted as a favour to the Vancouver Island Section Organizers. If you are interested or want further information regarding this camp please contact Cedric Zala,, visit the Vancouver Island Website Click their link on the left navigation bar or look for the information in the January 2010 issue of their newsletter.
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Cost Includes:participants must be ACC members, payment should be to the Vancouver Island Section see below. Cost: Covers 2-way helicopter flights, mess tent, tables, chairs and cooking equipment. Non catered, non-guided camp. $350/person. This has proven to be an extremely popular camp, so you are encouraged to contact Cedric Zala at as soon as possilble hold a place. As of Feb 14, the trip was nearly full, but a wait list will be taken. Cancellations will likely occur, particularly if we have a healthy wait list, and those on the wait list will be contacted. Section refund policy is that a 100% refund is only possible if a replacement person is found. Cancel early, and there's a good chance you'll get your money back. Cancel late, and you may lose out.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!

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