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Vicuna & Guanaco - Day Trippers only - Sat, Sep 17 2011

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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:Scramble
Event Location:Coquiihalla Pass - Coldwater River
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 17 2011  6:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Sep 15 2011 8:00:00 PM
Event Duration:8 hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Rob Brusse
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Number Registered So Far: 1 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

Itinerary:
Vicuna and Guanaco Peaks are two interesting and scenic summits in the northeastern part of the Anderson River Group, in the northern Cascade Mountains northeast of the town of Hope in southwestern British Columbia. Vicuna Peak in particular is a distinct granitic horn that is one of the higher peaks in the region. Both summits are easily accessed via a good trail leading to the col separating the two peaks, with the actual summits gained via scramble routes. The route begins by crossing the creek on the old logging road, now reverting to ATV track. The road ascends gently into an aromatic montane forest, soon crossing a small gully and entering a regenerating cutblock. At the far side of the cutblock, a sign on the uphill side of the road announces the start of actual trail. Turn uphill here, ascending steeply in forest parallel to the clearcut edge. A number of boulders dot the forest. The trail soon passes the upper limit of clearcut, with the well-defined trail continuing directly uphill into progressively smaller tree forest. A large, granitic slab soon appears above and on the right, with the trail bypassing in more forest before curving back above the upper edge of the slab. The trail continues its aggressive ascent beyond here, climbing into more subalpine forest before ultimately entering a series of cottongrass meadows. The views expand considerably here, although the muddy track requires more attention as the trail ascends moderately towards the base of the enormous slabs flanking Vicuna Peak. The trail fades somewhat through here, but the tread is well flagged, and soon moves back into the subalpine forest. The woodland is short-lived however, as the trees diminish in size and heather becomes more abundant

Required Items to Bring:
helmet, hiking poles, lunch, standard day hike kit.
Recommended Items to Bring:
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helmet, hiking poles, lunch, standard day hike kit.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Drive north from Hope on Highway 5 (Coquihalla Highway) to exit #228 and turn left at the first intersection. The road passes under the highway, then proceeds past a large highway works facility before reverting to gravel. This marks the beginning of Upper Coldwater Forest Service Road. We will meet at the First Bridge crossing the Coldwater river before convoying further to the Zum Pk recreation site. Follow the gravel forestry road as it crosses the small river and continues west towards the head of the Coldwater Valley, remaining on the more heavily used fork where branches are encountered.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Km
Carpool Departure Time: 6:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
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Notes:
Non members contact rob brusse 604-732-7730 or rbrusse1@telus.net for information.
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.


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




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