This year we held our Investiture Ceremony of our two new Scouts on the second peak of the Stawamus Chief!
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Before the two new Scouts could be called forward for investiture in our Troop, we first had to perform a ceremony with their parents.You might like this one….
We call it “Busting the Bubblewrap”.
With their sons at their sides holding the flags, I asked the parents if they were prepared for their sons to join our Troop. I told them that they would have to acknowledge their acceptance of the challenges that such membership would entail for for their boys. When they responded in the affirmative, I called upon the senior Patrol Leader to “present the bubblewrap”. He put an 8 inch square piece of bubblewrap (1 inch sized bubbles) at the feet of each parent. I then called upon the parents to “Bust the Bubblewrap” to signal their willingness for their boys to become Mountaineer Scouts. The two parents then stomped out every bubble at their feet. It was hilarious and the Scouts and parents loved it.
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Here’s the scrambling section of the Stawamus Chief hike recorded on a head-mounted GoPro camera:
And here’s some video taken from the summit of the Second Peak of the Chief with my Nikon P7700:
September 29 & 30, 2012:
For our first camp of the year we backpacked into Cheakamus Lake just south of Whistler, B.C.
The lake lies in the valley south of the Spearhead Range (including Whistler Mountain) and north of Garibaldi Provincial Park.
Park Rangers told us that there is now a resident pack of wolves up in the alpine region of Singing Pass and the Spearhead Range. One day we’ll have to head up there and maybe get to see them for ourselves.
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There’s less than 19 hours remaining on the countdown timer on the front page of our website!
This will be our third trip up to Joffre this year.
The BC Highways web camera shows plenty of new snow. Who’s getting excited?
We will be out of cell phone coverage for the weekend but we’ll post photos and stories as soon as we get back!
Last chance: Anyone else want to join us?
Mother Nature sure was busy at Joffre Lake Provincial Park since our last camp up there in November.
To see the difference in the snow level at our campsite at Lower Joffre Lake, compare the two photos below of the branchless tree stump that sits at the back of the main camping area (yeah, it’s that little knob in the foreground of the picture on the right). There was about 3-4 feet of snow on the ground in November and another 3-4 feet of fresh pow on top of that during our second trip.
Snowshoes are going to be mandatory for all our future backcountry camps.
UPDATE: Well, as of February 17, 2012…..the stump is basically covered by the accumulated snowfall:
January 10, 2012
Sometimes you have to change your plans when conditions change.
After checking the weather forecast this morning, I did just that. The forecast called for totally clear skies over the North Shore for the evening and I already knew that we had a full moon this week. That was enough to put out the call to the troop: scratch the regular meeting in the church – it’s time for our monthly night hike on Cypress!
We had perfect conditions and everyone really enjoyed our moonlit tour of Cypress. The biggest change since the last time we did this was the addition of all the night lighting and trail grooming for the cross-country skiers. We had to walk single file along the edge of the trails that we were used to being the sole users of at that time of night. Not tonight though. Dozens and dozens of skiers zoomed by us as we hiked along. Many were participating in an organized race.
We stopped at the Upper Warming Hut as usual and enjoyed a short break before heading back down the mountain into the bright lights of the Cypress Nordic Ski Area and then home.
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