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December 8-9, 2012
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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:
October 19-21, 2012:
We hiked 7.5 kms. (3,500 ft. elevation gain) up into the alpine region of Garibaldi Provincial Park (Taylor Meadows Campground, 5,250 ft.) on Friday in the late autumn sunshine.
Just as we were getting ready to go to bed on Friday night the first snow flakes of the year began to fall.
We woke up to discover that over four inches of powder snow had accumulated on our tents.
Here’s the story of our weekend attempt to climb Black Tusk and practice glacial travel on Helm Glacier.
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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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August 8 & 9, 2012
On August 8th, our group was invited for a private tour of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Comox.
On August 9th we were again guests of CFB Comox for the Change of Command Ceremony for 407 Long Range Patrol (“Demon”) Squadron (Canada’s top anti-submarine warfare squadron):
During the tour, we spent over an hour inside a CP-140 Aurora (there are no photos from most of the tour itself due
to security restrictions – photography is forbidden on the flight line):
Also stationed at CFB Comox is 442 Search & Rescue Squadron:
Here are some of the highlights of this special event:
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“Sharpening The Saw”
Leaders Need to Have Some Fun Too! – July 29-August 4, 2012:
A week ago, I attended the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section’s trip to Rogers Pass & the Bugaboos for some hiking, scrambling and climbing. Here are some of the highlights from that trip:
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A shakey cam 360 view of the area surrounding the ACC’s Asulkan Hut located at 6,900 feet at the south end of Rogers Pass, B.C.
A shakey cam 360 of the Bugaboos taken from near the top of Eastpost Spire.
The B.C. Ambulance Service airlifted one of our team-mates out of the Bugaboos (from the landing pad beside the Conrad Kain Hut) after she was stricken with a perforated appendix (she collapsed with crippling abdominal pains just before dinner after suffering stomach flu-like symptoms for 24 hours).
We held our year-end BBQ at Whytecliff Park and got our first try at climbing at our new home crag (only about a kilometre from our meeting hall). We dubbed the crag the “Royal Flush” (i.e., “WC” for Whytecliff and the bottom is a bowl that partially fills and empties with water during the day). The Scouts have come a long way since their first try at rock climbing a few weeks ago!
Special thanks to Scout Mom, Helen, for organizing the BBQ party!
On behalf of myself and all of the Scouts, I say, “Thank You” to all of the parents for having the courage to let us have such a wonderful first year adventure as “Mountaineer Scouts”!
Now… what should we plan for next year and how are we going to top this year? Well, I might just have a few ideas……
Leaders Need to Sharpen Their Skillz Too! (Part 2*)
Scouter Jody first learned his mountaineering skills during the Ford and Carter administrations. Suffice to say, retraining was high on his list of priorities for the year!
Accordingly, he applied for and was accepted into the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section’s coveted annual Basic Mountaineering (BM1) training program:
Weekend 1 – May 26-27….Rock Climbing at Smoke Bluffs, Squamish.
Weekend 2 – June 2-3……Glacier Travel and Safety on Mount Seymour, North Vancouver.
Weekend 3 – June 9-10….Climb Mt. Matier (9,131 ft/2,783 m), Joffre Lakes Provincial Park (40 km. NE of Pemberton).
Here are some of photos and stories from the course’s final challenge – climb Mt. Matier:
*See this link for Part 1.