June 28-July 5, 2013
10 youth: Half guys; half gals – Half Scouts; half Venturers – Ages 11-18.
One week at the Alpine Club of Canada’s Asulkan Hut (7,000′) in Rogers Pass, Glacier National Park, B.C.
Three days of mountaineering training then……climb Youngs Peak (9,341’/2,847 m)!
This is their week in pictures…
We owe a very special “Thank You” to Parks Canada for allowing us to have this amazing week in Glacier National Park.
Vérèna: Thanks for believing in this project!
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BiPoLar AdRenaLine Edition
If you want to see all those photos (and more) blasted past your eyes to the tune of some rocking music, then give this video a try:
Here Comes Dinner!
Note: The Scouts didn’t know that the helicopter was bringing them fresh, hot pizza for dinner.
We had only arrived at the high camp a few minutes earlier after a challenging hike up the mountain. I love it when a plan comes together!
A 360 degree pan from the top of the Youngs Peak headwall as we descend back to the Asulkan Hut.
Meredith Faulkner’s Fast & Fun Video Recap of the 2013 Mountaineering Camp:
This is what we call “High Adventure”!
February 26, 2013
The Mountaineer Scouts were guests of the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section, at their monthly social on Tuesday night. The special guest speaker was the legendary Fred Beckey. Fred captivated the audience during a two hour slide and film retrospective of his over 70 years of climbing in North America. Fred turned 90 a few weeks ago. He says he’s on his way to Red Rocks, Nevada, for some rock climbing this spring and has plans for another trip to the Bugaboos this summer.
Here’s the ACC’s write up of him for this event:
“Fred Beckey will present highlights from his climbing adventures and first ascents. If you look in guide books for Mt. McKinley, Mt. Hunter, Mt. Deborah, Mt. Waddington, The Canadian Rockies, The Bugaboos, The Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, Wind River Range, Desert Tower, Squamish, Mexico (etc, etc…) chances are you’ll see Fred Beckey listed, often as the first person to ascend a particular mountain or route. It’s also likely he’s written the book. Whether you are a mountaineer or a rock climber, Fred’s got something to say of interest to you. And if you’re going climbing, there’s a good chance he’ll hitch a ride to the crag, the mountain or the ice. On January 14th, at least according to a couple of websites, he turned 90. Come out and wish him a belated Happy Birthday!”
Note: Fred mentioned that he was first introduced to the mountains as a Boy Scout (that would have been during the 1930s).
It was a late night for the Scouts but this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet a living legend:
“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).
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.
Leaders Need To Sharpen Their Skillz Too!
I attended the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section’s “top rope” rock climbing “anchor building” course (including advanced instruction on belaying & rappelling techniques), Saturday and Sunday, April 28 & 29, 2012, at Smoke Bluffs Climbing Park in Squamish, B.C. Now that the snow is gone…expect to see our Scouts stylin’ climbing helmets soon!