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2013 Mountaineering Camp: Rogers Pass

June 28-July 5, 2013

2013 Mountaineering Camp

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…

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We owe a very special “Thank You” to Parks Canada for allowing us to have this amazing week in Glacier National Park.

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Vérèna:  Thanks for believing in this project!

Note:  Click on any photo below to start a full-screen slide show with captions.

VIDEOS

Note: You can raise the resolution for each of these videos to 720p or 1080p to substantially improve their image quality!

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!


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A 360 degree pan from the top of the Youngs Peak headwall as we descend back to the Asulkan Hut.


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Meredith Faulkner’s Fast & Fun Video Recap of the 2013 Mountaineering Camp:


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This is what we call “High Adventure”!


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PROUD!

A look-back at the first six months of our Scouting year….in less than four minutes:

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Welcome to 2012!

Simon & Tavish having fun working at the West Van Christmas tree lot to raise money for our group.

It’s the start of a new year and there are many fun adventures waiting for us.

Let’s remember to play safe and have fun out there!

Thanks to all our Scouts and their parents for helping out at the West Van Scouts’ Christmas tree lot during December.

I hope Santa brought everyone some excellent outdoor gear for Christmas or Hanukkah!

There’s a full moon tonight and the weather forecast is for clear skies.  This is the perfect night for our monthly night hike on Cypress!  I think I will try  out the new trekking poles Santa brought me for Christmas.

BTW…

You might notice that I’ve changed some of the formatting of our website.

I’ve made the front page a “static page” (it was originally formatted to be the blog page of the site) and I’ve also created a drop down menu for “Our Adventures” to be the new home of all of the photos and stories from our ongoing activities (i.e., I’ve formatted it to be the blog page on the site now).

By clicking on “Our Adventure Blog!” you are presented with the blog format that you are reading now of our activities from today onward.

To access last year’s posts, simply click on the first item in the drop down menu: “Archive: 2011 (Sept.-Dec.)”.   Similarly, to access the previous years’ posts, click the second item in the drop down menu: “Archive: 2010-11“.

As always, this is an ongoing  experiment to learn how to create and run a web site and blog for our group.  There’s going to be a few stumbles along the way but hopefully the end result will be a good resource for the Scouting community.

UPDATE: April 23, 2012 – I’ve now moved all of the original 2011-2012 posts over to the new Blog format so the old “Archive: 2011” item on the drop-down menu has been removed.  Accordingly, please disregard the line starting with “To access last year’s posts…” above.

The Start of a New Scouting Year and a New Scouting Group!

"The Boss"

What would the boss have done with the internet?

Well, the new scouting year has finally begun.

The 5th West Vancouver Scout Group fell dormant a number of years ago but now they’re back!

The “5th” is based in the Gleneagles/Horseshoe Bay area of West Vancouver.

At our inaugural meeting on September 13, we had a good turnout.

We currently have eight scouts: two with previous service as Scouts (a natural choice for Patrol Leaders) and six new recruits!  I expect to see a couple more new recruits attend our next meeting.  Not too bad so far.

With three leaders (two veterans and one new recruit), we’re off to a good start!

Now, to get all the registration paperwork out-of-the-way and all the boys into uniform!

There is so much to do.

Our first camp is only a few weeks away…

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