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Name: Bagger: Gambier (5 peaks)
Starts: Sat May 14, 2016
Meetup: St David's Church, 7:45AM
Return: Sun May 15, 2016

Registration opens: Wed Apr 27, 2016
Event category: Hiking
Difficulty grade: C3  [?]
For members only: No
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 8

Organizer: Bill Maurer
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Participant Information

This is the second trip in the Bagger series and is the only one that involves a bivvy. We'll be taking a Cormorant Water taxi from the public dock next to Sewell's Marina in Horseshoe Bay to Camp Fircom on the SE tip of the island. Cost is $25pp. On Saturdays they typically leave at 8:45 and get to Fircom by 9:30. On Saturday we'll cross the island hiking over Mt Artaban, Burt's Bluff, Mt Gambier, and Mt Liddell. We'll bivvy in the valley at the base of Liddell. On Sunday morning we'll leave our bivvy location at 6:00AM, hike up Mt Killam, and then head down to New Brighton where we'll catch the 10:00AM Stormaway Ferry $7.50pp to Langdale and then get a free ride back to Horseshoe Bay on the Langdale Ferry. Expected arrival time in Horseshoe Bay is 11:00am.

This is a fastpacking trip which means nothing bigger than a 25l pack and lightweight. No stove or cooking gear, a lightweight 0C bag and bivvy sack or inner tent wo poles or fly. Wear running shoes or light hikers that you can run in if required. The only reason this trip is overnight is because the last Stormaway sailing is at 6:30pm and we can't get there on time. 

**Note**: There is a considerable amount of bushwacking along this route. We connect with many trails but there are sections with no trails at all.

  Day 1 Day 2 Total
Distance 19.5km 8.0km 27.5km
Time 12:00 3:30 15:30
Gain 2145m 513m 2658m

You don't have to be a runner to join this event but you do have to be fit. We will be moving at a fast pace.

Background: The Bagger Challenge

The challenge was started in 2009 by a small group of ultra runners in Club Fat Ass. Of course, we all know that mountaineers have an advantage at this sort of thing so I've been enjoying giving them a run for their money since 2011. How many of the 66 peaks can you climb in one season? Get to know the North Shore like you've never known it before! Sometimes we run but mostly we hike and scramble.

The challenge has an early season that runs from March 19th to June 24th when only a subset of the peaks are available. Runners don't do well on snow so these are the more accessible peaks. The main season goes from June 25th to Oct 28th when everything on the list is eligible.

The official facebook group and leader board that shows the current standings as well as the complete peak list and various stories of loss, suffering, and adventure is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/baggerchallenge/ . As you climb peaks you add yourself as well as the initials of the peak you've climbed to the leader board. You have to update the leader board within 3 days of climbing a peak, no sandbagging! :-) There is no requirement to be an official bagger challenge participant to join this event but it is a free competition.

I'll be posting a number of challenge trips this season.

Bring your lightweight hikers and gear. It's not too critical on this one but generally the lighter you are, the faster you are. Here's my streamlined bagger kit which I use in the main season: http://millsoft.ca/maurer/BaggersGuide/kit/. In the pre-season I will occasionally bring my 25l pack with additional gear as required.


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