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Trip Information
Name: Wedge Mountain - Northeast Arete
Starts: Sun Jul 02, 2017
Meetup: 8am at St. Davids Church (Taylor Way and Hwy #1)
Return: Mon Jul 03, 2017

Registration opens: Sun Jun 25, 2017
Event category: Mountaineering
Difficulty grade: C4-5  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 8

Organizer: Oudina Cherfi
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

(1) What is and when was the last mountaineering route that you climbed or attempted?

(2) Can you build a haul system for crevasse rescue? Can you ascend the climbing rope following a fall into a crevasse?

(3) Can you drive to the trailhead? How many passengers (with their gear) can you take?

(4) Can you supply a tent? stove? rope? pickets?

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Participant Information

Photo showing components of Wedge Mountain

This trip is suitable for mountaineers with some previous introductory-level experience/training.

See Alpine Select route #46: "A beautiful classic of mountaineering in British Columbia. Mostly easy-angled, but very exposed, especially in the upper section where the arete peters out into a steeping open face shortly before the summit ridge".

Tentative plan is to drive to the Wedgemount Lake trailhead on Sunday morning and hike up the BC Parks trail to the lake. Possibility of staying in/near the small hut or continuing on up the Wedge Glacier to a bivy site near the Wedge-Weart col. Early start on Monday morning, climbing 350m along the magnificently exposed NE Arete to the summit ridge of Wedge Mountain. For the descent, we may reverse the route (if conditions are favourable) or come down via the West Ridge to the Wedge-Parkhurst col (less desirable).

Shared tents, stoves and ropes will be organized once the trip participants are finalized.

Each trip participant needs to provide his/her own: helmet, harness, crampons, ice axe (2nd ice tool optional), belay/rappel device, crevasse rescue gear (pulley, carabiners, sewn slings/webbing/cord), warm & weatherproof clothing, enough food and hydration to stay on the move for 8-12 hours at a time.

Please Note: Camping fees are now applicable for all camping in Garibaldi Park.

NOTES

  • please consider NOT seeking to join this trip unless you have conducted your own research into the route, and compared that with your own experience, fitness level and skill.
  • please note, for this trip, preference will be given to those with recent mountaineering experience *and* have been on a trip or course with either or both of the organizers.
  • if minimum safety levels are not met (because of weather, conditions, etc.) the trip will be cancelled, last minute cancellations do occur.
  • Please update your BCMC Account Profile with your emergency contact information. To do that you have to login on the website, click the "My account" button at top right, then click on "edit profile information", then select the "private information" tab and enter your emergency contact information -- this info will stay in your profile and is made available to a trip organizer automatically -- it saves time at the meeting point.
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