Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bagging Brandywine

As much as I like doing solo trips or trips with a small group where we can get somewhere far and fast, my favourite time in the mountains is by far when we get a great big group of people together. It all lined up on a sunny day in October for a group hike. We had aimed to go for a stroll in Tricouni meadows south however the bridge over the Cheakamus River was being worked on so we were forced to our backup of brandywine meadows. We drove the Delica, with seven people in it, all the way up to the Snowmobile Cabin, I was proud.

We walked through the meadows, it felt a little bit like we were a dog walking group with the four dogs we had there. Our goal was to make the nearest ridge top so that everyone could get a good view. The snow started around 1700m from the October storm that we had.  A few people turned back after a snack on some boulders part way up. Instead of taking the normal route up we decided to scale a small steep and slippery gully, my 4 months pregnant wife included. Sarah, Martha and Cassie had enough when the outing changed from hiking to Arctic exploring at the ridge top. A few of us continued to the short non technical climb to the summit. Great day!

Dogs and people, but mostly dogs

up through the meadows
Black Tusk 

Andrew, Cassie and Rocks
Monsieur Huck in his element

Brother and Sister and Dog
The Crew!
Top of  what we will call the "Second Trimester Gully"

Summit in style

Whistler in the background
Thats about right. 

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