Disclaimer: we are not mountain guides or mountain experts. Before anyone comes they must, do their own research, understanding the route, have the right gear, and make sure they are comfortable getting up and down on their own.
Let's bring equal parts Stoke + Safety and make this event something that the country will never forget. This day is going to be incredible, and It could not happen without you.
Hundreds standing on the top of the world, anticipating sunrise after an hour long hike up Mount Seymour.
The silence of the morning surrounding them.
Then from the back, as the sun begins to crest, a voice begins to sing out "O' Canada..." and within seconds, it is echoed by all around her, joining in to kick Canada Day off like it's never been done before!
Their passion, their pride, their appreciation for what this country has given us travelling down from the mountains across the Vancouver landscape...
This is going to be a Canada Day no one will ever forget!
Let's do this!
Sign-up and release form at the bottom.
Take a read through all the details before you sign-up.
When: Friday, July 1st, 2016
Time: Meeting in the parking at 2:00AM. Taking off from the lot at 3:15AM sharp.
Where: Main Mount Seymour Day Parking Lot#4 (1700 Mt Seymour Rd, North Vancouver BC), The lot is located at the top of, and very end of Mount Seymour Road. Follow it all the way up.
Trail: We will be summiting First Peak up Mount Seymour.
The hike is intermediate difficulty, about 4.4km each way with 400M of vertical.
You can check out the details of it here. The link is for Third Peak and we will only be going to First Peak (the 7th dot), so it is about 3/4 of what they say there.
Sunrise: 5:10AM. We plan on summiting no later than 5:00AM.
Emergency Contact/Questions: If you have trouble finding the spot, any questions or cannot make it last minute, contact Julian at 604-307-7816! If you have questions, look for the guys/girls with the glowing red arm bands in the parking lot!
STAGES + ROLES
Stage 1: Parking Lot
Goal is 100% waiver coverage for anyone who comes, tank distribution, socializing, and rad times.
- Waivers: Check to see if they have their confirmation email. If not, ask them to step aside and sign up online! (there should be service there)
- Shirts: Distribute Canada Day tanks to guests. We will have a station, a list, and square payment readers
- Mingle / Float: Make sure people are having a good time and cross-pollinating!
- Shoot: Photographers and videographers… do your thing
Stage 2: The Hike
Goal is to keep people safe and on the trail (you would be surprised!). Also spaced & moving smoothly (there can be log jams), keeping stoke high - playing music and having fun if the trails get backed up!
- Pre-Pack: Will leave 30 minutes before everyone else (2:45am), set markers, then wait part way up the trail to direct traffic at key areas and junctions: Elsay Lake junction, approaching first peak,
- Lead Pack: Set the pace for the fit hikers! Try not to let people pass.
- Mid Pack: Above average pace: this will be the major area, and keeping people spread out is key
- Back Pack ;): The rear majority, make sure these people know where to go and are OK
- Sweepers: No one is left behind! If people can’t make it all the way up, take them to the secondary lookout just after Brockton chair for sunrise.
Stage 3: Peak:
Our goal is to have people organize AWAY from the main peak to keep numbers down up there until the group photo + group O’canada. This comes down to safety, and comfort. That many people crammed into a small space can get nerves up. There will be 4 major areas:
- Main Peak: “First Peak” of Mt. Seymour. With too many people, it can be dangerous, keep them spaced out and keep an eye on the lower shelves
- North Peak: The area North East of the main peak. It’s a wide open area below to the left when looking at sunrise with a great view
- South Peak 1: The closest secondary peak in-between East Vancouver and First Peak - to the right when looking at sunrise from the main peak
- South Peak 2: Just a bit farther south-east (or to the right) from main South Peak 1, towards Burnaby
Stage 4: Up-Top
- Coffee + Pie: There won’t be enough for everyone, but we hope to serve some people, and keep tidy
- Safety: Our main job - Keeping an eye on the numbers and areas, asking people to kindly move to keep the space
- Garbage: There will be garbage bags around. Ensure people are aware of them, and actually putting their trash in them. It’s a privilege to live where we do, so let’s leave it cleaner than we found it.
Stage 5: The Descent
- Garbage: Assist in packing garbage down. We want to encourage others to help keep it spotless
- Heading Down: Feel free to leave at any time after O'Canada has been sung and the photo taken
Who is in charge: The main CS Crew will be consisting of Gordon, Julian, Ally, and Taylor for this event.
What is expected of you: Throwing events like this need help and that’s where you come in. You’ll be expected to fulfil your assigned role to the best of your ability, but at the same time, don’t forget to enjoy yourself. If you aren’t comfortable with any of your assigned duties, let one of the CS Crew know and we will be happy to mix things up.
What to do in an emergency: Assess the situation. If you believe the situation is beyond your abilities or you are not comfortable assisting, get in contact with one of the main CS Crew, and we will be able to advise how to handle the situation. Safety of the guest, as well as your own safety, is of the utmost importance to us
Who is the central contact: Taylor will be the main contact leading volunteer and guest operations throughout the event. When in doubt, get in touch with one of the CS Crew and they can put you in touch with Taylor, or answer any questions that you may have throughout the event.
What to do if somebody gets lost: Two situations here. If you find somebody who is having trouble navigating, assist them in finding the way as best possible. If you hear of somebody lost, do not go searching for them. Contact the CS Crew and we will advise on how best to handle the situation. We don’t want a scenario where one person goes on a wild goose hunt for another. Let’s keep each other safe out there.
What are the contact numbers: There will be service throughout the hike, though there are some dead spots. The CS Crew will be using both cell phones and 2-way radios to communicate during the event. If you are not around one of them they can be reached as follows:
|Canada Day Crew||First Aid||Parking Lot||Hike||Ascent||Peak||Up Top|
|Derek Pitts||Playing||Floating||Guiding||Main||Playing (TBD)|
|Keifer Irvine||Shooting||Shooting||Shooting||South 2/Float||Shooting|
|Ellyn D'Uva||Pre-Pack||Pre||Guiding||South 2||Safety|
|Alisha Cowdery||FA+Kit||Shirts||Back||Music||South 2||Pie|
|Heather Bell||Waivers||Lead||Guiding||South 1||Pie|
|Jessica Reid||FA+Kit||Waivers||Lead||Guiding||South 1||Pie|
|12:30 PM||Heather Bell - Start Driving (You are a machine!)|
|1:00 AM||Wake Up|
|1:15 AM||Shower / Eat / Pack|
|1:30 AM||Leave for Seymour|
|2:00 AM||Arrive At Seymour|
|2:15 AM||- Set up shirt sales / distribution- Mingle- Spread across parking lot for Waivers|
Hiking Head Pack, Lead Pack, Mid Pack, Back Pack, Sweepers
Peak- Disperse people if jammed
- Float around your peaks- Serve Coffee / Pie / Fresh Fruit
- Energy high :)
|5:15 AM||Sunrise - Official time 5:11am|
|5:30 AM||Group O'Canada|
|5:45 AM||Group Photo|
|6:00 AM||Banner and indiv. photos etc|
Descent- Hike down / float
Coffee and Chill- Grab Breakfast Together, Nap, Whatever you want!
|11:30 AM||Nap so hard|
WHAT TO WEAR
It's Canada Day and we are wearing our nation's colours loud! Red, white and Canadian. Hockey jerseys, hockey sticks for hiking poles, red and white shirts, massive flags, you name it! We want it to look like the 2010 Gold Medal Hockey Game came to Mount Seymour!
WE WILL ALSO HAVE A TANK FOR YOU, on us, as a very small token of our thanks and love for you and your help in making this morning amazing.
(We may not have sizes just right, as we had to guess!)
We don't formally organize rides, but if you have rides to offer or are looking for one, post up in the Chasecamp group or check out the CS x Vancouver group and share the love!
WHAT TO EXPECT
- We will be hiking in the dark on the way up there. Bring a flashlights/headlamp to light your way (mandatory).
- The hike is intermediate difficulty, about 4.4km round trip with 400m of elevation gain.
- This is a busy event, so expect there to be a large number of people on the trail, and hiking to be slower than normal. If this isn't your thing, we recommend Chasing Sunrise on a different mountain.
- There will be some sections with loose rocks and snowy conditions. Be careful of where you are stepping.
- Know the route and research what to expect (trail conditions, weather, etc). This is NOT a guided hike.
- Find a hiking buddy and stick together at all times.
- Assess your own ability, know the route, the conditions and make sure you are adequately prepared.
- Use the hashtag #ChasingSunrise and tag @ChasingSunrise on Instagram and Facebook. We love seeing your photos.
CODE OF CONDUCT
This community has been built on the strong values of respect, care, and responsibility for people and the areas we interact with. Ignorant, disrespectful, or damaging behaviour isn’t tolerated.
We’re all in this one together, so please, don't be that person. We have some simple rules we live by up there:
LEAVE NO TRACE
- Follow the trail
- Leave no garbage and pick-up anything you see that shouldn’t be there and respect
- Care for the wild as if it was your own – because it is.
- We are stepping into the wilderness, so getting everyone up and down safely is priority one and the responsibility of all of us.
- Understand where you are going, what you are doing, what the trail conditions are like, and who you are going with.
- Give people space up there, stay away from cliff edges, and don't go near the edge of snowbanks - they collapse.
- If you have questions, ask. If you see something that’s not quite right or feel unsafe at anytime, let the people around you know ASAP.
- Don’t do anything that puts you or other people at risk and if you have to question it, you probably shouldn't do it.
RESPECT & RESPONSIBILITY
- Act with respect and courtesy for all those around you.
- Bring good vibes only.
- Be responsible for your actions. Know the impact they have on others and be a damn good human.
- A headlamp or flashlight. We will be hiking in the dark, so this is a non-negotiable.
- Hiking boots/shoes adequate for snow, dirt, mud, rocky, and wet conditions. #NoNikes
- Red and white!
Don't have it? Head over to the closest Mountain Equipment Co-op and pick it up!
OTHER RECOMMENDED GEAR
- Dress very warm, but in layers. You'll work up a good sweat on the way up, but stopping for the 30-45 minutes at the top to watch sunrise can get cold. We recommend bringing more than you think is necessary/taking it off as needed.
- A mug for coffee - we try and limit waste and garbage up there, so if possible, bring your own.
- A shell to block out the wind.
- A pair of gloves to keep your hands toasty.
- An extra pair of warm socks. There are some muddy/watery sections and wet feet make for a miserable morning.
- Hiking poles.
- Bug spray.
- Food, snacks and coffee to enjoy and share.
- Whatever else you deem necessary to hike/climb up and down a mountain such as Mount Seymour.
FAQ & OTHER
Do I have to sign-up? Yes, to attend, sign-up is mandatory. We require sign-up for a few reason: 1) to get a handle on how many people are coming up, 2) so we can provide updates if necessary, and, most importantly 3) to make sure that everyone understands the risks of the event, what is involved, and the rights they are waiving by attending.
Does it cost anything? Nothing. The only thing that is required is signing up.
SIGN-UP & LIABILITY RELEASE
VOLUNTARY ASSUMPTION OF RISK, WAIVER OF LIABILITY, AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT
CHASING SUNRISE EVENT 2016 – MOUNT SEYMOUR, BC
PARTICIPANTS: READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING. THIS DOCUMENT HAS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES AND WILL AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND WILL LIMIT YOUR ABILITY TO BRING FUTURE LEGAL ACTIONS.
NOTE TO MINORS: IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18, YOU MAY ONLY ATTEND THE CHASING SUNRISE EVENT ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. YOU ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN HAS REVIEWED, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREED TO THE TERMS BELOW.
NOTE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF MINORS: YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE REVIEWED, UNDERSTOOD AND AGREED TO THE TERMS BELOW (SUCH TERMS BEING INTERPRETED AS IF THEY APPLIED TO BOTH YOU AND YOUR MINOR CHILD/WARD) AND HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT ON BEHALF OF YOUR MINOR CHILD/WARD.
Released Parties include CHASING SUNRISE INC. and its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, insurers, spectators, co-participants, equipment suppliers, and volunteers; VENUE and its directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, insurers, equipment suppliers, and volunteers; all CHASING SUNRISE INC. event sponsors, organizers, promoters, directors, officials, property owners, and advertisers; governmental bodies and/or municipal agencies whose property and/or personnel are used; and any or all parent, subsidiary or affiliate companies, licensees, officers, directors, partners, board members, supervisors, insurers, agents, equipment suppliers, and representatives of any of the foregoing.
Releasing Parties include: the participant (and/or my participating minor child/ward) as well as participant’s (and/or my participating minor child/ward’s) spouse, children, parents, guardians, heirs, next of kin, and any legal or personal representatives, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, or anyone else who might claim or sue on participant’s (and/or my participating minor child/ward’s) behalf.
Voluntary Assumption of Inherent Risks: The Chasing Sunrise Event (hereafter referred to as the CS Event) is meant to be a fun personal test of strength, stamina, and mental grit that takes place in one place in one day. The objective is to hike a mountain for sunrise. The hike will not be guided and Chasing Sunrise Inc. acts only to bring a group of like minded individuals together. In summation, the CS Event is a group hike that presents a physical and mental challenge to participants.
I acknowledge that the CS Event is a test of my (and/or my participating minor child/ward’s) physical and mental abilities that carries with it inherent risks of physical injury. Inherent risks are risks that cannot be eliminated completely, regardless of the care and precautions taken by Chasing Sunrise Inc. (hereafter used when referring to the corporate entity and Released Parties).
I understand and acknowledge that the inherent risks include, but are not limited to: 1) contact or collision with persons or objects, contact with natural obstacles, and unexpected encounters with wildlife; 2) weather-related hazards (e.g., extreme heat, extreme cold, humidity, ice, rain, fog); 3) inadequate first aid and/or emergency measures; and 4) judgment- and/or behavior related problems (e.g., erratic or inappropriate co-participant behavior, erratic or inappropriate behaviour by the participant, errors in judgment by personnel working the Event.)
I further understand and acknowledge that any of these risks and others, not specifically named, may cause injury or injuries that may be categorized as minor, serious, or catastrophic. Minor injuries may include, but are not limited to: scrapes, bruises, sprains, strains, muscle soreness, nausea, cuts, sunburn, abrasions, and contusions. Serious injuries are less common, but do sometimes occur. They include, butare not limited to broken bones, fractures, torn or strained ligaments and tendons, concussions, dehydration, heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses, mental stress or exhaustion, infection, vomiting, dislocations, hyperthermia, hypothermia, anemia, electrolyte imbalance, loss of consciousness, dizziness and fainting. Catastrophic injuries are rare; however, we feel that participants should be aware of the possibility. I also understand that it is my responsibility to consult with my personal physician prior to participating in the CS Event to ensure that such participation will not pose any unusual risks to my health and well-being.
I UNDERSTAND FULLY the inherent risks involved in the CS Event and assert that I (and/or my participating minor child/ward) am/are willingly and voluntarily participating in the CS Event. I have read the preceding paragraphs and acknowledge that 1) I know the nature of the CS Event; 2) I understand the demands of this activity relative to my (and/or my participating minor child/ward’s) physical condition; and 3) I appreciate the potential impact of the types of injuries that may result from the CS Event. I hereby assert that I knowingly and willingly assume all of the inherent risks of the activity on my behalf and/or on behalf of my minor child/ward and take full responsibility for any and all damages, liabilities, losses, or expenses that I (and/or my participating minor child/ward) may incur as a result of participating in the CS Event.
I understand that it is my responsibility to know the areas to be hiked, and if I believe or become aware that any are unsafe or pose unreasonable risks, I agree to immediately notify appropriate personnel. I (and/or my participating minor child/ward) accept full and sole responsibility for the condition and adequacy of my/our equipment and assert we have the knowledge to operate the equipment in a safe manner. I understand that the hike is not guided and I am folly responsible for navigating the hike on my own.
Waiver of Liability for Ordinary Negligence: In consideration of being permitted to participate in the CS Event, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, I (on behalf of the Releasing Parties) hereby forever waive, release, covenant not to sue, and discharge Chasing Sunrise Inc. from any and all claims resulting from the INHERENT RISKS of the CS Event or the ORDINARY NEGLIGENCE of Chasing Sunrise Inc. (or other Released Parties) that I (and/or my participating minor child/ward) may have arising out of my/our participation in the CS Event.
Waiver of Liability for Breach of Statutory Duty: In consideration of being permitted to participate in the CS Event, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are acknowledged, I (and/or my participating minor child/ward) (on behalf of the Releasing Parties) hereby forever waive, release, agree not to sue, and discharge Chasing Sunrise Inc.. and other released parties from any and all claims arising from any statutory duty of care, including any duty of care owed under the Occupier’s Liability Act, R.S.O. 1990, O.2 on the part of the Releasees, and further including the failure on the part of the Releasees to take reasonable steps to safeguard or protect me/us from the risks, dangers, and hazards of participating in the CS Event.
This agreement applies to 1) personal injury (including death) from incidents or illnesses arising from the CS Event participation, which includes injury during the event, medical treatment, and while on the premises (including, but not limited to sidewalks, parking areas, restrooms, and dressing facilities); and 2) any and all claims resulting from damage to, loss of, or theft of property.
In consideration of being permitted to participate in the CS Event and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, I hereby agree to hold harmless, defend and indemnify Chasing Sunrise Inc. (and the other Released Parties) from and against any and all claims of co-participants, rescuers, and others arising from my conduct in the course of my (and/or my participating minor child/ward’s) participation in the CS Event. For the purposes hereof, “claims” includes all actions and causes of action, claims, losses, costs, expenses and damages, including legal fees and related expenses. This indemnity shall survive the expiration or sooner termination of the CS Event.
Personal Information: Collection, Use and Disclosure
Severability: I understand and agree that this Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the Province in which the CS Event is held and that if any provision shall be found to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be severed from this Agreement and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
Agreements for the Protection of Participants:</b> I represent and warrant that I (and/or my participating minor child/ward) am/are in good health and in proper physical condition to safely participate in the CS Event. I certify that I (and/or my participating minor child/ward) have no known or knowable physical or mental conditions that would affect my/our ability to safely participate in the CS Event, or that would result in my/our participation creating a risk of danger to myself or to others.
I represent and warrant that I (and/or my participating minor child/ward) am/are in full command of my/our faculties and am/are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and agree not to participate in a CS Event while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. I assert that I (and/or my participating minor child/ward) have not been advised or cautioned against participating by a medical practitioner.
I understand that it is my responsibility to continuously monitor my own (and/or my participating minor child/ward’s) physical and mental condition during the Event, and I agree to withdraw immediately and to notify appropriate personnel if at any point my/our continued participation would create a risk of danger to myself or to others. In the event of an injury to me (and/or to my participating minor child/ward) that renders me/us unconscious or incapable of making a medical decision, I authorize appropriate Chasing Sunrise Inc. personnel and emergency medical personnel at the event to make emergency medical decisions on my/our behalf (including, but not limited to CPR and AED). I authorize Chasing Sunrise Inc. to secure emergency medical care or transportation (i.e., EMS) when deemed necessary by Chasing Sunrise Inc.
Photography: I understand that any and all photographs, motion pictures, recordings, and/or likenesses of me (and/or my participating minor child/ward) captured during the CS Event by Chasing Sunrise Inc., its affiliated entities or contractors, and/or the media become the sole property of Chasing Sunrise Inc. I grant the right, permission and authority to Chasing Sunrise Inc. and its designees to use my name (or any fictional name), picture, likeness, portrait, motion pictures, recordings, and/or likenesses (collectively “Images”) in all forms and in all media and in all manners, without any restriction as to changes or alterations for advertising, trade, promotion, exhibition, or any other lawful purposes, and I waive any right to inspect or approve the Images including written copy that may be created and appear in connection there with. I further understand that Chasing Sunrise Inc. and its designees have the full right to sell and/or profit from the commercial use of such Images. I hereby release and agree to hold harmless Chasing Sunrise Inc., its assigns, licensees, successors in interest, legal representatives and heirs from any liability by virtue of any blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in the recording of the Images, or in any processing tending toward the completion of the finished product. I agree that Chasing Sunrise Inc. owns the copyright in these Images and I hereby waive any claims I may have based on usage of the Images or works derived there from, including but not limited to claims for either invasion of privacy, personality rights or libel.
Majority Age: I represent and warrant that I have reached majority age.
Acknowledgment of Understanding: I have read this Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Liability, and Indemnification Agreement and fully understand its terms. I understand that I (and/or my participating minor child/ward) am/are giving up substantial rights, including my/our right to sue. I further acknowledge that I (and/or my participating minor child/ward) am/are freely and voluntarily signing the agreement and participating in the CS Event, and intend my signature to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability due to ORDINARY NEGLIGENCE of Chasing Sunrise Inc. (and other Released Parties) or the INHERENT RISKS of the activity, to the greatest extent allowed by law in the Province in which the CS Event is held.
IF I AM A PARENT OR GUARDIAN OF A PARTICIPANT UNDER THE AGE OF MAJORITY WHO IS PARTICIPATING IN THE CS EVENT (“MINOR CHILD/WARD”), I HEREBY GIVE MY APPROVAL FOR MINOR CHILD/WARD’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CS Event, REPRESENT THAT THE MINOR CHILD/WARD IS IN GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE REVIEWED UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO THE TERMS HEREIN AND HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO THIS ASSUMPTION OF RISK, WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE MINOR CHILD/WARD.