Disclaimer: we are not mountain guides or mountain experts. Before you come, do your own research, understand the route, have the right gear, and make sure you are comfortable getting up and down on your own.
We've been up 3.5 hours before sunrise for a month straight. Now it's time to chase down and take in one of the best sunset views this city has to offer.
If you want in, sign-up and fill in the release form below. Take a read through all the details before you sign-up!
No Snowshoes? No Problem.
We have rented 20 pairs of snowshoes from MEC, so we can make this happen for everyone that wants to show. If you want to get your hands on a pair, claim them here for $22. We will pick them up, give them to you onsite and take them back for you. If you don't get them here, we will assume you are good for snowshoes!
When: Sunday, January 29th, 2017
Time: Cypress Mountain parking lot for 1:00PM. Taking off from the lot at 1:20PM sharp.
Where: Meeting at Cypress Lodge (6000 Cypress Bowl Road). We will be meeting at the bottom floor of the lodge.
Trail: We will be heading to St. Marks Summit. The hike is moderate difficulty, 11km round trip with 460m of vertical. You can check out the details of it here.
Note: While this is close to a ski resort, it is a backcountry trail and includes some avalanche terrain. We recommend proper gear and adequate skills and training for these conditions. Again, know the conditions, trail, and your skill level. This is not a guided hike.
Snowshoe Rentals: We have rented 20 pairs of snowshoes from MEC, so we can make this happen for everyone that wants to show. If you want to get your hands on a pair, claim them here for $22. We will pick them up, give them to you onsite and take them back for you. If you don't get them here, we will assume you are good for snowshoes!
Emergency Contact/Questions: If you have trouble finding the spot, any questions or cannot make it last minute, contact Gordon at 778-772-5426 or Julian at 604-307-7816!
Facebook Event: We put together a Facebook Event to organize the crew, sort out rides and keep everyone up to date with the details!
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Intermediate difficulty, 11km round trip, 460m elevation gain. Full details here.
- You will be entering the backcountry. It is full on winter back there.
- Do your research, know the route, know what to expect, and come prepared. This is NOT a guided hike.
- You will be crossing some avalanche terrain. Full BC South Coast avalanche forecast is here.
- Assess your own ability, know the route, the conditions and make sure you are adequately prepared with the proper gear.
- Snow gear adequate for winter conditions and backcountry terrain. You can check the weather here.
- Proper safety gear for South Coast backcountry.
- Snow boots & shoes adequate for winter conditions. That means no Nikes.
- A headlamp/flashlight, as we will be hiking out in the dark. Cellphone flashlights won't do.
- Proper food and hydration for a day hike.
Don't have gear? Head over to the closest Mountain Equipment Co-op and pick it up!
OTHER RECOMMENDED GEAR
- Food, snacks and coffee to enjoy and share.
- Emergency blankets & whistles.
- Dress very warm, but in layers. We recommend bringing more than you think is necessary/taking it off as needed.
- A shell to block out the wind.
- Hiking poles.
- Whatever else you deem necessary to hike/climb up and down a mountain to St. Marks Summit in the snow.
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
- Stay on the trail.
- Leave no garbage and pick-up anything you see that shouldn’t be there.
- 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 / the responsibility of everyone.
- Understand where you are going, what you are doing, what the trail conditions are like, and who you are going with. Make sure you are adequately prepared for all of it.
- 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.
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 & WAIVER
VOLUNTARY ASSUMPTION OF RISK, WAIVER OF LIABILITY, AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT
CHASING SUNRISE EVENT JANUARY 29th, 2017 – ST. MARKS SUMMIT, 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: 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.