Disclaimer: We are not guides/mountain experts and this is NOT a guided adventure.
You are attending at your own risk and with your own prep and knowledge.
Do your own research, understand the hike/route/conditions, and make sure you are comfortable getting up and down on your own.

This isn't about any one of us.
This is about every one of us.
United by our beliefs, our values and our willingness to make it count.

Last year, hundreds of us met at the top of a mountain at 5AM to show Canada what we're all about.

This year, we are taking that spirit from Coast To Coast bringing thousands together across the country for Canada's 150+.

From first light in St. John's to the last sunrise in this country in Victoria, we're doing Canada Day like it's never been done before.

 
In partnership with our rad friends at MEC!

In partnership with our rad friends at MEC!

 

THE PLAN

That's why we're taking this event and spreading it out. All of us coming together under the same choice, but doing it in ways that protect the back-country, and are accessible to anyone who's got the determination to get up damn early and show their pride.

1. Centralized (sign-up required): Mount Seymour, but we're capping numbers to minimize backcountry impact (sign-up below).

2. Decentralized (no sign-up required): Get up, get a crew , friends, family, or go solo, and get out for sunrise wherever you can. It doesn't have to be a mountain peak. It's not about that. It's about getting up and choosing to make your freedom count. 

If you're set on a mountain, some options you might like (we can't confirm conditions, sunrise or safety at any of these):  

If you're looking for something accessible, here's some options we know catch sunrise (we can't confirm conditions, sunrise or safety at any of these):

 

For Canada 150+, we're summiting Mount Seymour, damn early. bringing together a rad group of us on top of the world to catch sunrise and ring in Canada Day – all before most even roll out of bed.

When: Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Where: Mount Seymour.
Meeting in Main Mount Seymour 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 (NOT Mount Seymour Parkway). Follow it all the way up to the resort.

Time: Meeting at 2:15AM.
Safety chat at 2:40AM.
Leave the lot at 3:00AM sharp (giving extra time to get up).
Summiting for 5:00AM. Sunrise at 5:15AM followed by the best O'Canada you've ever heard.

Trail: Summiting First Peak up Mount Seymour. 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).

Difficulty Level: Intermediate, 430 metre elevation gain over 4.5km.

Emergency Contact/Questions: If you have questions, email us at julian@chasingsunri.se.

Disclaimer: We are not guides/mountain experts and this is NOT a guided adventure.
You are attending at your own risk and with your own prep and knowledge.
Do your own research, understand the hike/route/conditions, and make sure you are comfortable getting up and down on your own.

WHAT TO EXPECT

THE VIBE

This morning is about bringing us all together, as Canadians. It's about getting up, getting after it, and making it one hell of a Canada Day morning – together – all before most even roll out of bed.

We ask that you only bring good vibes and make this event something rad for everyone!

THE HIKE

The hike is intermediate difficulty, about 1.5km each way with 240m of elevation. You can find details here.
You will have cell service 90% of the way up there.

THE CONDITIONS

While it's summertime in the city, it's winter in the backcountry. You will be hiking on snow the entire way.
Make sure you are well-prepared for this, including the proper warmth and footwear.

RAIN OR SHINE

This is happening rain or shine.
We aren't the kind of people who shy away when it gets a little wet
PS. Weather is currently looking awesome.

WE'LL BE HIKING IN THE DARK

Bring a flashlight/headlamp to light your way.

BRING YOUR FRIENDS

This is about all of us, so bring your friends along.
Stick together and don't go off on your own!
Make sure people know where you are at all times.

PREP WORK

Read the route plan. Assess your own ability. Know the route, the conditions, and the weather.
Make sure you are adequately prepared to get up and down on your own.
 

REQUIRED GEAR 

CANADIAN COLOURS

The uniform is all red and white everything, duh!
We'll be rocking the Pay Bills and Die tanks, proudly and will have some available. As per last year, they'll likely sell out before the day of.

WEAR LAYERS

Mornings can be colder than you think. Dress warm, but in layers. Bring more than you think is necessary, taking it off as needed. Bring some blankets to chill up on top!

BRING LIGHT

A headlamp/flashlight.

COFFEE & SNACKS

Bring the best snack game you've got! And lots of coffee.

Don't have the proper gear? You can head over to the closest Mountain Equipment Co-op and get what you need!
Come prepared.
 

SOME OTHER RECOMMENDED GEAR

  • Water / hydration
  • Hiking poles are helpful in the snow / inclines
  • Garbage bags to help keep the mountain clean.
  • Dress warm, but in layers. You'll work up a good sweat on the way up, but stopping up top can cool you down quickly.
  • A shell to block out the wind.
  • A pair of gloves to keep your hands toasty.
  • An extra pair of warm socks.
  • Whatever else you deem necessary to stay warm, dry and safe based on the area and conditions.
  • More snacks and coffee.
     

WHAT'S THE "+"?

The plus stands to acknowledge the Indigenous peoples who have been here long before Canada was, well, Canada. It represents our understanding that there is a history to the land we are on – a history that predates colonization.

It is our commitment to look into the future with a hope that all communities, Nations, and peoples will walk together as a stronger society than ever before.

Think of it as a mark of what we hope to achieve going forward – a community that not only looks towards a bright future, but does so while recognizing the past that brought us to where we are today.

You can learn more here.

 
 

OUR CODE OF CONDUCT

This community is built on the strong values of respect, care, and responsibility for people and the areas we interact with. We don't tolerate ignorant, intoxicated, disrespectful, or damaging behaviour.

We’re all in this one together, so take a minute to understand, read and live the simple rules we go by:

GOOD VIBES ONLY

Bring only good vibes, take care of those around you, and know we’re in this together.

SAFETY SECOND?

Getting every one of us home safely is priority one and the responsibility of all of us.

YOU'VE GOT FRIENDS

We’re here to meet rad people and make new friends, so take time to introduce yourself.

LEAVE NO TRACE

Respect and care for the wild as if it was your own – because it is. It's simple: leave no trace.

MAKE IT COUNT

We’re here to create the kind of live we want to live. While you’re here, make it count.

WE'RE ALL ADULTS

With independence comes some responsibility and we expect that you will act accordingly.

 

A NOTE ABOUT SAFETY & CROWDS

ON SAFETY

Getting every single one of us home safely really is priority number one. It is more important than anything we do that morning and we ask that it becomes the mission of every single one of us out there. We have built this community to be one that relies on each other to help make sure we all make it home safely every single time and need your help to keep that alive.

We ask that we all come together to make sure that all of us make it home safely. Do you research, know where you are going, stick with the group and to the trail, help other people stay safe, have people who will know if you get lost, and don't push boundaries. Bring good vibes and help make it a morning to remember.

This is about all of us showing that together, we are a hell of a lot better off than we are individually.

Any comments or suggestions, please get in touch.
 

ON THE CROWDS

We know this is more people than normally go into a place like Mount Seymour and we aren't ignorant of the potential impact if we don't treat the area with respect. We believe, as we saw last year, that not only can we Leave No Trace, but we can leave the place even better than we found it.

But we need your help to do it.

Expect the hike to be slower than normal, be patient, don't step off trail to try and get around people, help each other out, get to know each other, and realize that we are all in this together. Don't leave anything in the backcountry and take out stuff you see that doesn't belong. Respect the wildlife and please don't feed it.

Together, we can make this something that we never forget.

You can learn more about Leave No Trace here.
 

FAQ

Do I have to sign-up? Yes, we require sign-up because 1) it helps us know how many people are coming up, 2) so we can provide updates if necessary, and 3) to make sure that everyone understands the risks, what's involved, and the vibes we request.

Does it cost anything? Nope! Sign up and show up ready.

 
 

SIGN-UP & WAIVER

VOLUNTARY ASSUMPTION OF RISK, WAIVER OF LIABILITY, AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT
CHASING SUNRISE EVENT JULY 1, 2017
MT. SEYMOUR PARK, BC

I've read the waiver and agree.
Take me to sign-up.

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.

1. 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; Mount Seymour Provincial Park - First Peak Trail 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 (together, the “Released Parties”)

2. 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.

3. 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 CS 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 fully responsible for navigating the hike on my own.

4. 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 the Released Parties that I (and/or my participating minor child/ward) may have arising out of my/our participation in the CS Event.

5. 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 the 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, [RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 337 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.

6. Indemnification Agreement
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 the 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.

7. Personal Information: Collection, Use and Disclosure
By providing us your personal information in order to participate in one of our events you agree and consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information by Chasing Sunrise Inc. in accordance with applicable legislation and the Chasing Sunrise Privacy Policy, which is available at www.chasingsunri.se and which may be changed from time to time by Chasing Sunrise in its discretion without any notice or liability to you or any other person by making an amended Privacy Policy accessible through www.chasingsunri.se.

Other Agreements
8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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 local media (television camera crews, radio stations, and online bloggers) 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 therewith. 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 therefrom, including but not limited to claims for either invasion of privacy, personality rights or libel.

11. Majority Age: I represent and warrant that I have reached majority age.

12. 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 the 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.

General Terms. Jurisdiction. This Agreement will be governed exclusively by the laws of the province of British Columbia. Severability. If any provisions of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, the other provisions in the Agreement will remain in full force and effect. Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties and replaces any prior agreements. Headings. The headings used in this Agreement are for stylistic purposes only and none of the content in the headings are intended to be legally binding.

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