THE KIT + ACE CHASE: May 7th, 2015.
Disclaimer: we are not mountain guides or mountain experts. Please do your own research, understanding the hiking route and make sure you are comfortable getting up and down on your own.
When: Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Time: Meeting in the overnight parking lot at 4:00AM and will be taking off from the lot at 4:10AM sharp.
Where: Mount Seymour overnight parking lot (1700 Mt Seymour Rd, North Vancouver BC), The lot is located at the top of Mount Seymour Road, to the right of the gate that blocks the road off.
Trail: We will be 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), so it is about 3/4 of what they say there.
Sunrise: 5:35AM. The plan is to summit no later than 5:15AM.
Emergency Contact: If you have trouble finding the spot, any questions or cannot make it last minute, contact Julian at 604-307-7816!
What To Expect:
- The hike is intermediate difficulty. It's an hour and a half up, at an average pace.
- We will be hiking in the dark on the way up there, so bring flashlights or headlamps to light your way.
- We'll all leave the parking lot together, but please know the route and research what to expect (trail conditions, weather, etc).
- There will be a few snowy and icy sections on the way up. Hiking boots are recommended.
- Move at a pace you are comfortable with.
- Be extra careful of any icy and slippy sections. There will be a few at higher elevations.
- Find a hiking buddy and stick together.
- You will have cell service 90% of the way up there, in case of emergency (but let's be honest... Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook).
What To Bring:
- BRING A HEADLAMP OR FLASHLIGHT. WE WILL BE HIKING IN THE DARK.
- Good hiking boots or shoes that are adequate for mud/snowy/rocky conditions.
- 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 pretty cold. We suggest bringing more than you think is necessary and wearing it at the top.
- Bring an extra pair of warm socks. There are some muddy/watery sections and wet feet make for a miserable hike.
- Bring food, snacks and coffee to enjoy and share.
- Bring whatever else you need to hike up and down a mountain such as Mount Seymour (hiking poles, water, spikes, nutrition, etc).
- Assess your own ability, know the route, the conditions and make sure you are adequately prepared.
- Dogs ARE allowed on the trail.
- Finally, remember to do your morning lunges. Not only do they help you warm up and keep you fit, but you'll be the coolest kid in the parking lot as you do them!
Oh, and when we do it right, this is what you can expect...