The next chase: Sunday, June 21st, 2015.

Disclaimer: we are not mountain guides or mountain experts. Please do your own research, understanding the hike and route and make sure you are comfortable getting up and down on your own.

While we believe that you should make it count every damn day of the year, there's certain days where there's no room for exceptions and this is one of them.

Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year. The most daylight hours to make it count. We won't miss this one. Adventure like this is in our blood.

While the rest of the city will be sleeping, we're going to kick off this day with the most badass event yet. Will you be there?



When: Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Time: Meeting at 3:00AM. Taking off from the lot at 3:15AM 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: 5:05AM. We plan on summiting no later than 4:50AM.

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).
  • Hiking boots are recommended.
  • Move at a pace you are comfortable with.
  • 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, likely Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook).
  • Use the hashtag #chasingsunrise and tag @chasingsunrise on Instagram.
  • Move at a pace you are comfortable with. 

What To Bring:

  • 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 a pair of gloves to keep your hands toasty.
  • 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, nutrition, etc).
  • Assess your own ability, know the route, the conditions and make sure you are adequately prepared.
  • 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!

FAQ & Other

Do I have to sign-up? Yes. 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 3) to make sure that everyone understands the risks and what's involved. Sign-up below!

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


Oh, and when we do it right, this is what you can expect...

Photo by Adam Nagy. Taken up Mount Seymour on April 5th, 2015!