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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-13-2008, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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This morning while hiking the upper Chilliwack river (south of the lake) I was looking for any markers that would lead me to the start of the Hanging Lake trail. (Not that I want to do it, but more just to know where it is.) This got me thinking of the "Holy Grail" of back-packing, and specifically what it would be for us here in BC. Is Hanging Lake it? Mamqueam Glacier? Fools Gold route from Sqaumish to Widgeon?
Let know what your thoughts, and please don't include a trip that would require technical climbing. I'm thinking something that can be done by anyone who is reasonably fit, has adequate gear and experience, and has more drive than the average person.
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I thought dehydrated beer was the "holy grail" of backpacking?
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Don't you mean dehydrated water?
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freeze dried beer [8D]
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There is no "Holy Grail of Backpacking." There is only what one considers to be a great personal achievement, regardless of length, elevation gain, endurance, or whatever type of category one wishes to measure.
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Don't you mean dehydrated water?
No, this already exists. I can sell you some if you like. It's really expensive though.
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Back on topic, I'm not sure why anyone would consider an unaesthetic bush thrash like Hanging Lake, or the Fools Gold route for that matter to be any sort of Holy Grail. There exist plenty of long ridgelines and alpine traverses in BC that can be done at any difficulty level from simple off-trail hiking to scrambling to roped mountaineering. Spending two or three weeks following a divide, climbing two or three peaks a day, with goats and marmots aplenty for company and a series of camps next to pleasantly situated alpine tarns: that's how I would define a Holy Grail.
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Well said, Dru!
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Back on topic, I'm not sure why anyone would consider an unaesthetic bush thrash like Hanging Lake, or the Fools Gold route for that matter to be any sort of Holy Grail. There exist plenty of long ridgelines and alpine traverses in BC that can be done at any difficulty level from simple off-trail hiking to scrambling to roped mountaineering. Spending two or three weeks following a divide, climbing two or three peaks a day, with goats and marmots aplenty for company and a series of camps next to pleasantly situated alpine tarns: that's how I would define a Holy Grail.
I'll second that.

Nice big wide open river valleys are also great to mix things up a little. Anyone who's hiked the upper Tchaikazan valley will know what I'm talking about. Beach hiking also has it's charms, but it's hard to find nice beaches in close proximity to wide open river valleys and high mountain ridges.

As a "Holy Grail" it is supposed to be unobtainable, right?
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"Fools Gold route from Sqaumish to Widgeon" is a definite contender.

It depends on if we are talking overnighters or multi-day excursions.

I think we can rule out the WCT due to crowds and the hand-holding by Parks Canada.
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The hike that gives you eternal life?

Ponce de Leon seemed to think it was in Florida but I have my doubts. Maybe that's why so many people retire there.
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The hike that gives you eternal life?

Ponce de Leon seemed to think it was in Florida but I have my doubts. Maybe that's why so many people retire there.
and die there ![:0]
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For the record, here is "British Columbia's Official List of Holy Grails of Backpacking" (in order of holiness):

1. Lake Chilko - For the "largest alpine lake in north america" lover
2. Berg Lake - For the "postcard perfect" scenery
3. Stein Valley - For the "6 different Biogeoclimatic Zones" backpacker
4. Mount Edziza - For the "highest volcano in Canada" peak bagger
5. Southern Chilcotins - For the ridge rambler
6. Garibaldi - For the backpacker who likes company
7. West Coast Trail (or Cape Scott/North Coast Trail) - For the beach bums
8. Valhalla PP - For the rock lover
9. Indian Arm Trail - For the "coastal sub-alpine forest close to a major city" backpacker
10. Fool's Gold Route - For the "crazy treehugging bushwackin' lovin'" backpacker

So Hanging Lake isn't on the list, but Fool's Gold Route is - much to the chagrin of Sunshine Coast B&B operators (it's inclusion is due to the constant campaigning of Dru, who ardently argued in support of "the epicness of the Fool's Gold route" - causing it to bump a "70 km of skyline ridge walking ending at a quaint coastal Bed & Breakfast" Powell Divide Traverse off the list).

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Mt Assiniboine or Height of the Rockies.
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If you like to knock off all the most reckongnized lakes in the fraser valley,the lower hanging lake is probably one of the toughest.Blinch lake will probably take second spot [}]
The bush to blinch is nothing in comparison,but routefinding is critical. I could do blinch in about 5 hours one way,with lots of swearing
Hanging one way is probably 7 hours with much more swearing
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