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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-27-2011, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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I knew it would be busy on the Chief on a sunny Saturday, with snow still lingering just about everywhere else, and the increasing popularity of the trail in general, but I wanted a quick butt-burning outing to get in shape for summer hiking, and drtitmouse wanted the same, so off we went.

Blackfly had recently informed me that there'd been a headcount last Saturday; 1400 people had hiked it that day. Well I guess if it was to be the same this Saturday, we might as well make it 1402.

I guess it's official: The Chief is now the Grouse Grind of Squamish:



If you want to go up to 2nd Peak, get in line!



A major traffic jam in the gully going to 2nd Peak


1)the ladder; 2) the dog needs a little help


View of 1st Peak from 2nd; looks like if any more people show up it'll be standing room only.



Nice day for views from 2nd Peak :


Someone has set up a zipline across this gaping abyss. No way in hell I'd go across it, but to each his/her own!



View of Garibaldi


2nd Peak from 3rd (there are relatively few people on third):


Wildlife all around:



It was a very nice day out in spite of the throngs of people. At least everyone was happy and good natured about the traffic jams!

The downside: halfway back down I slipped and as I fell, I felt a yanking twisting from inside my left knee (the good knee!). I limped and hobbled the rest of the day, and it looks like my Canada Day long weekend hiking plans are likely shot. This was supposed to be a "getting in shape for hiking" hike; so much for that!!
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Wow thats nuts

Went to Joffre and I assumed it would be busier but didn't see a soul.
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Disgusting. Part of me wants to torch the stairs and chop the chains, then another part says it's best to keep all the lemmings (not you of course) in one spot. Then the other part says....you don't live there any more anyways....phew.
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That's why you go up the front side. Dodging people is bad enough on the hike down, I wish dogs weren't allowed on the trail.
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Disgusting
Really?

Many people enjoying what you enjoy is a bad thing?

It's outrage from all those people enjoying the hike that prevented the gondola from going up.
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Nice report and pics! I go hiking to get away from all those people and find wildlife. That's almost like not even leaving the city (just as busy as stanley park, or grouse grind). Good to hear you got some fun exercise, and views out of the deal.



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WOW A WOW - CROWD..... crazy busy lanes and both full in one gully.

Tracy, great informative shots. I have a much better idea of what the trail is like. Part of it does look like the Grouse Grind.

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hmm... I wonder what that photographer to the right, with his huge telescopic lens, is taking a photo of... doesn't look like there is any views to the left, oh wait

Looks like all the ladies with their lululemon pants have migrated from the Grind to the Chief



That's a slackline used by the climbers I believe. You can usually see them practicing it at the picnic tables at the bottom.

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Disgusting. Part of me wants to torch the stairs and chop the chains, then another part says it's best to keep all the lemmings (not you of course) in one spot. Then the other part says....you don't live there any more anyways....phew.
In British Columbia we call that Multiple Personality Disorder.

Wow Tracy, that sure was a lot of peeps. We got the Peak to ourselves the first time I was there last year.
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Disgusting. Part of me wants to torch the stairs and chop the chains, then another part says it's best to keep all the lemmings (not you of course) in one spot. Then the other part says....you don't live there any more anyways....phew.
In <s>British Columbia</s> the little hick town I live in we call that Multiple Personality Disorder.
Wow Tracy, that sure was a lot of peeps. We got the Peak to ourselves the first time I was there last year.
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Disgusting
Really?

Many people enjoying what you enjoy is a bad thing?

It's outrage from all those people enjoying the hike that prevented the gondola from going up.
<s>Some</s> lots of <s>people</s> lemmings like the comfort of knowing there are a billion people close to them. Same types that like hiking clubs where a dozen people are all blindly following the next. NOT TALKING about the OP by the way. Whatever, like I said at least there are spots like the grind and Chief to keep them all together. Anyways, i'm done with this since it's derailing the thread, and I have no problem with WS. Please don't type at me.
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G.R.O.S.S. [xx(]

Sorry to hear about your knee. I hope it heals quickly!!
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Isn't it great that hiking has become so cool? That's a heck of a lot of people using the trail! Makes me glad I live in the "Wack" and can take off to Yale and the Canyon or Manning Park and not have to deal with those kind of "line ups"!

Sorry to hear about your knee!

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Holy traffic jam; I'm getting clautophobic just looking at some of those photos.

Sorry to hear about your knee. Hope it isn't too long a recovery for you.
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that zipline IS crazy!

i went up the chief about a month ago and you should have seen all the high school kids. One of the teachers said they were all in gr. 10 or gr. 11 from earth and ocean sciences and geography, taking a field trip. He wanted to take them climbing, but the principals or whoever had a say thought that would be too dangerous. So they did the chief instead. There were easily 200 of them, and you could tell they weren't used to hiking. it was endearing, also irritating, as they would mull around on the trail looking sheepish and out of their element. You almost had to push them out of the way, but i was mostly happy to see them outside and not stuck in a classroom. i know what that's like...

speaking of which, i should get back to studying...
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