Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Judge Howay: May Long Weekend
Trial Date: May 14-17, 2015
The Accused: Mark J, Phil L, Ross P, and Bala K
Charges: Attempted summitry, Unsafe operation of a canoe, Gross route-finding negligence, Excessive Bushwhacking
Verdict: Guilty on all charges
Sentencing: None, they suffered enough already
Risk to re-offend: High
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It is charged that between the dates of May 14th to 17th of 2015, the accused did knowingly and willingly make an attempt on the forbidden summit of Mount Judge Howay. This attempt was planned over a two-week period as evidenced by a flurry of emails between the participants and two other co-conspirators.
The ring-leader of this band of rogues has avoided prosecution after an unfortunate biking accident rendered him unfit to partake in the caper. Information was gathered from previous miscreants who recorded their summit attempts for posterity, although, as will be recorded later, certain critical details were missed which prevented the group from successfully carrying out their plan.
Timeline of Events:
Witness report seeing the group assemble on Sayer’s Point of Stave Lake around 6PM on Thursday, May 14th, and launch two canoes laden with “a bunch a tents n rope n shit”. The testimony of these witness is treated as suspect due to high level of inebriation and distraction from 4X4 vehicles cavorting in nearby mudpits.
Photos retrieved from one of the suspects’ camera, reveal that at 7:30PM they were on Stave Lake paddling northwards. With the benefit of calm waters and a slight tailwind they reached the north end of the lake in about 4 hours.
Forensic analysis of the beach near the barge landing at the north end of the lake reveal that the group brazenly camped right out in the open on Thursday night. It is believed they made landfall here somewhere around midnight.
The following day, the suspects were encountered by a pair of energy workers who report seeing the group assembling some form of rudimentary wheeled conveyance for their canoe. When questioned, the suspects indicated they were “heading up to KM15 of the Stave FSR to climb a mountain.”
Little information is known of the events that followed. More photos from the subjects’ cameras reveal that they were able to successfully cross the river. Following that are a confusing series of photographs taken in extremely dense underbrush which appear to show the subjects attempting to navigate the myriad bluffs and ravines in an attempt to locate the mysterious “water platform”.
It is here where the plan fell apart. Evidently the group had not studied the topography sufficiently, and failed to capitalize on key information provided by previous parties. They wandered off-route and followed a ragged goat trail into a dead-end bluff. Exhausted, dehydrated, and running short on daylight, they were forced to beat a hasty retreat back down to the river’s edge.
The following day the group put in motion their getaway plan. A group of campers saw two of the group paddling down-river with a heavy load of gear around KM9 of the logging road. It is believed the other two suspects walked back to the lake via the road.
Weather conditions were unsettled that day, with a strong wind blowing northward up the lake creating difficult conditions for paddling. A passing barge witnessed the group stranded on a sandy beach at the north end of the lake waiting for conditions to improve.
Evidence suggests they struck out again around 8PM hoping that they conditions were sufficiently improved to allow safe passage across the lake. According to their own testimony what followed was a harrowing voyage under rough seas and encroaching darkness. At 11:00PM that night they were forced to make landfall having covered only a few kilometres.
Around 8AM on Sunday May 17th, the group was again witnessed at Sayer’s Point, returning to their vehicle. A particularly hirsute, well-mulleted man testified that he spoke to the group upon their landing.
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APPENDIX A: Photographic Evidence