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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-23-2015, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Default 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

--BEGIN COURT BRIEFING --
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.

--END OF COURT BRIEFING--
APPENDIX A: Photographic Evidence
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Hey, really entertained by your style. You guys put up a lot of energy in planning and working on following through. Enjoyed your pictures. The mountain will be there waiting for you next time.

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Hey Mark, great report and yet another testimony how hard it is to "befriend a Judge"
If it is any consolation, look this way: It was not meant to be without ring leader (Pardeep, I presume). You will all get it next spring.
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River's wadeable in autumn of dry years. Like this year probably will be... less need for shenanigans getting boats up a road.
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When we did it, we carried an inflatable raft on one of our bikes. We crossed the river one at a time and dragged the raft back with an attached rope. Worked well. We were also lucky in that the route up to the water platform was flagged. Get off that route and you may need ropes to get back down. The hardest part was after the platform where we had to cross a steep slope walking in 10 foot high alder. Good luck!
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Well written TR. Great read! The toughest part of this trip (IMHO) is the bushwack to the 'water platform' (class 5 bush for sure). The alder above was bad also. On the upper part of the mountain snow makes things much easier, which is a good reason to go at this time of year.

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FUN or not so FUN
Always cool to see an attempt on this one

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Not often that one sees hirsute used .... Great attempt!
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A superb write up Mark. We'll be acquitted of all charges this coming Fall. I'll make sure that I don't injure myself a few days prior this time! Though, we will have to put our, often of reality, positivity in check.

While The Judge found you all guilty, and my stupidity indicted me. I've now learned that if you're speeding towards a speedbump, while riding with your hands off your handlebars... well you're in for bad times. I just bought the damn bike too!

Zeljkok, we'll get this done. Come hell or high water, we will.

Also, I'm not sure how I've been labeled the ring leader. With so many type A's in the group, it's more a ship of fools.

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Very enjoyable report, thanks!

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When we did it, we carried an inflatable raft on one of our bikes. We crossed the river one at a time and dragged the raft back with an attached rope. Worked well. We were also lucky in that the route up to the water platform was flagged. Get off that route and you may need ropes to get back down. The hardest part was after the platform where we had to cross a steep slope walking in 10 foot high alder. Good luck!

You can miss the bad alder if you skirt around above it, staying in the timber. We came out that way and it was a lot easier than the bushwack experienced on the way up. Good luck next time - it's a good view from the top.

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When did you go up there btrenholme?
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When did you go up there btrenholme?
I was lucky enough to have been part of this journey:
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Ah, thanks. Last time we went up there, we skirted around most of the blowdown, still a bit rough, but much easier. Unfortunately, that time we didn't bring crampons. We underestimated the amount of snow up there.
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