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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-14-2017, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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So, it was a glorious day to get on the sharp end of the rope and reacquaint myself with primal fear while spending quality time with my son who earlier this year completed the Alpine Club's moutaineering training. He had in mind to do Star Chek in the Cheakamus Canyon about 15 minutes North of Sqaumish. I wasn't quite prepared for the abrupt drop off from the road and the suddeness of being confronted with an over 250 elevation drop in front of me. The rapel was the scariest part. Being a rusty lead climber, its always sphincter tightening to do the first steep rapel. The weather today was phenomenal - sunshine and a bit of coolness in the air and the spectacular back drop of the Tantalus range. Made me appreciate where I live despite the erroding quality of lifestyle from traffic and high prices. Followed by a nice ocean swim in Porteau Cove. Following photos; prepping for the big descend; downward bound; first pitch; before the last hard pitch;

Good training to get on the sharp end sometimes - prepares you better to confront the many scenarios that confront you in the mountains. I've lately always got a 30 meter 7mm Beal Rando in my hiking pack. A dulfersitz rapel and a bowline on a coil can get you out of many a sticky situation (although the dulfersitz may compromise your procreative abilities)
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Looks like a fun trip, nice shots.

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Incredible, love to hear trip reports with rock climbing. I hope that I can get into the sport before my body fails! Congratulations on spending quality time with the son!
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-27-2017, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Incredible, love to hear trip reports with rock climbing. I hope that I can get into the sport before my body fails! Congratulations on spending quality time with the son!
Thank you. Its nice to finally do something with him again. The last stuff I used to do regularly with him as a pre-teen usually involved him falling off his mountain bike into a stream or something. Lots of crags around town to try some modest top roping without the danger to see how it goes. Picked up a book recently called Vancouver Rock Climbing and involves not travelling to Squamish. There are a surprising number of small crags around town.
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Well done Frank Hardy; a little more fear than what I can handle.

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Nice climbing spot! We will try it one day. Have you tried Sully's Hangout on the Lynn peak trail in North Vancouver? We have been there a few times this summer. It's mostly trad and sport climbing, but we were able to set up a top rope there too before trying lead climbing.

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Our favourite climbing spots are Murrin Park on Sea-to-Sky highway and Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver.
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Highly recommend Copper Cove, if you enjoyed the novelty environment of Star Chek. Just make sure the tides don't catch you!

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