Thank you for coming out to our Clip 'N Climb event! As everyone who participated can agree, it was awesome! Every wall presented a new, exciting challenge... there was the ice climb, where you had to use ice picks to haul yourself up... the poles, where you had to leap higher and higher until finally swan-diving off the top... the cave, where glowing grips spiraled up into the distant darkness. By the end of the night we were witnessing record-breaking timed sprints, great feats of bravery, single-handed post climbs - all in all, an awesome night with an awesome group of young women! And, as requested, we will try to offer more climbing events in the future! Keep an eye on your e-mail for the next Trex activity. If there's anything you would like us to organize, feel free to send us your suggestions! We are always looking for new and interesting ways to challenge ourselves :)
Or, if you're new, welcome to our unit! The 2017 season has begun, and we already have some activities lined up for you!
Additional information about Trex, including cookie selling details, the costs involved with joining the unit, and organizing carpooling to events can be found in the e-mail that was recently sent out. If you have not received an e-mail, please contact Nancy Haynes at nancyhaynes[at]telus.net to be added to our mailing list!
If you want to join Trex, follow our step-by-step guide here!
And now, without further adieu, our events so far:
Remember, Trex is all about you! This is your unit. What exciting and fun things do you wish to do this year? We'll get together when we finish at Rope Runner Aerial Park to toss around some ideas for this year's activities. If you can't make the climbing event, send Nancy your ideas via e-mail. We'll do our best to offer the activities you guys are most interested in!
Also, remember: if you sign up for an activity, please don't "change your mind". The cost of an event often depends on the number of girls attending so if someone drops out, the cost may go up or the event may need to be cancelled. However, if you are unable to attend due to illness or injury, we will understand!
Thank you for joining Trex! We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming activities!
"Look at those suckers in the gondola!" we laugh. Before the rain starts, before we're 4 hours into the hike and stomping through icy snow, before we start desperately counting the inches between trail markers. When we're still being treated with views of Howe Sound and the Squamish Valley as if the world won't soon be obscured by a thick, wet fog.
We are still dry and naive, hiking the Sea To Summit trail as dark grey clouds gather overhead.
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From here, we entered a steep section of trail which took us higher and higher into the mountain. As the trees began to thin out, we were treated with glimpses of the snow that would eventually cover the whole trail. The rain, now falling steadily, also began to freeze into drops of wet slush which dripped down from the conifer trees and onto our dampening heads. Fortunately, the snow we trekked over was mostly frozen and well-treaded by hikers before us, making it easier to keep our footing. Clinging to freezing, soaked rope in order to haul ourselves up some final sections of trail was another story. Those are the moments where you have to take a slow breath and do some serious soul searching. Really dig deep. Find your inner Lara Croft or Indiana Jones or insert-other-action-adventure-hero-here. And then just go for it, because that's who you are as a member of the 2nd West Coast Area Trex, right?!
This is the beauty of Trex - tackling things you might not face in your regular life, embracing the challenges and working through the discomforts that come with trying new things and putting yourself out in the world. Here are the girls who took on this adventure, 3.5 hours in to the hike and very much still enjoying themselves:
It was wonderful to be able to experience such a rugged part of nature so close to home, especially in the company of these girls. While the climb was by no means easy, it was certainly fun! We managed to reach the top in just over 4 hours - soaked, sore, but still somewhat sunny*. Once there, we enjoyed some hard-earned french fries and poutine, as well as various other treats and nice, steamy cups of hot chocolate. The best part of any hike is, after all, sitting down and having a big meal at the end ;) Everyone survived without injury, and even if we didn't get our grand view, we did get a fantastic gondola ride down the mountain. It really gave us time to reflect back on the trail. On what we'd done. On how much faster and easier it would have been to take the gondola to the top, instead of being those suckers struggling to hike the trail in the pouring rain.
* the weather itself was nowhere near sunny
It's early Sunday morning. For the most part, the sky over Whonnock Lake is grey, but the sun has managed to break through. It's enough to give us hope that the day won't be as rainy as we expected.
Once we've had a chance to try these basic strokes, we pull up to a dock to practice swapping positions in the kayak. Our fearless leaders demonstrate a smooth transition from boat to dock and back again:
The afternoon ends with practice rescues. Because the water is still cold and nobody wants to jump in, we nominate some of our fearless leaders to act as "capsize victims" to wade in and man the overturned canoe while we learn how to drain it and flip it back over. It takes a few tries, especially with the wind blowing us into the empty swimming area, but everyone passes with flying colours in the end!
Thank you to everyone who came out, and to Ridge Wilderness for providing the course! If you attended this activity and enjoyed it, or didn't attend and wish you had, let us know! We would love to offer more like it.