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Yak Peak Persid Meteor Shower viewing - Sun, Aug 12 2018
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PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.
|Event Location:||Coquihalla Pass|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Aug 12 2018
2:00 PM (Carpool Departure: N/A *log in for location*)
|Registration Cut Off:
Sat, Aug 11 2018 5:00:00 PM
|Event Duration:||Sunday Evening into early Monday morning |
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Moderate|
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Members & Guests, All Ages Welcome
Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
|Number Registered So Far:||
2 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
The primary object of this trip is to
spend the evening (after
sunset) viewing & photographing the Persid
Meteor Shower from the Summit of Yak peak.
After which, those who need to be at work on
Monday morning may descend together (about 3-4
am) for 2 1/2 hrs) & 2 hr drive home.
Others will descend shortly after dawn.
Headlamps a must,
bivi gear & sleeping bag recommended.
light non-cook dinner & libations suggested.
A steep, rough climbers' trail scrambles
up to the col between Yak and Nak peaks
before following the NE ridge to it's two
Total Distance: 5.5 km (return)
Estimated Time: 6 hours (ascent & descent)
Average Grade: 30.0%
Structure: Linear - Return
|Required Items to Bring:|
Head Lamp (& spare batteries) important.
Usual day trip essentials, light dinner, lots to
hiking poles, bug juice
Bivi gear, sleeping mat,
|Recommended Items to Bring:|
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Camera, tripod, batteries, & chargers.
bathing suit & towel for a possible dip in Falls
before ascending Yak Peak Trail.
For those who need to work Monday morning, the
would be to descend trail around dawn (4 am) and
drive 2 hours to arrive in Vancouver around 8 am.
Those who don't need to be back for work would
descend shortly after dawn.
|How to Get There:|
Drive north from Hope on Highway 5
(Coquihalla Highway) to the Zopkios Rest
Area exit, just after the Great Bear Snow
Shed. After exiting the highway, turn left
to go under the highway and park at the
rest area. Walk North alongside the
highway approximately 800m to the
trailhead marked by a few small cairns.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||0Km|
|Carpool Departure Time:||
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** Vancouver Transit Info
This relatively new hiking trail gives
easy access to the alpine below the
summits of Yak and Nak Peaks. To find the
trail, walk east up the onramp from the
Zopkios Ridge Rest Area and start counting
lampposts as you continue beside a
concrete divider. Near the fifth lamppost
a large stone cairn marks the beginning of
the trail. At first, the trail leads down
the embankment, crosses a creek which
flows here in the middle of a swampy
perimeter, and then enters the mature
forest. The trail climbs in the trees to
the tongue of a talus slope that drops
from near the start of the popular 'Yak
Crack' rock-climbing route. Cairns along
the far (west) side of the scree slope
mark the easiest ascent option. Climb to
the very top of the talus where a short
trail through heather gives access to the
very base of the magnificent granite face.
As you turn the corner and begin to
follow the trench between the wall and the
slide alder, watch for climbers overhead
who may accidentally dislodge small rocks.
The trench holds a stream during run-off
or after heavy rain. Short detours bypass
the wettest and waterfall-type sections.
The trail leads eventually away from the
wall, cuts up through some patches of
alder, and arrives at the base of a
separate small granite slab. This slab can
be friction climbed directly when the rock
is dry, or else, a swath exists through
krummholz to the left of the slab. Above
this section, the route follows an obvious
draw until it emerges near the foot of a
hanging basin. Several large cairns and
many ribbons on nearby trees mark this
spot. The route becomes sketchy from here
on up with the terrain wide open. So don't
proceed in whiteout conditions unless you
are very confident that you can find the
locality again on your descent. It is a
classic place where, once off-route going
down, you can get into a dangerous
A few more ribbons continue up through
the middle of the slope, touch a corner in
the vegetation, then lead toward the broad
ridge. (From here, if you turn east, it is
rambling along the ridge, over a hump, and
on to the summit of Nak Peak. There is no
trail but the few bushes do not pose much
of a problem). To gain the summit of the
closer Yak Peak, to the west, hikers must
be prepared to climb an intervening,
permanent snowfield safely. It is only
about 40m wide, but steep enough that a
short slip can result in serious injury.
Scrambling up steepish dirt and rock on
the north or side sometimes avoids the
snow (This snow field melted completely
during the later part of summers of 2001,
2004 and 2006). A short excursion leads
left from the col above the snow-patch to
the top of the false summit. The climbing
routes drop off below, below a gradually
steepening slope of rock and trees. For
the true summit, return to the broad col
and ascend via an easy scramble near the
edge of the trees. The north face of the
true summit is a spectacular vertical 500m
cliff, which should be treated with
caution, especially if a cornice is
The trail loses snow early because of
its sunny south aspect, and is often snow-
free by early June. It is only about two
to three hours up to the summit from the
cars. The trail can also be used to
provide access for a scramble to nearby
Guests wanting to go on this trip must
email the leader Rob
Brusse or phone him at (604) 224-0747
- Home, (604) 732-7730 - Work
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