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Crown mountain (via Dam Mountain / Beck trail, and rescue
Timestamp Free: 2019.05.21 - 15:52:30
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1500m
Participants: Richard Howard, Toby Jesso, Bruno
Difficulty: 2: Mostly trail, but some routefinding
Description of hike up Crown Mountain, and airlift rescue of sick hiker.
Leaving for Crown Mountain at 8a.m. for the daily workout, we chowed down on the number 5 and 7 at McDonalds and headed for the base of Grouse. We decided to take what we call the Beck trail named after a friend that has led us on many rewarding journeys and climbs. I believe I'm ok in referring to it as this, because in the last couple of years in many uses of this trail I have never come across anyone that has referred to it differently. In fact I have never come across any one on this trail yet it is rarely trodden and obviously was used frequently many years ago prior to watershed in the area.

 This trail can be found, if one ducks into the trees in the top north west corner of the Grouse mountain parking lot and slashes north over the tree that has crushed the chain link fence (150ft north) a hidden trail exists at the washout. Take the washout west until you see a faint trail. This trail travels west for 3/4 of a km and you are at the base of the Beck trail. The trail switch backs steeply at times to the top off Dam Mountain and contains a mixture of notches in trees. If your head is kept up you will have no problem in spotting the route.

 Dam Mountain was crested and we continued to hike north and dropped into the Crown/Dam saddle. This section is well marked and highly traveled. We then continued from Crown/Dam saddle towards the top of Crown Mountain but we came across a couple that was standing at the side of the trail that appeared indifferent, as the typical hellos and how you doings where exchanged. As we questioned how they where doing, her husband replied that his wife was a little dizzy but since she was a doctor they both felt things where OK and that they would travel on. Upon this information we too continued to travel up the steep root section...

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