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Teenagers on Mount Roach
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.05 - 04:08:41
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Cantilever Range
  (5 days)     Elevation Gain: 2400m
Participants: Lucien Power, 16 Waldorf students, Fred Touche
Difficulty: 2: Bushwhack and scramble up to Class 3.
A high school trip into the Stryen Creek drainage, which included a climb of Mount Roach via its long southwest ridge.
This would be the third time that I would lead a group of Waldorf high-school students into the mountains. The previous trips in 2005 and 2006 had been to Garibaldi Park. This time around we were going into the lower Stein River drainage.

For many years, my vision of teenagers had been that they were all just a uniform blob of trouble. You see them hanging around 7-11 stores, vandalizing bus shelters, partying into the night, and transforming parks into garbage dumps. But according to this school's website: "In addition to imparting knowledge, the school's intention is to foster in children a sense of reverence and respect for life."

Now which of these two visions would come to pass?

Day 1 - Teenagers on the trail
The approximately 65 Grade 9-12 students had been split into three groups. The advanced group, led by Gordon White, was going to do the truncated Stein traverse from Blowdown Pass to the Lytton trail head. Gordon being the author of the Stein Valley Wilderness Guidebook has detailed knowledge of this area. The beginner group was going to do an excursion into the valley from the Lytton trailhead and return via the same route. I was given the intermediate group and told to take them up Stryen Creek and do something there. Stryen Creek flows into the Stein River near the Lytton trailhead so we would start and end our trip at the same location as the beginner group.

I could see worried looks in some of the parents' faces as we loaded gear into yellow school buses at the North Vancouver campus of this school. As we cruised up the Fraser Valley and Fraser Canyon, I got to know Lucien Power who was one of the two teachers assigned to our group. He had just moved from England to teach math and science at the Waldorf school.

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