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Puma South Peak Attempt in poor weather
Timestamp Free: 2020.04.05 - 16:43:30
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (1 days)
Participants: Robin Tivy, Bill Maurer, Steve Grant
Difficulty: 3:
Lots of details about how to get onto the Beverley Creek backcountry trail, and then the marvellous ramps.
It was raining and gray in Vancouver, but at 5:00 Saturday the phone rang, and an idea materialized - go up to the Whistler Olympic Park at Callaghan. Half our party wanted to skate ski, leaving Bill, Steve and I to go thrash around in the back country. As you may know, this year the people running the place are now charging only $10 for a car to park in the lot, which is a lot more reasonable than their previous unsuccessful policy of trying to charge $10/person. And because of this, they got extra customers for track skiing, since otherwise our whole group would have gone somewhere else.

So we met at the church at 7:00 and took three cars. It turned out there was one back country person in each car. And 2 people who had bought trail tickets online, for $22.00 each. When we got to the gate, we were wondering how they would regard a mixed party like ours. Would they try to charge every car the extra $10? If so, we would do a shuffle at the gate and put all back country into one car or just walk in, since every car had paying customers in it.

One thing I know from dealing with all authorities such as border guards, BC Ferries people, and Unemployment Insurnance agents in the 1960's when I had long hair is that you should shut up unless asked questions. And also learn certain important keywords that are on their forms, or in their training.

In our car was Chris Kubinski driving and Betsy. They didn't want to preplan, but just play it by ear. So Chris pulled up to the ticket booth, and himself raised the question about the back country skier (myself). And then said in a firm executive voice that we could always put me into another car, but that would be silly, wouldn't it?. Once the woman grasped the situation, she decided it wasn't necessary for us to go through...

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