Ascend Summer Hiking Series 2013

Now that the snow is beginning to melt and summer is just around the corner we are hoping to get everyone of our members and their families out hiking up some of the local mountain peaks and to some of the remote mountain lakes.  We will be doing two hikes a month and ending with an optional overnight hike at Pierce Lake/Mt MacFarlane.   Please register online or with your fitness coaches so we can have an accurate idea of how many will be attending all of the hikes.  

Tuesday June 25th: Orientation to Hiking.  Meet at Mt. Waddington’s at 6:40 pm (5643 Vedder Rd) to learn the ‘ins and outs’ of hiking from our local expert- Sam Waddington.  He will show you what to bring, what to wear… and what not to wear!  Mt. Waddington’s in Chilliwack is also generously giving all participants registering for each a great discount so you can go out and purchase any of your new gear or hiking shoes at one of the coolest new stores in Chilliwack!

June 15th- Elk Mountain.  Meet at the studio at 10am or the trail head at 10:30.  There will be two groups going up- runners and hikers.  This hike is a ‘staple’ in the Chilliwack Valley.  It is approximately 8 km long (round trip) with an elevation gain of 800m.  Easy to get to… and a great workout!
June 29th – Lindeman Lake/Green Drop Lake — Meet at the Ascend Fitness studio at 10:00 am to carpool or meet at the trail head at 11:00 am.  One of the classic hikes in Chilliwack and a beautiful lake.  This hike is 3.4 km long and for the group that travels to Green Drop Lake is 10.4 km.  The elevation gain is 215 meters and 365 meters respectively.  Register Now!
July 14th– Grouse Grind — Meet at the Ascend Fitness studio at 10:00 am to carpool or meet at the trail head at 11:30 am.  This famous hike is short in distance, but the elevation gain for the hike is 853 meters over just 2.9 km!  This is a tough hike, but very rewarding upon reaching the top.  The fastest official time is 25:01 by men and 31:04 if anyone is up for the challenge!  Register Now!
July 28th– Radium Lake — Meet at the Ascend Fitness studio at 8:00 am to carpool to the trail   The bridges on this hike have been repaired just this year and is expected to be another great hike in the local area.  This hike is 15 km in length with an elevation gain of 910 meters.  Register Now!
August 10th– Mt. Slesse — Meet at the Ascend Fitness studio at 10:00 am to carpool or the trail head at 11:00 am.  This is the location that TCA Flight #810 crashed landed.  There is a plaque near the top to honor those who passed area in the crash.  For those wishing to continue on to the propeller site we may continue to that site adding another two hours onto the hike.  The hike is 8 km in distance with an elevation gain of 460 meters.  Register Now!
August 24th and 25th – Mt MacFarlane — Meet at the Ascend Fitness studio at 6:00 am on August 24th to carpool to the base of the hike.  We will have two options for everyone, for those who want to come on the hike and do a day hike and those who wish to set up camp at Pierce Lake and then summit to mountain the next day.  The hike is a 21 km trek to the top of Mt MacFarlane.  For those only wishing to go to Pierce Lake the hike is 16 km.  The elevation gain on this hike is 1040 meters.  Register Now!
Huge THANK YOU to Sam at Mt. Waddington’s in Chilliwack for also be sponsoring our Ascend Fitness Summer Hiking Series!  Sam has generously offered all members registering for the hike a coupon for $25 off on any purchase over $100.  Coupons will be distributed to members upon signing up.

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