This week I decided to knock out three summits in one day in North Vancouver. Crown Mountain (VE7/GV-005), Goat Mountain (VE7/GV-010), and Mt. Fromme (VE7/GV-008) were the objectives. Each summit is 4 points, and for kicks I did the whole thing without using the Grouse mountain tram, which meant doing the ‘Grouse Grind’ up 850m of grades up to 58%, then descending into Crown Pass before climbing another 500m back up to the summit of Crown Mountain. From there I went back into the pass then climbed up another 300m to Goat Mountain before heading down Thunderbird Ridge towards Pipeline Pass and then up to Mt. Fromme. A 900m descent back down to the road and a 3km run to the car were all that was left.
The weather was foul, though the VHF conditions were fair. Being a light and fast day I opted to stick with a 2m/70cm HT and forego the HF equipment. 17 contacts later (one of them 105Km away in Washington State) and I was able to bag all three summits for 12 points.
Total distance: 22.4 Km
Elevation gain/loss: 2,642m
Total time: 10 hours 18 minutes
Calories burned: 8,232
Gels consumed: 6
Deer sighted: 1
Hailstorms endured: 2
For more pictures and a full report check out the blog post: A North Vancouver Triple-Header | Summits and Radios