It’s official. A coalition of backcountry groups has come together to start an Haute Route of the West Coast, and to help kick off their initiative they are hosting the Spearhead Soiree, a fundraiser event on Friday, November 25th at Performance Works on Granville Island in Vancouver. Pouring their hearts into this project, set in the breathtaking Spearhead Range behind Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, are the Whistler and Vancouver sections of the Alpine Club of Canada (ACC), the BC Mountaineering Club, and two memorial groups: the Kees and Claire Memorial Hut Society; and the Brett Carlson Memorial Group. The proposed three to four huts will span the legendary Spearhead Traverse, providing a safe haven for winter and summer backcountry travellers. The anticipated cost will be as much as $900,000.
Ski adventurer Greg Hill, known for clocking 2 million vertical feet in 2010, will be the keynote speaker of the evening, sharing his experience of establishing the speed record for the Spearhead Traverse . He has also skied all 11 of the Spearhead summits.
Jayson Faulkner, the chair of the Spearhead Committee and founder of ACC’s Whistler section, will give a presentation on the project, including its vision, timeline and financial needs.
The evening will also include live music, appetizers, a no-host bar, and a 50/50raffle. Attendees can also bid on items in a silent auction ranging from guided multi-day backcountry tours to art photography to gear from Arc’Teryx, Black Diamond, Arva, Petzl, Scarpa and Icebreaker.
Guests can purchase $100 or $40 tickets. One hundred dollars gets you a 7:00 pm entrance and appetizers, a drink ticket, a raffle ticket and a $60 tax receipt. Forty dollars gets you entrance at 8:00pm for the presentations.