Richmond still learning to park

6 09 2015

You know you’re in Richmond when… your amble towards the yummy cake shop is interrupted by the clang of Honda CR-V meeting previously vertical signpost.

I prefer “askew” to “bent” myself

Offspring No. 2 and I were looking to finish off our visit to the Britannia Shipyard in Steveston, Richmond with a sticky bun and a cup of tea when there was the pained crunch of car meets post. We turned in time to see the driver pause after making a less than stellar reversing manoeuvre, then simply driving off into the sunset. (Metaphorically – it was mid afternoon). Unlike the post in my other Richmond parking story, this pole was not on a spring and stayed bent after its forced meeting with the CR-V

Not sure the driver even knew they’d left city property a little worse for wear…


Zoom zoom. Oh wait – that’s Mazda

So here’s another vehicle in the Richmond area worth not parking near!


Further tales of Richmond woe here.

Sabre Jet Engine Hike – the technical details

27 07 2015

So I realised I’d not shared the gory technical details of the route we’d taken yesterday to find the J-47 General Electric jet engine up on Grouse.

The engine itself can be found with a GPS at: N49° 22.050′ W123° 04.702′ at an elevation of 793m

Basically you need to hack straight up the Skyline Trail (we reached it by first hiking the BP Trail to the east from the use car-park, but you can access it via Skyline Drive, or by hiking the powerline trail). It begins at N49° 21.507′ W123° 04.794′.

Head straight up the obvious track, following the pipeline and at N49° 21.911′ W123° 04.760′, you take a clear, obvious trail to the east and follow it as it gradually comes north to run parallel to the Skyline Trail. The engine is on this path, and there is absolutely no need to bushwack. After the engine, continue on the path, heading north. There’s a couple of forks, but stay on the more obvious path (to the left in all case) and rejoin the Skyline at N49° 22.112′ N123° 04.740′.

Continue up the Skyline Trail until you emerge at the bottom of the Screaming Eagle ski run at N49° 22.272′ W123° 04.736′. From here, head straight up the ski run, following the chair lift, until you come to the track heading over to the BCMC. This obvious turn to the left is at N49° 22.587′ W123° 04.802′. From here, you just follow the track, past the top of the BCMC trail and over the rock to follow the pipeline back to the chalet.

It’s about 6.4km in all, if you start with the BP Trail leg. If you want to try a much less travelled route up Grouse, you could definitely do a lot worse!

Ascent profile - BP Trail; Skyline Trail

Ascent profile – BP Trail; Skyline Trail

Topo map of the BP Trail/Skyline Trail

Topo map of the BP Trail/Skyline Trail

Google Earth - 3D view

Google Earth – 3D view

Grouse Ascent 2015 No. 9

26 07 2015

Route: BP Trail/Skyline Trail

Time: 3:23:32

Well, the time is pretty irrelevant on this one… I hardly took the direct route!

Starting at the car-park, Mrs E. and I headed east along the BP Trail for an hour or so to the Skyline Drive road. From here, we headed straight up the hill (and I mean Straight. Up.) We were actually trying to find the remaining parts of a General Electric J-47 jet engine from a crashed US F-86 Sabre that hit Grouse in 1954, killing its 25 year old pilot. We took the Skyline Trail most of the way up, then took a detour to the east so that we could visit the engine, which is now a kind of memorial to the dead pilot.

That makes 40 recorded ascents… but for some reason the Grouse Grind Tracker is only counting 39, despite logging all 40. Perhaps it’s smart enough to know I didn’t really do the Grind, so it’s disallowing the exceptionally long time.

When we got back to the car-park, one of the pay meters was still broken, so I told a guy about to begin the Grind that he was wasting his time continually pressing all the buttons. He was in luck though – I’d paid for an “all day” ticket, as I didn’t know how long we were going to be. He might as well continue to make use of it since we were leaving. He seemed disproportionately pleased with his good fortune, and headed off to the Grind in particularly high spirits.