The Vancouver 100


  • Full course: Out-and-back on the Baden Powell Centennial Trail plus a bit.
  • Registration is by accepted application only for all runners.
  • All distances are welcome and all members are welcome.
  • Challenge yourself to the hardest 100 km run in Canada (or maybe anywhere!).
  • Known as The Double in 2005.
  • 100km or less (or more), any custom distance is welcome. Additional distance is occasionally expected.
  • 99% trail, 100% fun, 112% challenge!
  • 16,300 feet vertical climb and 16.300 descent, out and back.
  • Bring your positive attitude and bear bells!
  • No wimps, no whiners, no hassles and you MUST know the course in advance.

When and Where?

  • Saturday June 1, 2013 - 5:00 am start.
  • Start and finish at Deep Cove, Panorama Park, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • See agenda for details on how to get there and course description.

Who is registered?

How Much?

  • Free for Club Fat Ass members ($50 for annual membership, $20 online or $25 cash single day membership)
  • To keep hassles on the morning of the run to a minimum and allow the host to prepare an exciting event for you that will run smoothly, applications will be accepted up until 2 weeks prior to the event for 50km+ runners and for all others up to 1 day in advance. We ask you to please sign up for the club membership and apply for an invitation for the event online and in advance.




Available For Pacing

Hi, due to injury I am available to pace from the 50k point tomorrow, it was planned to run the second half around 9 hour pace, I am however flexible.  If you would like some pacing let me know what time you plan to be at Nelson Canyon park and I will be there.  Otherwise I will be there from 1pm ready for action.



Spencer Sheinin's picture

Hey James, I'll be there

Hey James, I'll be there around 2-3 (total guess) and would love to be carried up (er, paced) up Black. Warning, I plan on going pretty slow tomorrow, so whatever works for you. Spencer


I will be at Nelson Canyon Park for 2pm, we a reasonable amount of enthusiasm going slow works for me, I want to some miles in for the Knee Knacker.  Cheers, James

Spencer Sheinin's picture

Hey James, I'll be there

Hey James, I'll be there around 2-3 (total guess) and would love to be carried up (er, paced) up Black. Warning, I plan on going pretty slow tomorrow, so whatever works for you. Spencer
hhlotfipour's picture

Ride from Cleavland Dam to Deep Cove Saturday

Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone lives near the Cleaveland Dam that I could catch a ride on Saturday monring to the Start in Deep Cove.  I am leaving my car at the Cleavland Dam for self-serve aid station and you are more than welcome to use my car for your aid at that point.  if anyone can please call me on my cell 778-837-9244.  

Thank you


hhlotfipour's picture

Have a ride to Deep Cove now thank you!

Hi all,

thank you to the folks who have responded to my inquiry.  Spencer has called me last and we have arranged the ride.  thanks again for your kind and generous offer.



Spencer Sheinin's picture

Ride to the cove

Good thing I called Sammy to organize a pickup.  I thought it was a 6am start.

Thanks Sammy!

Craig Moore's picture

... so ready!

Completed Cypress Bowl parking lot to Eagle Bluffs and back today. Very little blow down. Lots of well worn tracks in the snow. Some bare ground showing. Very little postholing. I would say the lowest snow year yet for the Vancouver 100. It was cloudy but not raining yay so no view at the bluffs for us (Dave, Deb, me, the persistent whisky jack and the indomitable raven). A good time was had by all especially on the brisk snow run back down to the bowl. Can't wait for the big day(s)... so ready! Good luck to all and a big thanks in advance to all the crews, pacers and other helpers.

kmoeller's picture

went out and did a nelson to

went out and did a nelson to cypress lodge return trip today. the trail along that section is all in decent shape. a few downed trees here and there and that's about it. the snow starts just past the part after eagle bluff where you head back into the trees. the section from there that heads to the top of black isn't too bad. the snow is wet but i wasn't postholing and flagging/markers are visible. the snow is low enough that you can even see the tops of the sign posts. the rocks at the top of black are just starting to peek through the snow.

oh, and i flagged the junction near horseshoe bay that splits off and heads to nelson canyon. i know that tripped some people up last year. besides, it's easy to miss it when you're cruising down that nice downhill. orange and yellow tape will tell you where to go.

Thanks Kyndra

After 3 Kneeknackers, a previous Van100 and countless training runs, somehow I still managed to miss that turn last year. Thanks for adding the marking!!! Much appreciated!

Did the same section this

Did the same section this morning and I confirm all your observations. Got really drenched by heavy rain, and very cold, quite a change after so many weeks of warm weather. I hope the nice weather returns!

kmoeller's picture

rain rain go away

yeah, it was pouring yesterday too! got a healthy dose of hail just before coming back down eagle bluff. nothing says good times like trying not to die descending those rocks and the boulder field when they're wet and slick.

Craig Moore's picture


Five of us were out on the upper Hollyburn section of the BP today for clearing and marking. In addition to what Andy said earlier about his outing with Sean, we've now flagged the entire route with green, pink, and black striped pink tape. If you can't find your way it will only be if someone removes the tape or you have your eyes closed. But watch out for the creek crossings and postholing because the snow is melting quickly and is still very unpredictable in spots.

Craig Moore's picture

Thanks for the update Andy.

Thanks for the update Andy. It looks like it will be a modest snow year after all.

Recon mission findings.

Sean and I headed out from the Cypress parking area today to scope out the state of the forested area up until the cross country trails. There's still plenty of snow but it's melting fast. Unlike the Hollyburn Chute, downed trees aren't much of a problem through here, it's the uneven, postholey surface that will give you misery. The creek crossings, of course, were probably the toughest bits to navigate. I took a couple pictures of the crossings to give you an idea of how things are looking. Bringing poles along would be a good idea through this section, I didn't have mine and Sean with his poles had me green with envy.

Just for fun, we went and bagged Hollyburn. The cross country trails are pretty much runnable.

And since we were there already, we went and bagged Black as well. The trail up Black, although still covered in wet snow, is in fine shape.

(Apparently I'm some kind of idiot and I can't figure out how to post photos. Click the link if you want to see some creek crossings... http://www.flickr.com/photos/78144420@N04/sets/72157633499609335/detail/ )

Craig Moore's picture

Clear to top of Chute

I finished cleaning branches from blow downs to the top of Hollyburn Chute today. It's still messy but the extra flagging I put in near the top will help us find our way. I counted 60 trees down on the Chute alone. The snow is still quite heavy on the upper portion.

Andrew Wong and I are planning a BP trail clearing day on Saturday May 18. We're meeting at 9:00 am at the Cypress Bowl parking lot by the downhill ski runs and working on the upper Hollyburn forest area. If you're interested in joining us feel free and let me know if you need a ride. I figure we'll be out several hours so come prepared. If you have a chainsaw it would be welcome.

Photo is by the cutoff to the Blue Gentian trail on the Hollyburn Chute. Taken May 15, 2013.


Really appreciate the effort you've put in craig! 

kmoeller's picture

thanks so much for your hard

thanks so much for your hard work, craig! i'm feeling a smidge less nervous about getting lost and succumbing to the elements in that section now, ha.

kmoeller's picture

hollyburn chute

started from cleveland yesterday with the intention of making it to the turn-off towards cypress from the cross country section. andy mentioned that the upper part of hollyburn chute was in pretty rough shape- yep, downed trees everywhere. the snow also starts a fair bit lower down than last year. i didn't even make it out onto the cross country section because i got lost. ended up following some tracks in the snow that took me to gentian. gave up on trying to navigate my way up a little further and headed back. maybe 3 weeks will be enough time to melt a fair bit of that snow? it was actually quite warm up there.

I'm planning on a little

I'm planning on a little recon mission on Thursday from the Cypress parking lot to the top of the chute. I shall dutifully report my findings. If anyone wants to come along, speak up.

I'm down

Count me in. 

Craig Moore's picture

Thanks for the report Kyndra.

Thanks for the report Kyndra. I've already spent 2 days clearing the chute and have arranged a request to West Van to get out the chainsaw... I counted 47 trees across the trail so far. Hoping to get out for another couple of days and will report on the upper treed section of Hollyburn as well. I think there are lots more trees down this year than in 2006.

Vancouver 100 - 2012

Only 4 1/2 months to go..... :)

David Crerar's picture

via Suspension Bridge, right?

it is the pure Baden Powell Trail, rather than the Kneeknacker Route, right?

Sibylle's picture




Pure BP?

So last year I followed the "Pure BP Signs" all the way to the damned Ferry Terminal. And then had to run back along the highway to Nelson Creek. Just sayin'!

Ran Cypress over Black Mt on Wednesday - course conditions

 Sammy and I parked at Cypress and took the BP over Black and down most of the way to Nelson's Creek on Wednesday. There is still bamboo course marking on the way to the top of the ski area, which is simple to follow. There is heavy snow all the way from the parking lot up. The snow was not bad to run in on Wednesday - no bad postholing and soft enough to get some traction. No telling what yesterday's rains and the warmer temperatures might do to the snow for Saturday, however. There are BP markings that can be spotted for most of the way and a couple sets of footprints, so route finding shouldn't be too hard. Certainly it is runnable-skidable downhill, but there is a lot of sliding. Kind of fun, in fact. 

It will be an interesting and beautiful day tomorrow!

Chasentrails's picture

Car shuttle for 50K

 I was planning on running the 50K, and was curious what the best option is for getting back to the start.  Figured I would leave the car at Deep Cove.  Any suggestions?  Carpool interests.  Would be willing to follow someone out to Nelson Canyon in the morning and shuttle back to the start.  Or is there enough people out doing the 50K that I should be able to thumb a ride back?

Craig Moore's picture

Applying to this event

For the 100km people, please remember that I need you to sign up well before the event so we can all be organized. If you're in the mood for something less than 100km you're also welcome to sign up and you can even wait until the last day to do so. I'm expecting less snow than usual on the course this year but you won't know unless you join us for the fun!

Ryan Conroy's picture

Planning to do it

Hey Craig:


I'm planning to do the full 100 this year - so long as I can make it back from my vacation in time.

We are just finalising plans now - I'll sign up as soon as I know for sure.  Not really up to me more up to the woman at this point.



Jason Eads's picture

Sounds like a real challenge, just right for 2010!


I sent you a note on FB about this event for 2010. I'd sure like to join you nut-jobs in BC for this one this year. I also plan to be there for STORMY 100, which I know isn't a CFA event, but I figure I might see a lot of you all in that one too.

AWESOME event you've got planned here!


Craig Moore's picture

of Olympic proportions

you might says it's a challenge of Olympic proportions. Hope to see you here.

Jason Eads's picture

Yes, indeed!

I plan to see you there! 

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