Flash - Snowshoe for the Haggis - 2012

4 Feb 2012 12:00
4 Feb 2012 23:00
North Vancouver, BC Canada


What: A snowshoe trek of approximately 10 kms followed by a full-on traditional Robbie Burns celebration with elements of poetry, music, address to the haggis, feasting, and drinking of Scotch whisky. 

Why: Because when we had a run for the haggis a couple years ago, the haggis almost got away, and last year the beastie made it from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove before we caught up with it!

Who: Anyone who can walk with big feet and stay awake long enough to party afterwards.

The Trek:  The trek will start at the North Shore Rescue SAR Station, Mount Seymour.  The building is just to the North (left) of the Ski Patrol Building.  Listen for the bagpipes to guide you there.  The route will take us up to Brockton Point via the winter access trail.  From there the more ambitious can bag First Pump and then return.  We will then follow the crest of Suicide Bluffs down to Dog Mountain and then follow the Dog Mtn trail out to the parking lot.  Winter kilts are appropriate attire for the trek.

The Burns Party: Start at 6:00 pm at my house in Lynn Valley. Potluck style. Please bring an appie or desert as well as your bagpipes, guitar or harmonica and an appetite for boiled guts and oatmeal in a sheep's stomach. Please also pair up with another couple of participants to buy a nice bottle of whisky for the tasting (bonus points if it is an Islay Malt). Wear your kilt if you have one and at least a good fake Scottish accent if you don't. If you play an instrument suitable for a ceilidh, bring it. 

May be prizes for the most appropriate attire and best poetry reading!

* Special Event Rider: The Burns Party is not vegetarian friendly. If you are easily offended by eating sheep innards, consumption of alcohol and singing of bawdy songs then this event is not for you! As Robbie Burns put it:

Wantonness for ever mair,
Wantonness has been my ruin
Yet for a' my dool and care,
It's wantonness for ever!
I hae lov'd the Black, the Brown,
I hae lov'd the Fair, the Gowden:
A' the colours in the town
I hae won their wanton favour.

Entry: There is no fee and you don't need to be a member of Club Fat Ass to participate in a Flash event, however whining is not allowed. To allow us to plan the ride and the dinner, please

register here.

You are responsible for your own well being and safety and should be self sufficient.

Please read the Release of All Claims. By participating in this event you agree to its terms.


Thoughts for traditional potluck dishes:

Appies.  Walnut Oakcakes.  Scottish smoked salmon. 

Main course.  Cock-a-Leekie soup, champit tatties, bashed neeps. 

Desert.  Caledonian Cream, Cranachan, Edinburgh Fog. Scotch Trifle.  Scottish shortbread.



Ean Jackson's picture

Wonderful day!

Perfect weather for a snowshoe search-and-rescue mission mission to find the beastie.  A massive haggis for dinner.  An impressive selection of spirits to kill the taste.  A wonderful evening of music with a great group of people.

Thank you for a fine adventure and (Allan) for the loan of your kilt!

David Crerar's picture

Thank you to Allan & Trish for the brilliant adventure and music

Photos now uploaded to CFA flickr site.

I tagged them 'Snowshoehaggis2012' and 'Snowshoehaggis'

Ean Jackson's picture

Splitsies and a Skirt?

I have been challenged by the host to wear a kilt during the search for the elusive haggis up on Mount Seymour.  Alas, I have no kilt.  My wife has offered to let me use one of her skirts, but I fear that would not be good form.  Would you have a kilt to loan me on Saturday for the snowshoe run?

Also, protocol suggests that one bring Scotch whisky to a Burns party.  Alas, my cellar runneth dry since the Baggers Banquet.  Anyone want to split a bottle?


Ean Jackson's picture


Ken and I are contributing a bottle.  If anyone else wants to go splitsies, we can get a better bottle.  Current thoughts include:  Islay Bowmore ($60), Laphroaig ($75).


Ryan Conroy's picture


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