Teare Mt. (McBride) Updated March 5th 2014

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Teare Mt. (McBride) Updated March 5th 2014

Postby Fred Wilson » Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:34 am

Site Name: Teare Mt. (McBride) Revised March 5th 2014

Direction of Launch: E and W . . . . . . . . Site Suitable for: HG & PG
Type of Site: Mtn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Type of Flying: Ridge, Thermal, Other: Wave
Elevation Launch: 4330’ & 6250’ asl . . , GPS Launch: N 53°19'21.25" W 120°04'39.00"
Elevation Airport LZ: 2385’ asl . . . . . . . GPS Lz: N 53°18'48.65" W 120°10'03.40"
Site Regulation: Informal . . . . . . . . . . .. HPAC Insurance recommended
(USHPA Membership and Insurance for US Residents )
XC Potential: Excellent. 100 + Spectacular Kms.

Location: Central British Columbia Canada: http://www.hellobc.com/mcbride.aspx
McBride is 167 Km West of Jasper National Park in Alberta on Hwy # 16 W.
McBride is 402 Km North of Kamloops BC on Hy #5. - The Yellowhead Highway.

View of the primary launch at Teare Mt - the west facing TO, hidden by the Canadian Flag, as seen from McBride.


Flying Season: Assign value 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4 (highest)
Spring 4 . . . . Summer 4 . . . . Fall 3 . . . . Winter 0-1 (Snowmobile or Heli in.)

HPAC Skill Level Recommendations: Student, Nov., Int. or Adv.
Mild Conditions: Nov. . . . . Moderate Conditions: Int. . . . . Strong Conditions: Adv

Vehicle / Transportation Requirements:
Any Vehicle: 1/2 way . . . . Rugged 2-WD: yes
- Ignore the 4WD Sign: the road has been improved.

Description of Launch:
1/2 way Launch is rated Intermediate.,
The 3/4 Launch is rated Advanced and the top launches are suitable for beginners.
Two lower launches are accessible by vehicle.
The lower E launch is flat, tricky and off a road into a steep gully. (Used mostly in spring.)
The 3/4 launches (west and south facing) are much improved.
- It is a good cleared steep slope out of the back end of a gully.


The upper launches at 6750’ cover all directions except North off Teare Mt's Alpine Meadows accessed by a long 1 km hike NE from the old parking lot
(40 min. hike with a HGer / 20 mins with a PGer.)

The E launch is a gravel slope. There is a long, gradual slope before the mountain drops away under you.
(The road from the parking lot has been blocked to preserve alpine meadows.)
The W. launch, 500’ lower than the E. launch at the first corner on the trail from the parking lot, has a 12 Km ridge (with LZ’s below.)
- This is the most commonly used launch.

Directions to Launch:
Driving south from McBride after crossing the bridge over the Fraser River, Turn left on Rainbow Creek Road.
Take the left fork up the Teare Mt Lookout, Road (at Mt. View Cross Rd.)
1/2 “Halfway” launch is 2000’ AGL.

Times to Fly: All day.

Soaring Information and Weather Notes:
For your HAGAR Canadian Airspace information, see: http://www3.telus.net/cschwab/viewer/ca ... space.html

Site opens about the 3d week in May. With most wind directions covered you will get off.
Mid Summer stability (August) is your best bet for flying / seeing some of the finest scenery in the world. A must-fly-site.

This primary West Launch is the most common launch to use for XC’s
a) East towards Mt Robson Provincial Park
b) South to Valemount.
c) North West towards Prince George BC
d) North towards Upper Fraser BC

View from McBride looking North up the Robson Valley. (Additional Tourism Planning Information.)


Robson Valley Scenery.


Scenic views of Mt Robson (at 12,972’ the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies) from
the summit of McBride Peak which is over 7500’ (which is rarely clear of its cloud cap.)
(Mt Fairweather is the highest in BC and Mt. Logan is the highest in Canada.)

Mumm Basin in Robson Provincial Park, with Mt Robson in the background.


Description of LZ:
160 acre field at the bottom of the Mt. on N side of the Fraser River.
The McBride Airport may be OK to use with prior arrangements. The McBride Airport is on 123.200 Mhz Airband.

Directions to LZ:
Very large 160 field at the bottom of the Mt. on N side of the Fraser River.
No vehicles in the designated area. No shortage of Alternate LZ’s.

The McBride Airport LZ can be seen in the Bottom Right Corner of this picture:


Top launches are top landable for PGers.
- Slope and Ground is uneven so HGers need to scout out top landing.

Do not land in Canada’s National Parks- such as Jasper National Park.
Current information is that it is OK to land in Mt Robson Provincial Park if necessary. 100k flights are possible.

Soaring Information and Weather Notes:

1/2 way and 3/4 launches are not suitable for novices.
Upper launches are just fine - even for high flights in good conditions.

Other Information:
Radio Frequency 123.400 Mhz (Aircraft) & 173.640 Mhz Local Club frequency: 146.415

Ambulance: 1-800-461-9911

FIC Advanced Weather Briefing and HAGAR Notification:
1-866-WXBRIEF (1-866-992-7433) French service: 1-866-GOMETEO (1-866-466-3836)

McBride Accommodations Guide

Picnic site at 1/2 way site. Outhouse at Lookout station / upper launch (visible from town.)
A great place to hike into for overnight camping / flying.
Pack more than one camera or you will soon wish you had a Panorama or telephoto lens... much more handy.

A potential new east facing launch overlooking Tete La Jeune BC, just north of Valemount.


Site Records:
Altitude Gain: . . . . Duration: . . . . Open Distance: . . . .
Dog Leg: 80 Km to Mt. Jasper then to Valemont.
Out & Return: . . . . Triangle: . . . . Race to Goal:

Mount Mica's west facing ridge, just south of the Hyw 14 turn off to Jasper National Park Alberta:


Primary Local Contacts . . . . . . . . . . .Regulating Body: Central Interior Luftwaffe
PG: Ben Blikstra . . . . Tel. 250-562-2634 Email: benblixrud@hotmail.com
HG: Gary Nesbit . . . . Tel. 250-562-2292
PG: Willie Rens . . . . . willyrens@gmail.com Address: Box 18 Valemount, B.C. V0E 2Z0
PG: Sigrid Vermeulen . . 250-566-9196 Cell: 250-566-4122
. . ..Work: 250-566-4401 Email: siorwi@telus.net
PG: Rick McDonald . . . mcdonald@vis.bc.ca or at Yellowhead Helicopters

Northern Interior Pilot Contacts, See the: Central Interior Luftwaffe
Northern Interior HPAC Insured (and Active) Pilot Contacts
See: http://www.hpac.ca/pub/?pid=193&club=Ce ... ortBy=City

Airport LZ Landowner Contact Information:
Village of McBride Email: http://www.mcbride.ca/admin/index.php?page=contact
100 Robson Centre, Box 519 McBride, BC. V0J 2E0
Phone 1-250-569-2229
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