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Sat, Jan 18 2014, Thu, Jan 16 2014, Sun, Jan 19 2014, Sat, Jan 25 2014, Sun, Jan 26 2014 - Ski Touring and Glacier Travel Skills (View Original Event Details)|
Martin Siegert, Brad Schalles, Saar Moisa, Mark Snaterse, Benoit Waller, Kyle Armstrong
|Participants:||Ian Ferguson, Richard Polanski, Katherine Johnston, Amy, Tom Herbert, Johnny Jimenez, Nancy Ellis, Lisa R, Spartak K, Wayne Pattern, Andy Jackson, Lisa Langford, Dave Lee|
Recently I had the opportunity and pleasure of participating in the ACCís annual Glacier Travel
and Ski Mountaineering course. For those who do not know, the course is focused on trip
leading, avalanche rescue, navigation, orienteering, winter camping, glacier travel, and
crevasse rescue skills. It was an amazing overview of the many important skills critical to a
safe and enjoyable backcountry ski trip.
We had a great group of a dozen like-minded backcountry enthusiasts and everyone got
along remarkably well. People came from a variety of backgrounds and stages in life, which
really complimented each other and contributed to one fantastic group overall.
Our first weekend we played around in the Coquihalla Summit area and the weather
could not have been more perfect. The Coquihalla Lakes Lodge provided a surprisingly
luxurious home for us outfitted with a wood stove, full kitchen, and enough beds for everyone
to sleep on! Turned out I didnít need to bring my stove, sleeping pad, or half the camping
gear I was expecting to need. The group leaders Ben, Mark, and Kyle graciously taught us
numerous important points on trip leading, avalanche rescue, navigation, and orienteering; all
of which we got to implement and practice in the field (including more than one avalanche
rescue scenario!). It was great to review so many important aspects of safe backcountry travel.
The second weekend we winter camped (more like spring camped) in the
backcountry and once again the weather could not have been better. Our days were warm and
the evenings were mild. It was a great opportunity to learn from Saar, Martin, and Brad on
everything they knew about winter camping, crevasse rescue, snow anchors, and safe glacier
travel while roped up. I could not believe how quickly our days passed as each was full of
practical field teaching and practice. Certainly I also went through a lot of sunscreen!
For anyone who loves backcountry skiing this course is a necessity! It provided a well-
balanced overview of almost everything needed to effectively lead a backcountry ski trip. I am
thrilled to have had the opportunity to participate and I hope you seriously consider taking
the course next year!
Brad, Lisa and Andrew booting up Blackcomb Mountain
(photo: Ian Ferguson)
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