The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section
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)

Event Leader(s): 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

Write Up:
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 Blackcomb 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!

Ian Ferguson

Brad, Lisa and Andrew booting up Blackcomb Mountain (photo: Ian Ferguson)

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