The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

SNO-JAM-Alpaca via Zupjok Day Trip Ski / Snowshoe - Fri, Feb 1 2013

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The Basics:
Event Type:Snowshoeing
Event Location:Coquihalla Pass
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Feb 1 2013  6:30 AM
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jan 30 2013 9:00:00 PM
Event Duration:6-7 hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Rob Brusse
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
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To Alpaca via Llama & Zupjok Zopkios Col Total Distance:18. km (return) Plan is to meet at the Chevron Station Boundary (west side) & Dominion Rd for 6:30 Departure about a 2 hour drive to Zopkios rest area to Zupjok Estimated Time:5 hours Average Grade:13.2% Structure:Linear - Return Plan for this trip is to ascend via Zopkios/Zupjok col to North of Zupjok & proceed in ascending traverse over Llama to Alpaca....Those who want to (& depending on conditions) make a shorter day of it can stop & turnaround @ Zupjok or Llama while others proceed to Alpaca. Starting at the rest area, walk south along the highway. Near the point where the rest area on-ramp meets the highway is a creek and a culvert. After walking past the creek, turn right and head across a clearing/gravel area towards the forest. The start of the overgrown Ottomite Mountain Road is located here. You'll know you're on the right track when you see a large sign on a tree warning about unexploded avalanche control shells. Follow the road as it makes it's way towards the col north of Zupjok Peak. It takes a couple hours to reach Zupjok Peak, but once at this peak, the ridge beyond towards Llama and Alpaca is straightforward. The route is quite densely forested until just before Zupjok Summit, and after that it's quite open and heavily corniced (usually on ascender's right) in the winter. The ridge is wide and the cornices can be easily avoided. Continuing on via snowshoe to Llama and Alpaca is straightforward with only a few steeper, non-technical sections (possible avy risk in winter). There's a good place to winter camp in a pass between Zupjok and Llama that's fairly protected. The route is definitely recommended for it's scenery. Make sure you tell someone about your plans before you leave - the area is not traveled very often and Search and Rescue may assume that you've gone up the more popular Needle Peak on the opposite side of the highway.

Required Items to Bring:
Skis/ or snowshoes, Avi kit, lunch (headlamps some extra food etc)
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:Drive north from Hope on Highway 5 (Coquihalla Highway) to the Zopkios Ridge rest area (exit #217). about 2 hours from Boundary & Canada way meeting place. We'll be heading for & joining Sno-Jam in progress @ Coquihalla lakes resort on friday evening after the trip.....

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