The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Women's Intro to Mountaineering - Sat, Jun 18 2016

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PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
Event Type:Mountaineering
Event Location:Mt. Baker
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 18 2016  8:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Sun, May 1 2016 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:3 Days
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Leader(s): Soleil Onoya
Marlaina Rhymer
Jill Kennedy
You must be logged in to get the Event Leader contact information.
Member Cost:$50.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 9 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

NOTE: THIS IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE BASIC MOUNTAINEERING COURSE! We strongly recommend taking that course on top of joining our trip ☺

This trip is designed for women with little or no mountaineering experience. It's ideal if you're in pretty good shape, physically, but no need to be a superstar athlete.

The purpose of this trip is to put into practice basic mountaineering skills. Our exact route and objective is still a bit up in the air since it'll depend on conditions, weather etc., but it'll probably be the Coleman- Deming route on Mount Baker, or something similar.
The itinerary will look something like this:

Tuesday, May 24: (Pre-Trip Info Session)
  • To be held at Mahony & Sons - Stamps Landing
  • Bring your backpack and gear to this session! We will review what to pack and how to select it (e.g. if you're thinking of buying or renting, or trying to decide which jacket to pack), how to pack your bag, how to fit crampons to your boots, and all other things gear-related
  • We'll also go over some of the basic knots and how we will tie in to the rope when on the mountain (this will be reviewed again on the actual trip)
*NOTE: if some folks cannot make this date, we may run a second session a week prior to or after*

Saturday, June 18: (Approach)
  • Meet in the morning and carpool to the trailhead
  • Go over last-minute questions about gear, the itinerary, and some safety considerations
  • Approach to "base camp" on the mountain (likely 3-4 hours hike)
  • Set up camp and practice winter/snow camping

Sunday, June 19 (Mountaineering Day School)

Skills practice day which will cover...
  1. Ice axe self arrest
  2. Team arrest
  3. Walking in crampons
  4. The "rest step"
  5. Breathing techniques
  6. "Roping up" and traveling roped
  7. Communication protocol
  8. Basic hazard identification
  9. Other topics, as time permits

Monday, June 20 (Summit Day!)
  • Early alpine start and summit
  • Apply your skills!
  • Take pictures, revel in victory, post to Instagram (haha)
  • Head back to the trailhead and go home
You are expected to have your own gear and equipment. We will email you later what group gear will be provided and what can be rented at a minimal cost through MEC. There will also be permit fees to enter Mt. Baker and carpool costs :-)

***REVISED "Registration" opens April 4th 2016. At this time we'll release a questionnaire for you to complete. ***

1) Between Monday, April 4th and Sunday, May 1st, register online and your name will automatically be added to the "Waiting List" while the organizer reviews your registration information (YOU ARE REQUIRED TO FILL OUT THE FORM HERE). Be sure to answer all the trip planning questions when prompted.

2) After May 1st, the organizer(s) will review everyone's responses and, in case there are more participants on the Waiting List than the maximum, select women to participate. If you are selected, you will be notified on or before Monday, May 9th.

3) Once you've been notified, your name will be placed in the "Signup List" and will be prompted to pay the trip fee ($50).

4) You will have until Monday, May 16th to complete your payment. After payment has been confirmed, your name will remain in the "Signup List" and a confirmation email will be sent to you. Otherwise, we will remove your name and select a different candidate from the Waiting List to take your spot.

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We've drafted up a gear list here for your reference, but we will definitely go over any gear questions you may have at the pre- trip info session. In the meantime, if you have any other questions please don't hesitate to email Soleil, Jill or Marlaina.

A little about Jill, Marlaina and Soleil:
We call ourselves Girls & Mountains. We are three ACC members who are wildly enthusiastic about mountaineering, and consider leadership, team-building and empowerment of other women through mountain climbing to be our most important values. If you want to know more, you can check us out at

Required Items to Bring:
Helmet, Harness, Ice Axe, Boots, Crampons, 1 short and 1 long prusik, 2 locking biners, 2 non-locking biners. See full gear list here.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:TBD
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Km
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Vancouver Transit Info

- Registration is not complete until you've signed up and, if required, paid in full to the Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Section, either through PayPal, or sent to the Event Leader.
- When a minimum group size appears, this is to let you know that the event will be cancelled with refunds to those who have already paid, if the minimum number of registered participants is not met.
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$50.00/Person
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the ACC VA on Sun, May 1 2016.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Etiquette Guidelines!
Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!

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