The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Ski Mountaineering Skills and Mentorship Course** - Joint ACC and VOC Event! - Fri, Mar 16 2018

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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:Skiing
Event Location:Russett Lake Hut
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Mar 16 2018  8:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 9 2018 11:55:00 PM
Event Duration:3 Days
Difficulty Rating:D3: Difficult
Event Leader(s): Zack Wentz
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, All Ages Welcome
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: 1 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

Hello all stoked winter shredders! Have you been touring all winter long and been hitting the same touring objectives for the last couple months? Or have you ever thought about how you can blend your two favorite activities (climbing and skiing) into one glorious adventure smorgasboarg? Or on those sunny days, have you looked in awe at mountains such as Mount Baker, the Tantalus Range, and Fissile Mountain to only dream of doing some lines back there in winter? Well if so, today's your lucky day! Join me as your lead instructor, as well as a total of 4 other VOCers and 4 ACCers, to discuss the skills involved in ski mountaineering! Topics in this clinic will include:

-Traveling in glaciated terrain on skis -Movement skills in ski mountaineering, including: bootpacking, 4th class terrain management, rappelling into couloirs, etc -Ski mountaineering transitions -Snowpack assessment techniques -Routefinding, navigation and tour planning

For a detailed cirriculum and itinerary, please email me with your questions, as it is difficult to insert a Google Drive link into this website framework. Thank you!

Beyond the cirriculum discussed above, I'd like this trip to be an opportunity for us to grow within our Vancouver mountain community at-large by inviting this event to be collaborative with the UBC Varsity Outdoors Club (VOC). In addition, I aim to accept 2 men and 2 women from each club to participate in this trip. The aim here is to provide a linkage within our clubs' communities, as well as encourage development of skills and leadership amongst the whole club demographic.

If you aren't familiar with who I am in the VOC and/or ACC, I've been around for a number of years in the VOC and have started to do more trips with the ACC. My list of credentials are extensive, however I won't bore you with them all, so if you wish to learn more about me, feel free to check out my website here:

For the purpose of this trip however, I may note that I am an AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide & CAA Affiliate Member, have taken my AMGA Ski Guides Course, and plan to take my AMGA Alpine Guides Course this spring.

**Note: This trip is NOT a guided trip AND the terrain I plan to instruct in is not within my guiding terrain guidelines. While I have extensive experience with steep splitboarding and winter ski mountaineering, I am no way qualified to provide a similar experience as to a guide certified to operate in this terrain. Please take this information into consideration when applying to this course; and if you'd rather take a course from a certified guide, please email me for a list of recommended providers.**

The goal of this trip is to arm you with the skills to be able to organize and be an active participating member of a team to one of the following locations (Tantalus Range, Mt. Rainier, Mount Baker, etc).

Also to mention, I plan this trip to be 2 seperate weekends, the first weekend discussing skills based out of the Russett Lake Hut in the Whistler backcountry, followed by a future long weekend trip in one of the locations shown in the pictures above.

Pre-Reqs: Due to high demand and limited overall group size (8 people total; 4 from the ACC), I am accepting applications by those most motivated to gain these skills and give back to the club. The pre-trip application and form is provided to you on the signup tools once you sign up to be considered for this trip. Before submitting an application and signing up however, below are the trip pre-requisites:

-AST 1 (AST 1+ or AST2 STRONGLY recommended) -ACC Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) -Confidence survival skiing/riding on double-black diamond terrain in a variety of snow conditions -The desire to give back to the Vancouver mountain club community -Rappelling experience, technical climbing experience, and/or ice climbing experience is an asset, but not required

If you meet the above pre-reqs, please don't hesitate to sign up and apply! Get stoked to send!

**Note: When you sign up or add yourself to the waitlist for this course, your application will not be considered until you submit an application on this Google Sheet link:**

Required Items to Bring:
Will be provided in logistics package if participant is accepted
Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):240Km
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 AM
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** Vancouver Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $60.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.25, effective Sunday, October 13, 2019). This is based on the current provincial government rate for private vehicle use.  Please pay your share of the cost to the carpool driver.

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