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Classic Spearhead Traverse...with a Twist - Fri, Mar 30 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:Spearhead Range
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Mar 30 2018  6:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Apr 2 2018 6:00:00 PM
Event Duration:4 days
Difficulty Rating:D3: Difficult
Event Leader(s): Marcus Tomlinson
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 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: 4 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

Please read the entire trip description before signing up.

Being first on the waitlist does not guarantee you a spot. Ideally we will have skied together at least once to be considered for this trip. I will not expand this trip past 6 people.

This trip is the 'Classic' Spearhead Traverse from Blackcomb to Whistler. So what is the twist? We will spend one extra day camping in the vicinity of the Pattison/ Shudder Glacier for a day of skiing. A descent of the Shudder Glacier is the main objective.

All participants are expected to have:

1) AST1 equivalent or better;

2) Prior touring experience (this trip is not for beginners);

3) Better than average fitness to carry a multi-day pack for 4 days;

4) Strong technical ski ability to ski double-black runs under any conditions. This is important because of the need to ski 4 days with a multi-day pack. although we will not be skiing slopes steeper than 35 degrees, it is important to have a margin or error;

5) Crevasse rescue training. It would be ideal for the group to 1 day of training together to ensure we are on the same page; and

6) A willingness to share equipment to lighten the load for the group.

It is highly beneficial but not required to have:

1) Winter camping experience;

2) Prior multi-day ski trip experience.

Participants will be screened. If we have not skied together recently, or at all, please send an email to me describing your general fitness, touring experience and ski ability, and whether you are willing and able to lead trips (the little box on the ACC website may not be enough).

This trip requires good visibility, a 'Moderate' or better alpine avalanche forecast. The trip may be cancelled, the dates changed or relocated if conditions are not favourable.

Required Items to Bring:
Avi gear, touring gear, good attitude, food, water, headlamp, overnight gear including tents, extra clothes, stoves, 4 days of food.

The Waddington Hut is not heated. A winter sleeping bag or extra layers in which to sleep are recommended.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Dark chocolate for the leader.

- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

Cost Includes:$60 for WB BC lift ticket.

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

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