The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Ski Touring and Glacier Travel Skills - Fri, Jan 20 2012, Sat, Jan 21 2012, Sun, Jan 22 2012, Fri, Jan 27 2012, Sat, Jan 28 2012, Sun, Jan 29 2012

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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:Training
Event Location:BCIT climbing gym, Mt Seymour, Whistler
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jan 20 2012, Sat, Jan 21 2012, Sun, Jan 22 2012, Fri, Jan 27 2012, Sat, Jan 28 2012, Sun, Jan 29 2012  7:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 13 2012 12:00:00 PM
Event Duration:4 days plus 4 hour dry school
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Martin Siegert
Cam Miller
Saar Moisa
Mark Snaterse
Benoit Waller
Mark Miller
You must be logged in to get the Event Leader contact information.
Member Cost:$180.00/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: 16 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


After last years success, this is the second time we offer this great program. The purpose is to prepare those with intermediate skiing and mountaineering experience, as well as aspiring winter event coordinators, with the knowledge, skills and confidence to participate, assist, or lead backcountry ski trips. And all of this safely and enjoyably.

The program consists of two dry schools at Friday nights, and two overnight weekend events. The dry schools will be held at the BCIT climbing gym. The first weekend will be in the Mt Seymour backcountry, the second weekend we will go to Whistler backcountry.

Some of the topics that will be covered:

Dry school 1: Ascending rope (weighted and un-weighted), leadership skills & responsibilities

Weekend 1: Trip planning, navigation (map, compass, gps), travel & track setting, snow pack analysis, avalanche companion rescue, transitions (horizontal to near vertical, snow to ice), leading a group, winter camping

Dry School 2: Crevasse rescue systems (2:1, 3:1)

Weekend 2: Snow anchors, traveling roped up, crevasse rescue, winter camping, putting everything together!

Required Items to Bring:
Text: Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering
Volken, Schell & Wheeler, the Mountaineering books
Pre-reading of chapters 2,4,5,6 & 10 is required.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Gear list will follow

How to Get There:
Event Directions:To follow

- Intermediate ski abilities (comfortable and safe on all blue runs in resort, in variable conditions) If you are unsure of your ski skills please contact one of the organizers.
- Experience with winter travel with heavy pack in widely varying terrain and conditions
- AST 1 avalanche training or equivalent
- Basic rope handling and management skills
- Preferably winter camping experience (we will be camping the two weekends)

Besides these prerequisites, all participants must commit to lead (or assist on) a ski touring/mountaineering event before the end of the current season.

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

Member Cost:$180.00/Person
Cost Includes:$180 program fee includes Text, climbing gym fee and day pass for Whistler weekend. This fee will be waived if participant has led two trips in the last six months.
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the ACC VA. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Etiquette Guidelines!
Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!
*Note: No refunds. Except to the extent that a suitable qualified replacement can be found in which case a minimum $50 admin fee will be retained.

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