Sphinx Reading Week 2017

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Synopsis

The Burton Hut at the South end of Garibaldi Lake sits below some lovely ski touring country. The VOC used to have massive ski camps at Sphinx Bay in the spring, after exams. These days, we never seem to know if the lake is still frozen in May, so I suggest we check it out during February reading week. Weather can be fickle in February however, so being flexible with dates and aiming for a good weather window would be assets...

The idea is for folks to self-organize into smaller, self-sufficient groups and sort out their own timing, transportation and group gear logistics, using the VOC wiki, much in the way we do New Year's at Waddington Hut. So there is no overriding central organizer. Rather, we will use the wiki to line up groups and dates, and to figure out who's sleeping in the hut and who's bringing at tent.

Most of the terrain above the hut is glaciated and alpine: good avalanche terrain management, companion rescue, glacier travel and crevasse rescue are mandatory pre-requisites for this trip. This is not a beginner-friendly affair, unless you can convince more experienced folks to take you along in their group!

Dates

February 18-26, 2017

You decide how many days you want to come up, and find partners to match.

Sign-up

The purpose of this list is to line up trip partners and dates. Place your name, the dates you are available, how many nights you want to stay. For example: "Elliott Skierszkan, 3 nights, available between February 18-26".

Date

  • May 9thth - 10thth, 2015

Meet on Saturday morning in the Smoke Bluffs parking lot at 8:30 am. Logistics for performing this will be discussed at the pre-trip meeting on the evening of May 5th.