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Beginner Friendly: Snowshoeing Daytrip at Mount Seymour · Sunday, March 13th
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Start: Sunday, Mar. 13th, 8:00 am
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Mar. 10th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Inside or outside the VOC clubroom
Do you need a quick study break? Do you aspire to get outside and appreciate landscapes blanketed in a white sparkaline mantle?
Disclaimer: We're not ski touring and we're not guaranteed a bluebird day with an inversion
If you said yes to all of these, then this trip is for you!
However, there are some pre-requisities that you must fulfill if you'd like to join. You must:
- Be able to wake up early. No joke.
- Have respect for the mountain and for safety. You'll carry all avalanche safety equipment and appropriate clothing layers to keep you warm and dry while active and while at rest.
- Have or rent snowshoes. You may also rent some pretty nice boots from the clubroom too.
- Bring food to share. Sharing is caring.
Objective: To reach 1st Peak of Mount Seymour before 10:30am
Here's the trip itinerary that I have in mind:
Pre-7am: Pick up passengers
7:50am: Arrive at Mount Seymour
8am: Depart for 1st Peak
10:30am: Arrive at 1st Peak and early lunch for an hour
11:30am: Depart for parking lot
2pm: Arrive at parking lot
Depending on demand, we can practice avalanche companion rescues—we can extend lunch by an extra hour or two to let us practice. Practicing rescuing a burried object while under a timer is great experience in my opinion. Please note: I am not a certified instructor. I do not have the AST-1 certification but have learned about and practiced avalanche safety many years ago and have practiced again several times quite recently. I will provide guidance and some instruction but I repeat, I am not a certified instructor or guide. Please follow my guidance under your own discretion.
I am intending this trip to be "Beginner Friendly". And by that, I mean no one gets left behind and no one runs ahead. Everyone stays together and supports each other. While I did set a time for our objective, doing so is the norm for the sake of safety (IE: getting home before it gets dark and cold). Also, if you wish to really delve into mountaineering and tackle harder objectives, setting objectives that is time specific is key in order to improve fitness (think S.M.A.R.T. goals). Our objective is pretty easy and I am confident that we'll reach the objective well before our intended arrival time of 10:30am as long as we start at 8am.
Potential other drivers, please refer to this location for route planning.
I am limiting the group size to 10 people. Preference will be given to those who:
- Have or will rent all three pieces of avalanche safety equipment
- Show up to the pre-trip meeting on Thursday March 10th at 6pm
- Sign up on the committed list
I am not comfortable leading a group any larger than this and would prefer to keep it small. I am sorry if I have to reject you from joining this trip.