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Powder Mountain Horseshoe Traverse · Sat. Apr. 9th - Sun. Apr. 10th
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Start: Saturday, Apr. 9th, 6:00 am
End: Sunday, Apr. 10th, 7:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Apr. 7th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: In front of the Club room.
After quite the stormy winter, spring has brought some good weather for high traverses. The intention is to do a horseshoe around Powder Mountain, which should involve some beautiful Old Growth forest, a high alpine icefield traverse and the simplicity of a traverse without requiring car shuttle faff.
We will begin in the non-motorized Callaghan valley, ascending Brandywine Mountain from the North. Note that when we get to the alpine, we will probably see some snowmobiles as this is a popular sledding area. We'll just accept that for this trip and do it on our on power without minding the company of sleds.
From Brandywine it should be a nice long ski run to ''Powder Lake'' where we will camp for the night. Sunday we will ascend up and over Powder Mountain, and then ski all the way down to the Callaghan Valley, finishing with a skin through the forest back to our starting location.
In poor weather, there are options to exit earlier if we don't want to be in a whiteout on the icefield. That's the beauty of horseshoe traverses!
This trip is not instructional. You should be reasonably fit, able to climb 1,200 m on skis in a day with your overnight pack, have some sense of avalanche awareness and companion rescue (i.e. AST-1) and glacier travel and crevasse rescue (i.e. G1). Some navigational skills will be useful, too.