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Sphinx Bay Reading Week Ski Camp (Intermediate+Advanced) · Sat. Feb. 18th - Sun. Feb. 26th
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Start: Saturday, Feb. 18th
End: Sunday, Feb. 26th
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Outside Clubroom
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... Access, although longer, is also possible via the Garibaldi Névé Traverse.
Slight update to the trip planning: we will hold a pre-trip meeting to divide into groups based on availability and skiing ability/objectives. The idea of the meeting is for folks to self-organize into smaller, self-sufficient groups and sort out their own timing, transportation and group gear logistics.
The huts sleeps 10-15; depending on total group numbers we may elect to use the hut as a communal kitchen and gear cache but sleep in tents.
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 trip. You don't need to be an expert at these things, but basic skills will be assets, along with other relevant wilderness skills (good attitude, navigation, etc). In this sense, consider it an intermediate or advanced trip.