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Saturday November 4th, 2017 Last Minute/Intermediate Friendly Hike/Beacon Refresher to Eagle Bluffs · Saturday, November 4th
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Start: Saturday, Nov. 4th, 8:28 am
In light of the fresh snow fall and poor touring conditions at the moment, I want to get outdoors! The ski season is still very close! I'm keen to go hike to eagle bluffs and black mountain in order to refresh my beacon search and rescue skills; but mostly, to eat a bunch of snow and pray to the snow gods(Ullr primarily).
This is the normal Eagle Bluffs trip which I would rate as between beginner and intermediate on a dry warm day. There is a slipping hazard so poles are recommended since you may slip and fall, aka this hike would be perceived as difficult to those who don't like falling/don't have surefeet hiking in the snow. The snow base is presently what fell in the last 24 hours(30 cms/roughly 1 ft ;) ). I've done the hike at this time of year haphazardly with poor preparation and turned back because of cold feet.
I recommend hiking boots with gators or good waterproof rain pants/ snow pants that will keep the snow out of shoes. If you feel safer bringing snowshoes as back up if you prefer that then do so. I have found that in low snow depths, feet are quicker.
Other equipment requirements-
-Thermal underwear and socks. And an extra layer or 2 if you get cold.
-Lunch and water.
-gas- 2-5 bux ? Will do math after vehicles filled
Beacons are optional but encouraged if you are also potentially rusty and want to practice a bit?
I'd like to leave vancouver between 8 and 9.
Any questions or concerns, please leave below.
Total KMS- 10-12 depending on which peaks we do(I prefer 12km to see the clear look at the lions. Altitude- 350