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'Pow Pow' Sledging trip to Red Heather · Sunday, December 11th
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Start: Sunday, Dec. 11th
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Canadian Tire 2820 Bentall Street MAP
Bored of skiing already? Fancy skiing but not a fan of telemarking (or can't get to gear hours) and can't afford AT skis? Want to regress back to your youth?
Or perhaps you just think skiing is a little bit too tame...
...How about sledging (tobogganing, sledding or whatever you're used to calling it)?
I'm organising a day trip up to the Red Heather warming hut and back. We will snowshoe up, enjoy lunch in the hut, then sledge back down! The road back from the hut to the car park made for a fast and bumpy bike ride when I did it earlier this year, so I am anticipating that it will make for a great bum slide. I am hoping that it might even be deemed speedy enough to be 'eXtreme'. Perhaps if there is time we might also 'do some laps' on the hills around the hut.
I foresee that this trip will be 'low output' rather than 'beginner friendly' according to VOC trip definitions http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Glossary (beginner friendly seems to involve suffering and a 'death march' - heck!). Beginners are very welcome (the concept of an 'advanced sledger' is rather odd, unless you do that Olympic style bobsled stuff). However, you must be appropriately attired, have knowledge of or at least have read up on avalanche hazards (particularly in case we have time to venture onto nearby slopes) and have a reasonable level of fitness (it’s an 11km round trip, with potential for another 8km if we park below the car park due to snow). I will send out a kit list nearer the time for those who may not be used to winter trips into the hills, but warm non-cotton clothes, stout footware and avalanche safety equipment are must haves. I would also strongly suggest bringing a helmet as we don't want to look like amateurs; our safety equipment will no doubt make people think we’re really hardcore : ) Note that you can borrow snowshoes and avalanche gear from the club.
Pre-trip is at Canadian Tire, so that we can select our vehicles. I for one am impressed with this little number http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/5/SportsRec/WinterSports/SledsToboggans/PRDOVR~0826006P/Renegade+Inflatable+Pod+Racer+Sled.jsp?locale=en
So as not to incur the wrath of other winter recreationalists, I suggest a limit of 12 people for this trip.