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Needle Peak: Dec. 7- Dec. 8 · Sat. Dec. 7th - Sun. Dec. 8th
Warning: This is an old trip - it already happened
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Start: Saturday, Dec. 7th
End: Sunday, Dec. 8th
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 5:30 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Outside clubroom
According to John Baldwin:
"A rocky horn S of the Coquihalla Hwy, Needle Peak is perhaps the most popular ski trip here A gentle ridge with scenic views gives quick access to excellent back bowls and an enjoyable scramble to the summit."
The Coquihalla area is ~3hours drive East of Vancouver and has the driest snow and easiest access to the alpine on the Coast. It should come as no surprise that I've been wanting to ski in the Coquihalla for awhile now and I figure that Needle Peak would be a good place to start. The terrain around Needle Peak is classified as challenging (and perhaps complex if you look in the right places), so obviously decent avalanche conditions would be required.
This trip is not instructional/beginner friendly:
[*] You should be able to link turns together consistently on most terrain. You don't have to be graceful, but you can't be falling every turn.
[*] I'm not an avalanche expert, so you should have sufficient experience (AST1) to be able to contribute to decision making.
[*] You should be able to skin 1000 vertical meters without dying. It's still early season, so you don't have to be blistering fast.
If you're interested, sign up here. If you have questions, feel free to post on the message board or email me.