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Glacier School G1 · Sat. Sep. 17th - Sun. Sep. 18th

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Organized by: Chris Yuen.

Start: Saturday, Sep. 17th
End: Sunday, Sep. 18th
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Sep. 14th, 6:30 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: BUCH A203

Description:
*New for 2011- Read below

Glacier School is a 2-day (weekend) course intended to teach safe and efficient means of traveling over glaciers. The school is divided into two courses:

Glacier 1 is designed for beginners to snow and glacier travel. It is expected that you have previous backpacking and camping experience.

Glacier 2 is for students with previous glacier experience that want to learn more advanced skills or to climb a peak.

Expectations
The point of G1 is to give students enough basic skills that they are not a total liability as a member of a 3 (or more) person glacier rope team, such that more experienced members may feel comfortable trusting their life to them on a rope. For more detailed information check out the info booklet.
The prerequisites for being a student at glacier school are minimal: Students must have overnight backpacking experience, a good attitude, and good general fitness. Some rope skills (such as belaying, common climbing knots, etc) are desirable but not absolutely necessary. In order to cram it all into one weekend we will be on the move all day regardless of the weather - please be prepared for that.
Sign up early as group size will be limited to ensure low student/instructor ratio and minimal environmental impact
Instructors for glacier school are club members who volunteer their time, and are not professional guides, nor are they certified by any recognized school or association. If you don't feel comfortable taking responsibility for your own life in the context of an informal course facilitated by these VOC instructors, you should take a mountaineering course offered by a professional guiding service.

For G1, the first 31 participants (instructors excluded) that sign up as committed will have priority over those on the waiting list. The 32nd to 45th person to sign up as "committed" will be on the waiting list.

NOTE: YOU MUST ATTEND THE PRE_TRIP "DRY SCHOOL" IF YOU WANT TO GO TO THE GLACIER SCHOOL. Bring your harness and carabiners and prussics if you have them to practice with.

*New for 2011:
Glacier School is a large investment of time and dedication by the experienced members of the VOC. At the same time, during the school year, there is constant unmet demand for trips by club members, especially "easy" trips. As such, the VOC asks that participants of Glacier School give back to the club by organizing a minimum of one trip the upcoming year. VOC Execs are here to help you out along the way, and some of us may very well even join your trips in the end. The trip that you organize does not need to be "hardcore"- there is huge demand for day hikes and scrambles throughout the year. A day trip up Hollyburn, the 3 peaks of the Chief, a bike trip on Bowen Island, or a multi-day traverse, anything goes. Contact the Trips Coordinator Chris Yuen with help with this.

Posted: 2011-07-28 21:16:21
Last modified: 2011-09-13 15:29:06