Archive:Intro to Backcountry Skiing 2010

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Introduction

This trip is, perhaps obviously, an introduction to skiing in the backcountry. Skiing in the backcountry is a lot different than skiing in a resort for a bunch of reasons, including snow conditions, routefinding, avalanche danger etc. This trip is geared to introduce people to these differences so they can learn to be more confident heading into the wilderness in winter (on skis).

This trip is for people who have basic camping skills (and are prepared to camp outside in the cold, on snow) and skiing skills. Winter Longhike and Tele School are good preparation for this trip. Snowboarding is also possible in the backcountry (snowboarders typically use snowshoes for the uphill, or use a splitboard), but this trip is geared towards skiing. Snowboarders can come on this trip if they are tough and willing to put up with any differences caused by being a snowboarder.

Due to the recent popularity of VOC trips, two separate groups of 6 leaders/instructors and 12 beginners will be going to two separate locations.

Organizers

Christian Veenstra, and Christian Champagne. If you would like to help organize, contact these two people. Don't be put off by the large number of Christians; this is not Bible Camp.

Avalanche Education

Avalanches are a major consideration for winter backcountry travel. It is recommended that you educate yourself about avalanches before this trip. We will also discuss this issue at the trip, but the more you know, the better. There is an online course available here. Reading a book on the subject wouldn't hurt either.

Date

January 30th - 31st, 2010

Pre-trip meeting

Time

Wednesday, January 27th@ 6pm

  • Note: For instructors, there will be a pre-pre-trip meeting @ 5:30 pm.

Location

WOOD 1

Locations

  • Agent Orange Group

Mt. Laughington

  • Champagne Powder Group

Fat Dog Creek, Manning Park

Equipment List

Please consult the above link for all information regarding proper skiing clothing and gear. Please be aware that you will need proper backcountry skis for this trip (telemark or alpine touring) as well as skins (these are, of course, crucial), ski boots, and poles. Avalanche transceivers (modern 457 kHz type) and shovels are absolutely mandatory.

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Intro to backcountry skiing Jan 30th-31st (Trips Board)

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Group Agent Orange

Contact Christian Veenstra about this group.

Location

TBD. If we get enough 4x4 power we'll go to Mount Laughington, near Chilliwack Lake.

Instructors

Ideally we'll have 6. Email me if you're interested.

  1. Christian Veenstra (has car, no 4x4)
  2. Line Veenstra
  3. Ben
  4. Frances
  5. Artem Bylinskii

Participants

Ideally we'll have 12. Write down your name here if you're interested and reasonably committed. Since we need different kinds of people to make this trip a success please indicate if you have avalanche training, if you are willing to drive and if you are willing to bring a tent. I've never been on a trip without enough stoves. We'll sort out who's actually coming at the pre-trip meeting, with preference to those highest on the list and exceptions made to allow this trip to happen. If you can't come to the pre-trip meeting (on time) then find somebody to represent you. Depending on driver preferences, gas money may be collected at the pre-trip.

  1. Nick M (AST 1, no car, 3-season MEC Gemini which I am not sure is suitable)
  2. Brett G (AST 1, Truck w/ space for four @ UBC, No tent, Can bring small stove)
  3. Gabrielle Hodgson
  4. Trisha Roberson
  5. Michael Duncan (AST 1, Truck w/ space for 5, 3 season tent, stove, lots and lots of love and dancing)
  6. Gwyn Thomas (AST 1)
  7. Leslie Whittaker (3 season tent, stove)
  8. Andy Doelker (avy training, no tent, no car)
  9. Olivier Thommen (no avi, 3-season tent, gas stove + jetboil, no car->needs a ride)
  10. Hilde Liseth (no avi, no tent, no car)

Remember - just signing the wiki doesn't ensure you're on the trip. See the top of this signup list regarding information you need to actually get on the trip.

Rides

  • Christian & Line Veenstra (Dunbar & 20th)
  1. Frances (5:30)
  2. Ben SP (5:30)
  3. Leslie Whittaker (5:35)
  • Michael Duncan (McDonald & 25th)
  1. Gwyn Thomas (5:50)
  2. Andy Doelker (6:00)
  3. Hilde Liseth (5:15)
  4. Olivier Webb (5:30)
  • Brett Gallagher(UBC)
  1. Nick M.
  2. Gabrielle Hodgson
  3. Artem Bylinskii
  4. Trisha Roberson

Tents

Mike, Gwyn
Oliver 2 Artem

  • Chateau Veenstra (4-season, 4 person)
  1. Veenstra
  2. Line
  3. Andy
  4. Hilde

Group Champagne Powder

Group organizer: Christian Champagne

Location

Fat Dog Creek, Manning Park

Instructors

For all potential leaders/instructors, please email Christian Champagne to help me gauge your experience levels.

  1. Christian Champagne
  2. Steve "Muffin" Mullen
  3. Phil Tomlinson
  4. Bob L
  5. Ran Z

Participants

Write down your name here if you're interested and reasonably committed. Since we need different kinds of people to make this trip a success please indicate if:

  • You have avalanche training (i.e. AST 1, 2)
  • You are willing to drive
  • You have a 4-season tent or willing to carry one.
  • You have cooking gear (pots, stove, fuel, etc.)

We'll sort out who's actually coming at the pre-trip meeting, with preference to those highest on the list and exceptions made to allow this trip to happen. If you can't come to the pre-trip meeting (on time) then find somebody to represent you. Depending on driver preferences, gas money may be collected at the pre-trip.

  1. Vicky Alfred (has tent, probably can drive, has cooking gear, nil avi experience)
  2. Dan Elstone (no avalanche, willing to drive, may be able to get a 4 season tent, have cooking gear, snowboarder)
  3. Andy Y(3 season tent[rock22], ast1, has cooking gear, needs a ride)
  4. Mike Leishman (willing to carry a tent, no avi training, i do have cooking gear, and i cant drive (well i can, just no vehicle))
  5. Jacob Slosberg (will drive 4x4, AST-1, no tent but will carry, cook set+mad skillz)
  6. Martin Smoragiewicz (have a car, no avi exp, no tent or cook set but stoked about the trip!)
  7. Travis Pawlak (candles, fridge magnets, no avi)
  8. Marius Muja (AST-1, car with 2 extra seats, 2 person tent, stove and cooking gear)
  9. Adriana Muja (same as above)
  10. Peter Reichardt (car, no tent, no stove)
  11. Shauna Clarke
  12. Kevin L
  13. Fisal Elstone (no avy, small stove, big agnes 3 season tent, no car)

Rides

Note: Aim to leave Vancouver by 6:30 am. Rendez-vous @ Tim Hortons, Whatcom Road past Abbotsford (North side of Highway) towards 7:30 am for a coffee break.

  • Peter Reichardt (Kerrisdale)
  1. Steve "muffin" Mullen
  2. Mike Leishman
  3. Shauna Clarke
  4. Christian Champagne
  5. Bob Lai
  • Jacob Sloberg (Arbutus & 13th)
  1. Phil Tomlinson
  2. Vicky Alfred
  • Travis Pawlak (Point Grey)
  1. Kevin L.
  • Martin Smoragiewicz (Granville & 11th) martin dot smoragiewicz at mail dot mcgill dot ca 604-724-8759
  1. Dan Elstone
  2. Andy Yeh
  3. Ran Z
  • Marius Muja mariusmuja at gmail dot com, 604-338-1132
  1. Adriana Muja
  2. Fisal Elstone

Tents

  • Champagne's tent (4-season, 2 person)
  1. Champagne
  2. Bob Lai
  • Muffin's tent (4-season, 3 person)
  1. Muffin


  • Jacob's tent (4-season, 3 person)
  1. Jacob
  2. Phil Tomlinson
  3. Vicky
  • Dan Elstone (3 person)
  1. Dan Elstone


  • Andy Yeh (2 person)
  1. Andy Yeh