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Daughter of Ice · Sat. Feb. 6th - Mon. Feb. 8th

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Organized by: Matt Kennedy.

Start: Saturday, Feb. 6th, 5:00 am
End: Monday, Feb. 8th, 8:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 7:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Buch D316


The mountains are capped in white, the city is covered in grey, the rock is wet and cold – it must be ice climbing season!

Daughter of Ice is the VOC’s yearly introduction to the glorious world of swinging sharp things at ice. We are going to have lots of pure type 1 fun! There will be some basic instruction and tips on technique, ice anchors, and plenty of time to practice. Climbing ice is like nothing else you’ve ever done, and this is the perfect situation to try it out.

This year it will be held over the February long weekend at Marble Canyon, outside of Lillooet. Although it’s a ~5 hour drive, Marble Canyon is ideal for learning to climb ice, as the ice reliably forms and top-ropes can be set up with minimal gear. We can also car camp for free and with fires, just a quick 10 minute walk away from the ice! Depending on people’s wishes, we will leave either Friday afternoon, or Saturday morning. Cars may choose to leave at different times, as well. We will return on Monday after two full days of climbing.

This trip is mostly beginner friendly. You don’t have to know how to climb rock or ice, but camping experience is a necessity, and winter camping experience will help. It will be cold! It is important that everyone brings the right stuff, but, as we will be car camping, I encourage you to bring all of the warm things; two years ago, it was -20 C at night for Daughter of Ice!

At the pre-trip, we will discuss gear, vehicles, and tent/ food groups. If you do not know how to belay, or have never winter camped, you must attend the pre-trip. I’m going to limit the number of people going to Marble to 15, or roughly 3 cars, but if there’s lots of interest, smaller groups might be arranged to go elsewhere. If you have experience in ice climbing and winter camping, and want to help instruct, please send me an email, or post on the message board thread!

Disclaimer: we are not certified guides, just people who have done this before. Ice climbing is dangerous, and hazards include falling ice, climbing falls, sharp objects, and the cold.

Mandatory gear:

Climbing gear

*Helmet – you must have a helmet! If you do not have one, you will not go near any of the climbs.

*Stiff mountaineering boots

*Stiff crampons that fit your stiff mountaineering boots

*Climbing harness


*Synthetic base layer (at least one!)

*Insulating mid-layer

*Waterproof top and pants

*Big, puffy extra layer for standing around in the cold

*Gloves, gloves, gloves! Thick and thin, you can’t have too many.

*Several pairs of thick socks.

*Toque, balaclava, etc. – at least one thing to keep your head toasty.

Camping stuff:

*HEADLAMP – if you don’t have one, go and buy one. Remember to bring extra batteries!

*Sleeping bag – rated to at least -10, but warmer is better. IT WILL BE COLD.

*Sleeping pad(s) – Some people will bring a foam one and an air one. Foam ones can also be used as seats.

*Tent (shared)

*Stove/ cooking equipment (shared) – don’t forget the spoon!

*Water bottles/ thermos/ coffee mug/ etc.

*Food (shared) – lots of it, working hard in the cold burns loads of calories!

Non-mandatory gear – if you have it, bring it:

*Belay device/ locking carabiner

*Gaiters – to keep your pants from getting shredded by crampon front points

*Climbing rope

*Slings/ cord/ carabiners – to play around with/ practice rescue stuff/ take up space

*Ice tools

*Ice screws

*First aid kit

*Camera/ GoPro/ sketch book


Posted: 2016-01-14 22:48:54
Last modified: 2016-01-27 13:09:41