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Alpine Skills Course · Fri. Jun. 17th - Sun. Jun. 19th

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Organized by: Samuel Belanger-McKoy.

Start: Friday, Jun. 17th
End: Sunday, Jun. 19th
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Jun. 14th, 5:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Aviary


Hey everyone! It's back!

Last year the feedback and demand for this was incredibly positive so I'll be doing it again!


Dates are tentative but likely to be June 10-12th or 17-19th. Additionally there will be a dry school. Location tentative but likely in the Pemberton area.

Artem B. will be organizing and running the dry school. Dry school is tentatively set for the evening of Tuesday June 14th.


This instructive trip is a great opportunity for those: 


-Who want to expand on summer mountaineering experience 

-That have some but little experience with glacier travel 

-That have little experience with alpine scrambling 

-That have been reading all the books but have barely indulged the desire 

-Who rock climb and want to get into alpine objectives 

-Who ski tour and want to improve their skills for ski mountaineering 


Having G1 or similar experience would be very beneficial. 

If you're unfamiliar with G1 and G2, check out the wiki page for Glacier School. 


[url=]Here[/url] are photos from last years trip.



How many spots are available? 

3 spots for guys 

3 spots for girls 



Why such a small group? 

In many circles, this is a big group for mountaineering! I feel that usual VOC group size wouldn't benefit anybody. Artem B. has will be helping me and 8 of us total allows me to offer better mentorship to the individuals in this trip. Any larger in size and the group might also be harder for me to manage safely and objectives become harder to execute. 


So what will be taught? 


-Alpine scrambling skills and techniques 

-Steep snow climbing skills and techniques 

-Crevasse rescue skills 

-Risk management 

-Gear management and application 

-Rope management and applications 



Day 1 will be the approach followed by general skills and crevasse rescue. 

Day 2 will be an alpine scrambling objective 

Day 3 will probably be to climb a classic steep snow objective before returning to the car. 



What will you need? 


-Sturdy mountaineering boots 


-overnight gear 

-overnight pack 

-ice axe 

-mountaineering crampons 


For more info see the [url=]wiki gear list[/url]

Much of the gear is available at the clubroom. Due to a high likelihood of doing a mountaineering traverse, light is right motto should be followed. 



Who am I? 

I go by Sam McKoy. I have been less active with the VOC the past couple of years so newer members might not know me but I'm a good guy to learn from. 

In the summer I work part-time with NOLS as a mountaineering and hiking instructor in Alaska and the Yukon and as a bear viewing and hiking guide in Bella Coola. In the winter I work ski guiding and am currently an ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide. This is not a guided trip.



Because of the limited spots of the trip, the sign-up page will not only be first come first serve but rather a selection made the by Exec team from the sign up list. This trip is for those who are active in the club and show promise towards leading trips themselves or those who are actively contributing to the club in some form or another. As I said, 3 of the 6 spots will be reserved for women to encourage equal female participation in mountaineering. 


If you have any questions, feel free to ask! 


Sign up page will be up soon.

Posted: 2016-05-16 09:15:34
Last modified: 2016-05-26 00:28:27