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Powder-Cap ski traverse (intermediate friendly) · Sat. Mar. 18th - Sun. Mar. 19th

Warning: This is an old trip - it already happened

Warning, this trip has been cancelled

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Organized by: Alberto Contreras Sanz.

Start: Saturday, Mar. 18th
End: Sunday, Mar. 19th
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Mar. 15th, 6:30 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom or outside clubroom


Trip cancelled due to bad weather and likely high avalanche risk. 

The trip will run in April - please check back in a few weeks

Days are getting longer. It's time to do switch into traverse mode. The below photo was taken by Caroline Jung on a VOC women-only trip to the same area a couple of years back. Check out their route here.

Photo Credit: Caroline Jung

Trying to pick from the many 2-3 day traverses wasn't easy. The intention is to do a horseshoe around Powder Mountain, minimizing car shuttling, and involving some beautiful alpine scenery. If the conditions are right and we make good progress, there may be time for some side skiing.

We will begin in the non-motorized Callaghan valley, ascending Brandywine Mountain from the North. Alternatively, depending on road conditions, we may share the access with the motorized users and enter through the South. When we get to the alpine, we will probably see some snowmobiles as this is a popular sledding area. We'll just accept that for this trip and do it on our on power without minding the company of sleds.

From Brandywine it should be a nice long ski run to ''Powder Lake'' where we will likely camp for the night. Sunday we will ascend up and over Powder Mountain, and then ski all the way down to the Callaghan Valley, finishing with a run down on the XC trails down through the forest back to our starting location.

The trip will only happen if weather conditions are optimal, as well as low/moderate avy risk. In poor weather, there are options to exit earlier if we don't want to be in a whiteout on the icefield. That's the beauty of horseshoe traverses! Alternatively, if conditions aren't ideal, a trip to camp out somewhere else will be re-arranged.

This trip is intermediate friendly and is not instructional. You should be reasonably fit, able to climb 1,200 m on skis in a day with your overnight pack, have some sense of avalanche awareness/companion rescue as well as glacier travel/crevasse rescue skills. In addition, you need to be relatively confident with your equipment, and able to ski ungroomed snow with an overnight pack - not necessarily very gracefully, but safely! Some navigational skills will be useful, too.

To get an idea of what you'll be getting into, check out the excellent trip reports from the last two years. Attendance to the pre-trip is mandatory, as important discussions will be had. Depending on the experienced/less experienced rate of people we have, you may get away with not having all of the requirements mentioned above. In the meantime, please send all your questions via email, or discuss on the message board.

Credit to Elliott and Caroline, from whom I´ve stolen most of the above text.

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Posted: 2017-02-21 17:26:03
Last modified: 2017-03-14 16:58:48