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Intro to Mountaineering on the North Shore Mountains · Sat. May. 27th - Sun. May. 28th
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Start: Saturday, May. 27th, 7:00 am
End: Sunday, May. 28th, 7:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, May. 25th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: VOC Clubroom
Every year we usually have an alpine skills course or an intro to mountaineering weekend that can help prepare you for the alpine during the summertime!
Whether you plan to do multi-day traverses in the alpine, rock climbing in the wild or just scrambling around the sea to sky this summer, these are all important skills to have.
This course is intended to be like a "light Glacier School 1 (G1)" and we will not be going on or teaching any glacier travel skills.
This is a beginner friendly trip, however these are basic requirements:
- You can hike with an overnight pack + gear.
- You're comfortable with overnight camping.
- You can wrestle with a cougar and trad climb 5.14+ (jokes!).
We will be going over the following skills however:
- Rope team management
- Rescue systems
- Anchor building
- Mountain travel techniques
As well as other stuff such as:
- Overnight camping
- Alpine/wilderness hazards
- Shelter building (tentative and if time allows)
- Basic wilderness first aid (tentative and if time allows)**
**Note does not in any way make up for a proper Wilderness First-Aid Course
I will set the max participants to 20 for now and will change it depending on how many instructors & assistant instructors we have (we're going for a 2 instructors for 4-6 students ratio).
If you're willing to instruct (instructor or assistant instructor) please sign-up here or let me know (via the message board)!
Gear you should bring (if I'm forgetting something let me know in the message board!):
- Warm + waterproof clothes (socks!)
- Mountaineering or hiking boots
- Ice axe (mountaineering style not an ice tool)
- 2 carabiners (minimum) and 2 prussiks cords (sold at VOC or MEC or make your own)
- Overnight (winter) camping gear: tent, bivvy, sleeping bag, tarp, sleeping pad, etc.
- Food + snacks + cooking gear
- Water bottles (2L per person minimum even if you'll melt snow)
- Sunglasses + sunscreen
- Doggie poop bags (yes you will pack out your poop, we're near a watershed and it's good glacier travel practice)
- Rope (if you have any)
- Anchor materials and rescue systems gear (if you have any)
- Gaters !!
(Photo: Chris Herron stoked on Crown Mt.)