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**Ski Mountaineering Skills and Mentorship Course** - Joint ACC and VOC Event! · Fri. Mar. 16th - Sun. Mar. 18th

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Organized by: Zack Wentz.

Start: Friday, Mar. 16th, 8:00 am
End: Sunday, Mar. 18th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Mar. 13th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: VOC Clubroom


Hello all stoked winter shredders! Have you been riding resort all winter long and been having fun on the coolest stuff in resort, but been wanting something more? Or have you ever thought about how you can blend your two favorite activities (climbing and skiing) into one glorious adventure smorgasboarg? Or on those sunny days, have you looked in awe at mountains such as Mount Baker, the Tantalus Range, and Fissile Mountain to only dream of doing some lines back there in winter? Well if so, today's your lucky day! Join me as your lead instructor, as well as a total of 4 other VOCers and 4 ACCers, to discuss the skills involved in ski mountaineering! Topics in this clinic will include:

  • Traveling in glaciated terrain on skis
  • Movement skills in ski mountaineering, including: bootpacking, 4th class terrain management, rappelling into couloirs, etc
  • Ski mountaineering transitions
  • Snowpack assessment techniques
  • Routefinding, navigation and tour planning

For a detailed cirriculum and itinerary, please see this Google Drive link:

Beyond the cirriculum discussed above, I'd like this trip to be an opportunity for us to grow within our Vancouver mountain community at-large by inviting this event to be collaborative with the Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver section (ACC Vancouver). In addition, I aim to accept 2 men and 2 women from each club to participate in this trip. The aim here is to provide a linkage within our clubs' communities, as well as encourage development of skills and leadership amongst the whole club demographic.

If you aren't familiar with who I am in the VOC and/or ACC, I've been around for a number of years in the VOC and have started to do more trips with the ACC. My list of credentials are extensive, however I won't bore you with them all, so if you wish to learn more about me, feel free to check out my website here:

For the purpose of this trip however, I may note that I am an AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide & CAA Affiliate Member, have taken my AMGA Ski Guides Course, and plan to take my AMGA Alpine Guides Course this spring.

**Note: This trip is NOT a guided trip AND the terrain I plan to instruct in is not within my guiding terrain guidelines. While I have extensive experience with steep splitboarding and winter ski mountaineering, I am no way qualified to provide a similar experience as to a guide certified to operate in this terrain. Please take this information into consideration when applying to this course; and if you'd rather take a course from a certified guide, please email me for a list of reccomended providers.**

The goal of this trip is to arm you with the skills to be able to organize and be an active participating member of a team to one of the following locations:

The Tantalus Range. PC: Altus Mtn Guides.

Mount Rainier. PC: National Geographic

Mt. Baker. PC: Baker Mountain Guides.

Also to mention, I plan this trip to be 2 seperate weekends, the first weekend discussing skills based out of the Russett Lake Hut in the Whistler backcountry, followed by a future long weekend trip in one of the locations shown in the pictures above. 

Pre-Reqs: Due to high demand and limited overall group size (8 people total; 4 from the VOC), I am accepting applications by those most motivated to gain these skills and give back to the club. The pre-trip application and form is provided to you on the signup tools once you sign up to be considered for this trip. Before submitting an application and signing up however, below are the trip pre-requisites:

  • AST 1 (AST 1+ or AST2 STRONGLY reccomended)
  • VOC Glacier School G1
  • Confidence survival skiing/riding on double-black diamond terrain in a variety of snow conditions
  • The desire to give back to the Vancouver mountain club community
  • Rappelling experience, technical climbing experience, and/or ice climbing experience is an asset, but not required

If you meet the above pre-reqs, please don't hesistate to sign up and apply! Get stoked to send!

Posted: 2018-02-26 23:20:50
Last modified: 2018-02-26 23:26:01