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Sphinx Dreams Are Made of These - Advanced Beginner Friendly Trip · Fri. Mar. 16th - Sun. Mar. 18th

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Organized by: William Raleigh-Smith.

Start: Friday, Mar. 16th, 5:00 pm
End: Sunday, Mar. 18th, 10:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Mar. 13th, 8:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: In the clubroom MAP



Stoked for snow? Got your AST1? Looking for similar skill level people to ski with?

This is the trip for you!

The plan is to head up to Burton Hut on the weekend of march 17/18.

Burton Hut is the oldest of the VOC's current huts, the Venerable Roland Burton was responsible for its construction. It has some sweet skiing on Panorama Ridge, Gentian Peak, The Sphinx, and The Bookworms. There is also our last resort: "The Garbage Pile" .

Advanced Beginner friendly means that you're a fit (ish) and at least semi-educated but not necessarily experienced backcountry skiier. You have at minimum a combination of resort skiing and backcountry life experience. Backcountry ski experience always helps. You should also have experienced appreciated  "Type 2 fun". (see VOC Wiki "Glossary" for this and other fantastic words).

Note that telemark ski experience may be substituted for by mental and physical strength with a healthy dose of determination and stoke.

AST1 is borderline required. I say borderline because if you convince me that you're really experienced I won't be unreasonable. If you don't have it please email or text to convince me that you're a badass :)


Trip planning

In an ideal world, we will summit something (probably The Sphinx) on Saturday and then ski some more. We'll vegetate and ski out on Sunday.

We will EITHER drive up friday night and ski late in the dark OR depart early saturday morning. This will depend on participant stoke/experience levels and conditions. I am inclined to leave friday because I am a trogolodyte.

Advantages of late nights:

- More time spent in the hut

- Crazy(er) people can still wake up  really early the next day and ski more things (some sleep mandatory)

- Lazy(er) people can sleep in and still get to ski things in the Backcountry

- Avoid trail crowds in the morning

- Logistically easierstart in the mornings


Advantages of early mornings:

- Morning people can watch night owls suffer

-if avi forecast is unfavourable we're going in the morning

-Sleep in your own bed, rather than risk middle of the night whiteout and surprise snow caving ( This point is humourous.You can't really see at night, so why would a whiteout make a difference? We're bringing navigation regardless)

Posted: 2018-03-01 13:55:50
Last modified: 2018-03-02 20:35:38