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Beginner friendly snowshoe daytrip to Eagle Bluffs · Sunday, February 19th
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Start: Sunday, Feb. 19th, 7:30 am
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 15th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom
Since in every beginner friendly ski trip there are snowshoers asking if they can come, I thought it would be a good idea to organize a snowshoe dedicated trip. Also it's a good excuse for my debut organizing a trip in the VOC.
But first things first. IMPORTANT: VOC trip leaders are not professional guides, we are volunteer members just like yourself. The trips go into wilderness areas where assistance is unavailable and unexpected events can occur. You could be seriously injured or die. You are responsible for your own actions. Please use caution.
OK, now to the details. We will be heading to Eagle Bluffs, right next to the Cypress ski area. A description of the trail can be found here although all the pictures there are from the summer. For a closer idea on what to expect if Mother Nature cooperates with nice weather can be found in a BOC trip report (nope, not a typo) although, if the weather is shitty it will look more like this
So, how beginner is beginner? Well, if you haven't ever snowshoed, that's perfect. Even if you hadn't ever seen snow that's fine. I only expect you to be reasonably fit for a 5 hour hike but if you are in the VOC, probably you are.
Since one of my friends (not VOCer) has offered to join me in this trip, I increased the number of participants to 12 plus me and my friend.
What do you need to bring?
- water bottle (at least 2L, unless you know yourself)
- headlamp and batteries
- sun glasses and/or goggles
- poles (can be borrowed from the club)
- snowshoes (can be borrowed from the club)
- warm jacket (fleece or down)
- long underwear (top and bottom)
- toque / hat
- mitts / gloves
- weatherproof jacket (goretex or coated nylon or softshell if weather is forecast to be sunny)
- weatherproof pants (goretex or coated nylon or softshell if weather is forecast to be sunny)
- gaiters (optional if your pants have an integrated snow cuff)
- hiking boots
- Lunch and snacks x1
- pocket knife
- first aid kit
If you have any question, post it on the message board.