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Step on the Neve [beginner friendly] · Fri. Apr. 2nd - Sun. Apr. 4th

Warning: This is a tentative trip : Covid :(

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Organized by: Alastair White.

Start: Friday, Apr. 2nd
End: Sunday, Apr. 4th
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Mar. 31st, 8:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Zoom


Perhaps you have heard of the Steps to the Neve? This is a relatively new annual trip that aims to teach folks new to the backcountry the various skills they will need to do a spring ski traverse of the Garibaldi Neve between Elfin Lakes and Rubble Creek. Usually this trip would be a series of several trips, each building on the skills of the last. 

This year, as you may have guessed, that cannot happen. Because the ongoing Covid restrictions in BC are preventing in-person trips now and likely for the foreseeable future. That means that we cannot run the usual series of trips building skills. We are hoping, however, that the restrictions will be eased enough by April to do a Neve crossing. 

This is a beginner friendly trip intended for folks who may never have done a traverse or even any winter overnight trips before. Due to the involved nature of the Neve crossing, it is not a trip well suited to folks who have never skied before or have never toured because the distances we must cross are relatively long and the terrain is complex with glaciers, gullies, and trees. You do not need to be an experienced ski tourer, but survival skiing skills and fundamental touring skills such as skinning and avalanche rescue skills are needed. I am very sorry, but we will have to wait to run the full Steps to the Neve again next year for folks who are new to skiing but would like to cross the Neve :( 

Whether this trip can go ahead will be entirely dependent on what happens with provincial Covid restrictions. As we get closer to the time and we have a clearer idea of what is happening more information will be released. 

Posted: 2021-01-27 11:51:11