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The Annual Brew Debacle (this time with more debacle) · Sat. Nov. 20th - Sun. Nov. 21st

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Organized by: Kaylie Robinson.

Start: Saturday, Nov. 20th, 7:00 am
End: Sunday, Nov. 21st, 10:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 17th, 7:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: TBD


The pre-trip meeting is mandatory!


Early season skiing is where it's at, so the plan is to head up to Brew Hut. The idea is to carry your skis until there is enough snow, and then skin up the rest. This year, to add an extra bit of “debacle” we’ll add two things; the first being a (potentially spicy) creek crossing due to the missing bridge over roe creek, and the other being the requirement that everyone not know what they’re doing (or at least sort of). Everyone who’s got a good amount of backcountry ski experience should make themselves a beginner again, meaning you can AT ski, tele ski, splitboard, find yourself some snowblades, anything really, but it has to be something you haven’t done very much of. **If you’re new to backcountry skiing please bring the setup that you’re most comfortable with, early season skiing is dangerous and there will not be much snow between you and the rocks**

We will sleep in the hut, but you’re welcome to stay in a tent if you’d like. We’ll probably drink a lot of mulled wine in the evening, then in the morning we can hopefully ski for a bit and head back down to the cars.

As I write this in October, I have no idea what the snow conditions will be like. If we're lucky we might be able to ski almost all the way. If not, we might only get 5 turns on the perennial snowfields up there. That's part of why the event is called a debacle. Some years the trip is true to its name, other years it's fantastic, most years it's both at the same time.


In the past this trip has been beginner-friendly, but that was before the roe creek bridge was removed, when the approach was much shorter and less complicated. This year it will be more semi-beginner friendly, since there will be a creek crossing which could be cold and miserable (recommended that everyone bring separate shoes for this), and the approach will be quite a bit longer, so you must be comfortable with longer overnight hikes. That being said, you don’t need to have much (or any) ski experience, and snowshoes are also an option. If it's your first time skiing, it won't be easy and the way down will be even harder (Look up type 2 fun in the VOC glossary).


Ask lots of questions to make sure you are adequately prepared for winter camping, especially if you haven't spent much time in the backcountry. The best places to ask questions are the message board thread and during the pre-trip meeting. A good way to start preparing is to check out our list of necessary gear. Most of it can be rented from the VOC and you can also team up with somebody experienced for shared items like stoves.

When signing up as a driver, you will be asked how many people fit in your car. Please remember to consider that each person has an overnight pack and equipment.

Photo: Joshua Ma

*A note on skis:

AT skis have bindings with a free heel for climbing, but then lock in and perform like regular downhill skis for the descent. 

Telemark skis have a free heel for the ascent and descent. 

The club rents both, but there are way more telemark skis than AT skis and it is first come first serve.

Text adapted from Jess Brown

Posted: 2021-10-02 11:57:00
Last modified: 2021-10-02 12:06:35