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Alpine Skills UPDATED · Fri. Jun. 24th - Sun. Jun. 26th

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Organized by: Anton Afanassiev.

Start: Friday, Jun. 24th, 6:00 pm
End: Sunday, Jun. 26th, 11:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Thursday, Jun. 23rd, 7:30 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom


Update 2: The regular group will now have more of a focus on G1 learning/review followed by a somewhat more mellow snow climb or scramble.


Update: One group will now be going on skis to Garibaldi or Mamquam. The other group will likely be going to the Sky Pilot area to attempt a steep snow climb. Let me know if you're interested in skiing when you sign up. I'll start sending out emails for both groups near the end of the week.


Alpine Skills is a trip that aims to build on skills that might be learned in glacier school (glacier travel on a rope team, using an ice axe and crampons) towards the skills needed to complete an alpine climb. This trip will review basic glacier travel skills and then introduce alpine scrambling techniques, steep snow climbing techniques, and risk management strategies. Some topics we might cover are:


  • Moving as a rope team
  • Crevasse rescue and anchor building
  • Alpine scrambling techniques
  • Steep snow climbing techniques
  • Risk management in the alpine
  • Rappelling



Pre-requisites should be considered fairly strict, with those meeting all pre-reqs being more likely to go on the trip.


  • Experience with backpacking on snow (distances of roughly 10 km, 1200 m gain)
  • Experience moving on a glacier, crevasse rescue, snow anchors, and knots (G1 or equivalent)
  • Experience with scrambling
  • Rock 2 or equivalent (rapelling, basic anchors) is an asset but not required

Who will get on the trip:


The number of people who can go on this trip will be limited by the number of VOCers who’ll be able to instruct. I expect we will have room for around 6-8 people. Priority will be given to those who meet all the pre-requisites and those who have the most to gain from this trip. As in previous years, we’ll be trying to give equal representation to both genders.


If you’d like to go, please fill out this form and also indicate whether you're interested or committed using the regular trip signup:




In-person at the clubroom. We’ll go over the trip plan and then do a short dry school. Please read over the glacier manual

And practice your knots beforehand.


Gear You Need:


  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe
  • Harness, carabiners, prussiks, slings for anchors (see glacier manual)
  • ATC


Posted: 2022-05-21 19:22:57
Last modified: 2022-06-20 17:18:29