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[Steps to the Neve] Part 3: Return of the Overnighter · Sat. Feb. 11th - Sun. Feb. 12th
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Start: Saturday, Feb. 11th, 6:00 am
End: Sunday, Feb. 12th, 10:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Monday, Feb. 6th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom
Please read the Steps to the Neve trip description first.
Signup priority will be given to people who have been on previous Steps to the Neve Trips and skiing ablity, but anyone wanting to do an winter overnight trip is welcome even if you have not participated in the previous trips.
Let's go to VOC Brew hut on skis for one night of winter camping! You can find more information about the hut here:
The trail to the hut is about 13km and 1300m of elevation gain and we should expect a long day (8 hours or more depending on pace of the group and snow/weather conditions) of skinning on Saturday.
We will leave Vancouver early Saturday morning (5 to 6ish), drive to the trailhead and skin up to the hut. We'll stay at the hut for the night. I am not sure there will be enough space for everybody, and some people might have to camp in the snow but we'll talk about this more at the pretrip meeting. We will head back down on Sunday and should be back in Vancouver late Sunday evening. Depending on the skill and pace of people and snow conditions, there might be a chance for skiing a lap or two by the hut (must have AST-1 to do extra laps!).
The pretrip will be Monday, February 6th at 6pm and is mandatory for everybody. If for some reason you cannot make this meeting, please email me ahead of the meeting.
We will be skinning uphill all day with our overnight backpacks, so you will need a good fitness level to skin 1300m elevation in 13km with a 30-40 pound backpack.
You are comfortable skiing on at least green and blue runs in the resort. We'll be skiing back down through trees on Sunday with an overnight pack, which will be significantly more challenging than normal resort skiing.
You have done at least one day of backcountry skiing before, so you are familiar with skinning, layering, basic avalanche awareness and know what it feels like to ski outside of the resort.
- Skinning uphill over a longer distance with more elevation and an overnight backpack.
- Skiing off-piste with an overnight pack, navigating through trees on skis.
Good resource for a gear generally needed on winter overnight trips: https://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Gear_Lists#Winter_Overnight
- Alpine Touring or Tele Skis with Skins and fitting touring boots (the club rents those). If you are renting this gear, you have to make sure that the gear fits you and works before you take it home from the clubroom!
- Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe (the clubroom has those)
- Ski helmet
- The usual overnight camping stuff and 10 essentials, as listed in the link of the first bullet point.
If you need to rent gear, I will be running gear hours right after the pre-trip meeting. Make sure you have cash for the deposit (for ski package + avy package = $480). There are no guarantees that everyone will be able to get the gear they need!
Please take a moment to look through the following resources before the trip.
Winter camping basics: https://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Winter_Camping_Basics
Avalanche Canada online course: https://avysavvy.avalanche.ca/en-ca
Experienced skiers are also welcome to join and help out (navigate, teach skiing).