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Annual WeekEnd Ski Overnight or Morning-Evening @ Red Heather · Sat. Nov. 17th - Sun. Nov. 18th
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Start: Saturday, Nov. 17th, 7:00 am
End: Sunday, Nov. 18th, 4:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: club room
Since 3 years ago, the third weekend of November is the first day of skiing for me. I usually celebrate the beginning of the season at Red Heather shelter. I'm hoping to do the same this year.
This is a beginner friendly trip of type 1 fun. Approach is straight forward on a trail for 5k and no switch back. If you never have backcountry skiied before, this would be nice opportunity to learn how to skin up, coming down without too much pain. If you never snow camped before, this would be exciting opportunity to test your gear and your packing system before you're getting into winter adventure. Red Heather shelter has a wood-burning stove and outhouse - though sleeping inside is not permitted and we should carry up tents and stuff.
Although I advertise this as "skiing" trip, snowshoers are more than welcome to join. We'll stick to the non-avalanching terrain, but I'm happy to accomodate a beacon search practice if there's enough demand (we'll discuss at the pre-trip meeting).
Wiki has gear list (written for 3 day trip, so adjust the amount of food accordingly)
Christian Veenstra gave a concise explanation of what to bring and what not. Basically, you follow the essentials plus tent.
Oh, and we have to pay $10 to stay - we need to register online if we have full 10 ppl, in which case, we'll do registeration at the pre-trip meeting.
There seem to be a road work on the Diamond Head Road - presumably ending the weekend before (12th Nov), just in time for the annual celebration. I will confirm the office before the pre-trip.
Hitherto experience suggest this weekend will gonna be snow blast, then the weather gets warm for a couple of weeks....