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Alpine Skills Course (Wedge Group) · Fri. Jul. 10th - Sun. Jul. 12th

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Organized by: Samuel Belanger-McKoy.

Start: Friday, Jul. 10th
End: Sunday, Jul. 12th


Hey everyone!


July 10-12th (Friday to Sunday) I'm offering mountaineering instruction. 

The trip will occur in the Wedge Group which offers easily accessible and classic mountaineering objectives.



This instructive trip is a great opportunity for those:


-Who have little to no summer mountaineering experience

-That have little experience with glacier travel

-That have little experience with alpine scrambling

-That have not developed confidence to get into the mountains themselves

-That have been reading all the books but have barely indulged the desire

-Who rock climb and want to get into alpine objectives

-Who ski tour and want to improve their skills for ski mountaineering


How many spots are available?  

Only 6!!

               3 spots for guys

               3 spots for girls



Why such a small group? 

       In many circles, this is a big group for mountaineering! I feel that usual VOC group size wouldn't benefit anybody. 7 of us total allows me to offer better mentorship to the    individuals in this trip. Any larger in size and the group might also be harder for me to manage decreasing the safety of the trip.


So what will be taught?

-Alpine scrambling skills and techniques

-Steep snow climbing skills and techniques

-Crevasse rescue skills

-Risk management

-Gear management and application

-Rope management and applications



Who am I?

I go by Sam McKoy. I have been less active with the VOC the past couple of years so newer members might not know me but I'm a good guy to learn from. 

In the summer I work part-time with NOLS as a mountaineering and hiking instructor in Alaska and the Yukon amongst other work. In the winter I work ski guiding and am currently an ACMG Apprentice Ski Guide. This is not a guided trip but I will ask that people sign waivers, so be expectant of that.




Because of the limited spots of the trip, the sign-up page will not only be first come first serve. I'm looking for keeners who also have a lot to gain and a lot to offer to the VOC. Its a pass it along kind of thing. Ill definitely take into consideration those who sign up first but I don't want to blot out those who come across this a bit late.

Posted: 2015-06-08 17:35:42
Last modified: 2015-06-08 17:56:21