FULL. Course: 2018 Intermediate Mountaineering - Thu, Jun 28 2018

PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
STATUS: Cancelled - Hide from Calendar
Event Type:Training
Event Location:Jim Haberl Hut, Tantalus Range - Coast Mountains
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Jun 28 2018  6:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: 4:30 PM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 1 2018 12:00:00 AM
Event Duration:1 Extra Long Weekend
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Brian Messer
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Member Cost:$464.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 & Older Only
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 15 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

June 28th, 6:30pm - 2nd July, 6:30pm

A 4.5 day volunteer run course in the Tantalus Mountain range, aimed at providing additional training opportunities for section members.

  1. Broaden and expand on technical skills learned in other section courses.
  2. Provide a venue for participants to step into leadership roles.
  3. Introduce participants to club huts, club resources, and club history.

We have two simple hopes for this course:
  1. To create knowledge gaps.
  2. To provide material with which you can fill them.
Weíll show you some technical skills, play with some gear, and chat about leadership. Hopefully, weíll also shed light on your biases and challenge you to break down your process, so that overall assumptions donít go unchecked.

Itís important to acknowledge that all outdoor sports inherently contain risk, and often as beginners, we use rules of thumb to get us through these scenarios. We filter our drinking water, build EARNEST anchors, carry the 10 essentials and place as much gear in a climb as we need to feel comfortable. These rules all work great... at least until they don't. What happens when you run out of gear on a climb or simply get in over your head?

Take a moment to consider, what then? Do you run-out the pitch and face falling? Do you downclimb and back off? If falling means injury, do you switch to aid climbing and finish it that way? Would your answer change if your partner was shivering? What if it is getting dark, or it starts raining? And, what if you could no longer see all the way up or down?

Unfortunately, there is no model without its flaws and no single solution that can work for everyone. Through facilitating discussions, setting up scenarios, and giving you the opportunity to learn new skills, we hope that this course empowers you not to blindly follow the best practices of others or even industries, but instead to ask the right questions, investigate clues, explore opportunities and create good habits for yourself.

This course will be catered with help from local section member (and camp-cook extraordinaire), Marlene Ford. This allows us to maximize the time available to deliver course content, so participants should expect jam- packed days and at least one night's worth of course content. Total cost: $464 or $310 with bursary (explained in further detail below).

  • Return helicopter flight from Squamish.
  • One night camping or lodging in Squamish.
  • Jim Haberl Hut user fees.
  • All prepared meals while at the hut.
  • Access to all group gear.
Note: Unlike all other courses, this one is not run on a break- even capacity. It is significantly subsidized, making it cheaper for members to participate in. We hope that in doing so, all eligible club members are able to attend - something that would not be possible without the clubís support.

Given the above, there are also two one-third ($154) bursaries available to members in need in-order to help make this course financially accessible. We recognize that our volunteers come from all walks of life / all stages of life, and without this diversity of support, weíd struggle to stay afloat. These course subsidies are aimed at members whose current means are very limited, and due to financial constraints may not otherwise be able to attend.

During your application, please indicate if youíd like to be considered for a course subsidy. Youíll need to fill out some additional information to tell us why, and weíll ask that you provide a short write-up following the course in exchange. Since the course is already heavily subsidised, itís suggested that anyone above the lowest tax brackets should not apply for this support.

This course was created to provide additional training opportunities for section members; it has no ambitions to put more trips on the calendar or create guides, but does aspire to promote leadership values and traits. The course builds on foundational skills, and as such there are prerequisites to attend.
  • Active trip leader, course leader, or club volunteer.
  • Previously attended BMC course, or can prove competency otherwise.
  • Able to build an anchor with traditional climbing gear.
  • Previous experience with first-aid through a course or professional practice.
  • Completed overnight mountaineering trip within previous year.
  • These prerequisites should form an absolute minimum standard for people attending the course. Omitting some extraordinary circumstances, very little leeway will be given.

    You must fill out the application form to participate in this course: https://goo.gl/95tpru

    Signup order has zero significance for this course, as it is not provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Our team will review and approve applications in March, giving you 3-4 months to prepare. Preference will be determined by committee, using posted trips or volunteer hours within the last 2 years as a primary guidelines. That said, 30 minutes cleaning an overflowing outhouse is not the same as 30 minutes sitting in on a meeting, so exceptions will apply.

    Unfortunately, given the administrative burden and financial risk, no refunds are available once participants have been accepted, and have confirmed attendance by sending in the course payment. Upon request, a list of people on the wait-list will be provided, and participants will be encouraged to find a replacement for themselves.

    Since the cost is significantly higher than other section courses, it may be smart to purchase trip insurance. This way, if something happens and you canít attend or find a replacement, you arenít on the hook. Our two favourite insurance providers are listed on the website at: http://accvancouver.ca/partners /

    For those interested, hereís a glimpse at our course outline. As lesson plans and schedules are developed, and terrain options are taken into consideration, changes may occur.
    • Trip Planning And Trip Planning Resources
    • Leadership Roles & Responsibilities
    • Group Dynamics, Decision Making, Conflict Resolution
    • Helicopters & Group Safety
    • Wilderness Ethics & Stewardship
    • Radios, Operator Licences & Other Communication Devices
    • NFPA / UIAA / Gear Strengths, Standards & Classifications
    • Rule Based Systems / Breaking the Rules
    • Advanced Anchor Building, Terrain Belays, Transitions & Shortcuts
    • Mountain Navigation / Orienteering / Glacier Travel
    • Mountain Rescue, Rope Rescue, Crevasse Rescue
    • Common First-Aid Scenarios & Hypothermia Review
    • Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Response Planning & CISM
    • Club Resources & Opportunities to Get Involved
    • Course Debrief

    A huge amount of behind the scenes work goes into making these courses happen by our willing and committed volunteers. This course is the brain-child of Raz Peel, and the course curriculum is being developed by him with support from many others, including section superheros and local guides. Brian Messer is the course coordinator, and is doing the job of herding cats and answering your questions. Get in touch if you are unsure about anything, but please be patient too, especially over the weekends, holidays and brunch. If you have applied and havenít heard back, please just hang-tight! We promise to get back to you in due time.

    Brian Messer: brian.messer@accvancouver.ca

    A course handout will be sent to all approved candidates. Itís our expectation that you allow yourself sufficient time to read and understand the outlined content, as well as the required pre-course reading, identified below.

    We looking forward to seeing you all in the mountains this year!

    Required Items to Bring:
    Space is limited in the helicopter, so everyone is allowed to bring one overnight pack, and one day-pack; combined, they must weigh in at less than 120lbs. As per most mountain adventures, no extra equipment or replacements will be available once we are airborne, so please arrive properly equipped. We will encourage participation where safe to do so, but forgetting a harness may mean wearing a diaper sling, and forgetting your sun-glasses may mean using duct-tape to cover eyes, so weíd really encourage you to double and triple check your gear before leaving.

    This list is not comprehensive, in-fact, itís a BARE MINIMUM list, designed for you to build on yourself. The best clothes to bring are the ones that keep you as warm as you want to be, and your complete system should be able to keep you head-to-toe dry.

    • Shirts to protect you from the sun on a hot day.
    • Layers to keeps you warm on cold nights.
    • Pants. Leggings can come too, but with the company of pants.
    • Rain layers, both top and bottom.
    • Sweat wicking socks - multiple pairs.
    • A toque (or similar), a buff and a baseball cap / sun-hat too.
    • Gaiters - which should go with you anytime you pack crampons.
    • Gloves - which should go with you anytime you pack an ice axe.
    General Equipment
    • Day pack - our suggestion is 35-45, but you know you.
    • Tupperware box that will fit a sandwich and some snacks.
    • Ear plugs (likely available via Blackcomb Aviation if you forget).
    • Water - you should be carrying 2 liters at minimum most days.
      Hydration bladders are great if you want, but they tend to rupture or freeze at inopportune times, so should be in addition to a Nalgene or similar bottle.
    • Warm enough sleeping bag, and your favorite pillow.
    • Two pairs of sunglasses, travel size sunscreen, and lip balm with UV protection.
    • Toiletries in a small bag and a wag bag. Toilet paper is available at the hut, but itís always smart to carry a small amount with you during the day.
    • Headlamp, a compact first-aid kit, and your emergency supplies.
    Technical Gear
    • Climbing specific helmet & harness, and an ice axe or ice-tool.
    • Mountaineering boots and crampons that have been fitted and tested together.
    • One or two collapsible hiking poles, depending on preference.
    • Materials to build two climbing anchors, with whatever gear you commonly use.
    • A belay device that can be used to top-belay a second climber.
    Miscellaneous / Optional
    • Chocolate for your group.
    • Snacks to fill in the food gaps throughout the trip.
    • Alcoholic drink for final day celebrations.
    • Reading material for around camp.
    The list is left vague and fairly unspecific on purpose so you can bring whatever works best for you. Trial and error is normally the best teacher, but to avoid any surprises, please donít bring anything with you that you havenít field tested yourself. Remember, most of the above should be considered the bare minimum to bring with, and your own pack may have much more.

    This is the course specific gear that we want you to have to to fully participate in the lessons.
    • 6mm supple accessory cord (4m length) - NOT FROM MEC.
    • An avalanche probe - available to borrow via the section.
    • Map 92G14, and a compass with declination adjustment.
    • A triple action carabiner that cannot be cross loaded - like the Mammut Smart HMS Carabiner or the BD Gridlock Magnetron Carabiner.
    • A v-shaped picket like the ones from Yates.
    • A notebook (ideally a waterproof one), a mechanical pencil, and a pen.
    • Two ice screws - 1 long, 1 short.

    Required pre-reading for this course is the Outdoor Leadership Handbook .
    This book is available via the section (to course participants) for the reduced rate of $17. When applying, please indicate that you would like to obtain a copy of this book.

    Note: Climb On Equipment in Squamish provide rentals for FREE in order for you to participate. To take advantage of this, simply tell them that you are taking an ACC Instructional Course. If you have any gear questions or to rent gear, call them: 1-877-48- CLIMB.

    If it helps jog your memory, the Basic Mountaineering Course gear list is available for reference online: BMC Equipment List
    Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

    How to Get There:
    Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):80Km
    Carpool Departure Time: 4:30 PM
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    ** Vancouver Transit Info
    Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $20.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.25, effective Friday, September 21, 2018). This is based on the current provincial government rate for private vehicle use.  Please pay your share of the cost to the carpool driver.

    • Applicants must belong to Vancouver Section of the Alpine Club of Canada at the time of the course.

    - Registration is not complete until you've signed up and, if required, paid in full to the Alpine Club of Canada Vancouver Section, either through PayPal, or sent to the Event Leader.
    - When a minimum group size appears, this is to let you know that the event will be cancelled with refunds to those who have already paid, if the minimum number of registered participants is not met.
    - We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

    Cost & Payment:
    Member Cost:$464.00/Person
    Cost Includes:
    DO NOT PAY until you have been notified of your acceptance into the course.
    Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the ACC VA on Thu, Mar 1 2018.
    Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

    Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
    Please review our Etiquette Guidelines!
    Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!