About ACC VA
Alpine Club of Canada
ACC Vancouver Island
Varsity Outdoor Club
ACC Trip Waiver
Ski Mountaineering Skills and Mentorship Course** - Joint ACC and VOC Event! - Fri, Mar 16 2018
Download to your Outlook Calendar
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.
|Event Location:||Russett Lake Hut|
|Date(s) & Time:||Fri, Mar 16 2018
8:00 AM (Carpool Departure: 6:30 AM *log in for location*)
|Registration Cut Off:
Fri, Mar 9 2018 11:55:00 PM
|Event Duration:||3 Days|
|Difficulty Rating:||D3: Difficult|
You must be logged in to get the Event Leader contact information.
Members Only, All Ages Welcome
Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
|Number Registered So Far:||
1 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
|Hello all stoked winter shredders! Have you been touring all
winter long and been hitting the same touring objectives for the
last couple months? Or have you ever thought about how you can
blend your two favorite activities (climbing and skiing) into one
glorious adventure smorgasboarg? Or on those sunny days, have
you looked in awe at mountains such as Mount Baker, the
Tantalus Range, and Fissile Mountain to only dream of doing
some lines back there in winter? Well if so, today's your lucky
day! Join me as your lead instructor, as well as a total of 4 other
VOCers and 4 ACCers, to discuss the skills involved in ski
mountaineering! Topics in this clinic will include:
-Traveling in glaciated terrain on skis
-Movement skills in ski mountaineering, including: bootpacking,
4th class terrain management, rappelling into couloirs, etc
-Ski mountaineering transitions
-Snowpack assessment techniques
-Routefinding, navigation and tour planning
For a detailed cirriculum and itinerary, please email me with your
questions, as it is difficult to insert a Google Drive link into this
website framework. Thank you!
Beyond the cirriculum discussed above, I'd like this trip to be an
opportunity for us to grow within our Vancouver mountain
community at-large by inviting this event to be collaborative with
the UBC Varsity Outdoors Club (VOC). In addition, I aim to accept
2 men and 2 women from each club to participate in this trip.
The aim here is to provide a linkage within our clubs'
communities, as well as encourage development of skills and
leadership amongst the whole club demographic.
If you aren't familiar with who I am in the VOC and/or ACC, I've
been around for a number of years in the VOC and have started
to do more trips with the ACC. My list of credentials are
extensive, however I won't bore you with them all, so if you wish
to learn more about me, feel free to check out my website here:
For the purpose of this trip however, I may note that I am an
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide & CAA Affiliate Member, have
taken my AMGA Ski Guides Course, and plan to take my AMGA
Alpine Guides Course this spring.
**Note: This trip is NOT a guided trip AND the terrain I plan to
instruct in is not within my guiding terrain guidelines. While I
have extensive experience with steep splitboarding and winter ski
mountaineering, I am no way qualified to provide a similar
experience as to a guide certified to operate in this terrain.
Please take this information into consideration when applying to
this course; and if you'd rather take a course from a certified
guide, please email me for a list of recommended providers.**
The goal of this trip is to arm you with the skills to be able to
organize and be an active participating member of a team to one
of the following locations (Tantalus Range, Mt. Rainier, Mount
Also to mention, I plan this trip to be 2 seperate weekends, the
first weekend discussing skills based out of the Russett Lake Hut
in the Whistler backcountry, followed by a future long weekend
trip in one of the locations shown in the pictures above.
Pre-Reqs: Due to high demand and limited overall group size (8
people total; 4 from the ACC), I am accepting applications by
those most motivated to gain these skills and give back to the
club. The pre-trip application and form is provided to you on the
signup tools once you sign up to be considered for this trip.
Before submitting an application and signing up however, below
are the trip pre-requisites:
-AST 1 (AST 1+ or AST2 STRONGLY recommended)
-ACC Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC)
-Confidence survival skiing/riding on double-black diamond
terrain in a variety of snow conditions
-The desire to give back to the Vancouver mountain club
-Rappelling experience, technical climbing experience, and/or
ice climbing experience is an asset, but not required
If you meet the above pre-reqs, please don't hesitate to sign up
and apply! Get stoked to send!
**Note: When you sign up or add yourself to the waitlist for this
course, your application will not be considered until you submit
an application on this Google Sheet link:
|Required Items to Bring:|
Will be provided in logistics package if
participant is accepted
|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):||240Km|
|Carpool Departure Time:||
Log in for location
Log in for directions
** Vancouver Transit Info
Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $60.00 (calculated at total Km * $0.25, effective Thursday, March 22, 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.
Please use this link to your application form to
apply to the event:
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.
Please review our Etiquette Guidelines!
Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!