The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Classic Spearhead Traverse...with a Twist - Fri, Mar 29 2019

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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:Skiing
Event Location:Whistler
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Mar 29 2019  6:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 28 2019 11:00:00 PM
Event Duration:4 days
Difficulty Rating:D3: Difficult
Event Leader(s): Jonathan Rosen
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 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: 3 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)


This trip is the 'Classic' Spearhead Traverse from Blackcomb to Whistler. So what is the twist? We will spend one extra day camping in the vicinity of the Pattison/ Shudder Glacier for a day of skiing. A descent of the Shudder Glacier is the main objective.

All participants are expected to have:

1) AST1 equivalent or better;

2) Prior touring experience (this trip is not for beginners);

3) Better than average fitness to carry a multi-day pack for 4 days;

4) Strong technical ski ability to ski double-black runs under any conditions. This is important because of the need to ski 4 days with a multi-day pack. although we will not be skiing slopes steeper than 35 degrees, it is important to have a margin or error;

5) Crevasse rescue training; and

6) A willingness to share equipment, including tents, to lighten the load for the group.

It is highly beneficial but not required to have:

1) Winter camping experience;

2) Prior multi-day ski trip experience.

This trip requires good visibility and a 'Moderate' or better alpine avalanche forecast. The trip may be cancelled, the dates changed or relocated if conditions are not favourable.

Required Items to Bring:
Avi gear, touring gear, good attitude, food, water, headlamp, overnight gear including tents, extra clothes, stoves, 4 days of food.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Dark chocolate for the leader.

- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

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

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