Classic Spearhead Traverse…with a Twist

March 30th 2018


Please read the entire trip description
before signing up.

Being first on the waitlist does not
guarantee you a spot. Ideally we will have
skied together at least once to be
considered for this trip. I will not
expand this trip past 6 people.

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

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. It would
be ideal for the group to 1 day of
training together to ensure we are on the
same page; and

6) A willingness to share equipment 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.

Participants will be screened. If we
have not skied together recently, or at
all, please send an email to me describing
your general fitness, touring experience
and ski ability, and whether you are
willing and able to lead trips (the little
box on the ACC website may not be enough).

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

Guest sign-up

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