This course is more expansive than the 2 hour indoor sessions held in December at the Hive. Please allow for a full day (7 to 8 hours).
The planned location is Dinky Peak, adjacent the the Mt Seymour parking lot. We will need either BC Parks parking passes (available 2 days before the day of the course) or we will pay for Mt Seymour Resort snowshoe passes ($17 pp) to guarantee that we have access to parking. We will meet at a nearby coffee shop before 7:30am to sign waivers and arrange a carpool to Mt Seymour. HollyBurn is an alternate location.
This course will be cancelled or rescheduled if the weather is not suitable for 7 to 8 hours outside.
** The only guests allowed are VOC Members **
-Adequate fitness for a full day outside (we will not travel far)
-Prior indoor training is helpful but not required
-Knowledge of the knots listed below
-Tying-in and travel advice
-Snow Anchors (T-slot, X, I)
-Haul systems (2:1, 3:1, 5:1)
-Ascending a rope
Please practice the following knots before the session:
Figure 8 follow through: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFlwrvggas0
Overhand on a bight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fOKk1HPjbI
Figure 8 on a bight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbB85p_uJsE
Prussic knot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFHxQ5fiUvI
-Touring gear (skis or board, skins, poles, boots) or snowshoes
-Avi Gear (probe, shovel, beacon)
-Layers for all weather (cold, snow)
-Food and water
-Crevasse rescue gear (1 each: harness, short prussic, 5-6m prussic, 120cm sling; 4x locking biners; 3 non-locking biners)
-Chocolate for the leader!!
-Micro Traxion (or similar)
Sign-ups are no longer available for this event.