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February 8, 2017 at 10:56 #14906
My winters are tied up with skiing and ice climbing, but I’m always looking for new people to go do stuff with. I also really enjoy photography so I’m happy to lug a few kilos of camera gear around and compare notes. If you’re looking to do some scrambles once the snow season is winding down, let me know.
PhilNovember 29, 2016 at 08:33 #14259
I was climbing up the Icefields Parkway this weekend and while not everything was in, we found some ice. Our group climbed Shades of Beauty (well, the first pitch at least), Meltout seemed to go and while Bow Falls wasn’t looking fun, there was some WI3/4 thing nearby that provided a couple of pitches of fun.
Jenny – sucks that you have to leave Saturday night. Med school is clearly getting in the way of hanging out with ME and therefore I think you should drop out.
Holli – I think you’re the only one in Canmore, so we’ll meet you at Rampart.
Nando and I are on dinner so far and we need one more volunteer to help out.
Stoked!November 25, 2016 at 14:25 #14223
So, I guess we’re trying this climbing thing next weekend. I’m going to scout things out this weekend so hopefully I’ll know where all of the fat, fat ice is.
A couple of planning notes – just about everyone has sent in their cash for the hostel, so thanks for that.
Food – how about two people volunteer to help me with a main course (fajitas/tacos/some sort of food in wrap form). Everyone else, please bring an appy, a desert or a beverage to share.
Carpool – we’re leaving Our Lady of the Assumption School parking lot at 6pm
Any last questions? Concerns?
See you next weekend!November 17, 2016 at 20:55 #14169
Hey Alana, Kiran spoke to Kananaskis today and they were saying that it was pretty thin out there. As in we’re walking. They’re estimating snow coverage at the pass at only a few centimetres – though they haven’t been out there. I’m going to hike in personally.November 17, 2016 at 12:27 #14165
Oh and a quick note regarding avi gear – there is no real avi risk on the way to or from the hut. If you ambitions of really exploring the local area, you could bring your kit, but I don’t know that I will personally bother as I don’t see myself entering any terrain steep enough to slide that has any snow loading. There’s lots of hiking to do without messing with avi slopes.November 14, 2016 at 23:21 #14153
Okay, a few notes for this weekend!
1. It’s a potluck meal. Katherine and I are making a big main course along with Felipe and Kiran. I’m thinking that we’re making pasta with a bolognese sauce. The only dietary restriction I’m aware of is a lactose intolerance. Everyone else, please bring an appy, side or desert.
If you’re searching for something to bring, I can fill you in on a recipe for backcountry-bailey’s-chocolate-fondue.
2. It’s BYOB and I recommend bring more than you think you’ll need. This tends to be a fun event. Backcountry Daiquiris can be made with rum, mix, a ton of snow and are hilariously good. Boxed wine is also not a terrible idea.
3. So, uh, the weather. Yea. Um. It looked so, so promising. And now it’s summer again. For those of you who are on ‘the facebook’ there’s some photos in the local scrambling group which give you an idea of conditions (not sure if that link will work).
Basically, for the very first time, it may not make sense to bring skis. This may be more of a hiking trip than a ski trip. Not the end of the world, but uh, not my Plan A.
I’ll update later in the week after I speak with K-Country again, but unless something drastic happens, if you want to bring skis, bring your scree skis. Otherwise, I recommend bringing late season hiking gear – good boots, poles, hard shells and lots of warm stuff.
4. Departure Time – I’m updating the departure time, it’s going to be 6pm sharp, so if you’re coming in with us, please meet at the carpool at 5:45 so we can be on the road at 6pm sharp. If you’re going to be late, coming in Saturday or not going to be meeting us for any other reason, please let me know so we don’t wait for you.
5. See you Friday! Stoked! Let me know if you have any other questions!May 20, 2016 at 16:57 #13139
Susan, I love that article! It parallels stuff put out by Avalanche Canada that talks about how despite the (10 fold?) increase in back country skiers over the last decade, fatality rates are actually dropping thanks to better educated parties.
As your article also intonated – I just don’t think ‘people like us’ represent a huge portion of SAR’s expenses.
After rescuing my friend Adriana and her blown knee out of the Duffy with some SAR assistance (thanks to lousy weather they showed up 20 hours into the rescue effort which reminded us that hitting ‘SOS’ on a SPOT does not mean a heli just magically appears), I spoke with the lead SAR tech and asked if he had any advice or pointers for the future – obviously having to call SAR is not Plan A. He laughed and said it was a pleasure to come help a party that actually needed it. We were experienced, prepared and actively engaged in self rescue. He claimed that 99% of their calls were to rescue (and this is a direct quote) “… saggy pantsed f&$%-wits out the back of Whistler.” Honestly one of my favourite quotes ever.
I sort of think all parks should be free (at very least for people who live here – I’m not totally opposed to using them as a tourism revenue generator since tourism is a pretty luxury thing), so I’m not wild about the National Parks model for funding rescue. I don’t like the idea of any semblance of an economic barrier to playing outside. One of the best things about hiking is that all you need are a good trail, a pair of shoes and a water bottle (and a map and headlamp)- almost anyone can afford it – so I don’t like adding the barrier of park fees which might inhibit some recently laid off or displaced family from getting outside. I feel like a parents struggling to get by with a little kid deserve to be able to go take their kid for a hike without worrying about ‘what if someone falls and breaks a leg and they need help’.
While I personally feel badly leaning on public resources by calling SAR when necessary – I agree with North Shore SAR and Susan’s article that there should never be a direct cost associated so that people call before things get really dire. Similarly, I don’t like the idea of a fee based insurance plan that once again provides a barrier to lower income families to go enjoy the parks (or wilderness outside of the parks).
I’d way rather the taxes of those who can afford it go up a bit so that everyone can enjoy the parks without barriers rather than ask some recently laid off or displaced family to fork over a few bucks to go camping for the weekend and let the kids enjoy being outside.
Likewise, while most local rescues aren’t for ‘real’ mountaineers but rather for wildly unprepared hikers getting pulled off of Heart and Yam, I would way rather my tax dollars pay for that than pay for their healthcare costs because they chose to spend yet another weekend watching the local sports team get exercise from the comfort of their couch.
And when I start feeling too guilty, I make a donation either directly to the SAR team that most recently helped me out, or to the BC SAR Association in general.
Besides, all those rescued hikers who had no idea what they were doing and got lost while wearing a t-shirt in a snowstorm are just people who need the loving embrace of the ACC to show’em how to do it right.