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Name: Self arrest and crampon practice on Seymour
Starts: Tue Apr 26, 2016
Meetup: Canadian Superstore 7am (time flexible (see above))
Return: Tue Apr 26, 2016

Registration opens: Sun Apr 24, 2016
Event category: Practice
Difficulty grade: A2-3  [?]
For members only: No
Screening used: No
Max participants: 6

Organizer: Marie Burle
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Participant Information

Note: great time flexibility: contact me if you would like to do this any time on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday this week (see below for more detail).

Come with me practice self arrest with an ice axe and walking around with boot crampons whether you are a total noob (as I am), or are experienced and either want to practice a bit, test new crampons, see how they fit with your boots or whether you want to help the noobs!

If you are a noob too, it might be a good idea to watch some youtube videos on self arrest technique and walking with crampons before coming.

I signed up to Rainier in a day, but my experience stops where I take my skis off. So I need to figure out how to use crampons and ice axe and test whether the used crampons I just bought will stay on my ski boots.

I expect the whole thing to last about 2-3 hours.

Gear required:

Ice axe

Crampons that fit the boots you will wear (I will be wearing my ski boots as that is what I want to test, but hiking boots or ski boots work depending what you want to practice or test).

Beacon, shovel, probe (though, I am not sure whether those are still necessary: I haven't been on the shore for a while and I am not sure how much snow there is. I am planning on taking them in case).

Skis or showshoes to get to the practice slope? I am not sure how much snow there is left and if we don't get there very early in the day, there might be some post holing involved. Not sure whether we should bother taking skis or snowshoes though. I probably won't.

I thought it might be best to do this early morning when the snow is a bit harder, even if there isn't any real over night re-freeze these days. But if nobody can do morning, this could be done after work. The snow will be more mushy, but that might still work. So I am very flexible with time - sign up and contact me if another time on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday works for you.

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