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Name: North Creek cabin 4 days ski trip
Starts: Thu Mar 09, 2017
Meetup: at 8am in MacDonald restaurant of Pemberton
Return: Sun Mar 12, 2017

Registration opens: Wed Feb 01, 2017
Event category: Backcountry Skiing
Difficulty grade: C3  [?]
For members only: No
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 8

Organizer: Andrei Smertin
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

1) Please shortly describe your backcountry skiing experience.

2) What backcountry ski trips did you make in 2016/2017 seasons?

3) Could you drive a car and how many persons with ski gear can you take?

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Participant Information

This trip is joined  with Alpine Club Canada (Vancouver).

See John Baldwin book "Exploring the coast Mountains on Skis" p 244-247. Access from the Lillooet river road km 17 (road conditions are described in https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/dsq/engineering/roadinformation.htm). Approach on skis will take ~8 hours to 1230m cabin location with 700 meters of elevation. It's ~9km (depends on snow level) on logging road and 5km at the bottom of the valley exposed to large avalanches. There are two creek crossings involved: bring light (rubber) shoes for first ford (was needed in 2016) on way up and down, shoes can also be used inside the cabin. See approach route https://bcmc.ca/m/pedometer/view/North-Creek-cabin-ski-approach

There are several housekeeping tasks in the cabin, which we will do:

  1. clear the roof stovepipe of snow before lighting the stove (took ~1 hour in 2016);
  2. find and supply fire wood for stove (I was informed not much wood was left in cabin)
  3. clear outhouse from snow
  4. bring water from a creek (there were big water canisters in the cabin)

For non BCMC members there is a nightly fee for cabin usage - see https://bcmc.ca/club_huts.php

Next two days schedule will depend on snow and avalanche conditions with conservative consideration of safety. In case of dangerous conditions we could ski the following: gentle Boomerang glacier; explore upper part of Harley river valley; explore approaches to Mt Thiassi.

  • On second day we will ski Pebble Peak 2620m, 18 km round trip.
  • On third day we will ski Sugus Mountain 2470m, 13 km round trip
  • On fourth day we will ski out back to the Lillooet river road ~5 hours.

Gps tracks are created in Google Earth and attached as trip files. Please download them to your GPS (smartphone) device if you have one and will take device with you. That will simplify our navigation in possible white out conditions.

All participants MUST have the following equipment:

  • Beacon, Probe & Shovel
  • AST-1 or higher training
  • AT/telemark ski or splitboard setup (including skins)
  • Headlamp
  • Appropriate clothing for being out in the elements all day
  • Gas stove to cook in cabin (you may cooperate with other participants)
  • Enough food and water to remain on the move for most of the day (thermos for hot drink is recommended). We will take a couple of stoves/pots per group on day 2 and 3 (expected to be long travel days) to make hot drinks during lunch stop.
  • Sleeping bag, pad and earplugs
  • Blisters maintenance kit
Trip Photos
North Creek cabin
_North Creek cabin
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