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Name: Christmas Gully
Starts: Sat Dec 24, 2016
Meetup: 6:55am - Location in Planning Forum
Return: Sat Dec 24, 2016

Registration opens: Wed Dec 21, 2016
Event category: Backcountry Skiing
Difficulty grade: B3  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 6

Organizer: Cliff Eschner
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

How many passengers with skis and gear can you take? Or do you prefer to carpool?

What Avi training have you taken? How capable are you at rescuing someone?

What is your backcountry skiing experience? What is your level of skiing ability?

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Participant Information

Ski Tour: Christmas Gully return via Howe Sound Crest Trail, ~8km Loop

T'was the Night before Christmas, and all 'round the mountain, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...

When what to my wondering eyes did appear? But backcountry skiers chasing the deer...


Are you a Christmas orphan or misfit? Want to get out on a local ski tour the day before Christmas?


Join us on this moderate local backcountry ski tour. Some sections might be difficult. Expect some early season hazards. We have been up in this area recently, but some route-finding will be required to complete the loop. The pace will be friendly with re-grouping. Bring headlamp suitable for skiing.

Refer to Baldwin, 3rd Ed, page 38, Mt. Strachan. We will be choosing easier, more conservative lines, using the Baden-Powell to circumnavigate Hollyburn, returning via Howe Sound Crest Trail.

This trip is Not considered suitable for skiers new to backcountry.

Mandatory equipment: Avi gear: Transceiver, Probe and Shovel. Headlamp suitable for skiing.

Links:  Online Avalanche Tutorial 


Organizer will use the Planning Forum for additional information as required.

For last minute questions and updates contact me by phone.


Gear required: 10 Essentials https://www.mountaineers.org/learn/how-to/the-ten-essentials/

Gear for Winter Backcountry travel, Avi gear (Transceiver, Probe, Shovel), AT or Tele skis.

Organizer will bring GPS with tracks; map and compass; Personal Locator Beacon; camera; first aid kit.

Welcome additional gear: GPS, PLB, camera, first aid kit, chocolate and cheese to share :)


Expected conditions:  Early season hazards.

Recommended carpooling cost:  please arrange with driver; bring funds.

Emergency Info:  please make sure your Emergency Contact info has been added to your web-account profile.  You can do this by logging into the bcmc.ca website, click on: My Account (top of page)... then click on Edit Emergency Contact (top-left column).  Please re-enter your password to complete the process.  Your emergency contact info is stored *privately* and only made available to those organizing trips *you* choose to attend.

Medical Info:  any info that should be shared with the organizer(s), please send an email and/or phone ASAP.  For example, if you are very allergic to bee/wasp bites, or you are taking medication that could be vital information to First Aid Responders.  Anything you choose to share will remain private.

Cancellation:  We'll check the weather forecast for where we're going the evening before we meet.  If the weather forecast does NOT appear to be adequate for a safe outing then the trip will be cancelled and everyone will be notified by email.

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