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Trip Information
Name: North creek-Pebble creek ski camp in cabins 6 days
Starts: Wed Mar 28, 2018
Meetup: at 8am in MacDonald restaurant of Pemberton
Return: Mon Apr 02, 2018

Registration opens: Thu Mar 01, 2018
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 2017/2018 seasons?

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

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Participant Information

General plan in days is 1) ski in to North creek cabin and leave 1 day of supply there for return ski out day; 2) ski in to Pebble creek cabin on second day (~12 km, +2900/-1900 feet) see for details https://bcmc.ca/m/events/view/1482253690 ; 3-4) spend next days exploring terrain around cabin 5) ski back to North creek cabin 6) ski out back to the Lillooet river road ~5 hours.

Note: participants should have experience with multi day self supported backcountry ski trips; there is a fee $15/night/person as contribution to Pebble cabin maintenance (I wasn't there, but there is information cabin has a sauna).

See John Baldwin book "Exploring the coast Mountains on Skis" p 244-248. 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 to North creek 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 march 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.  For non BCMC members there is a nightly fee for cabin usage - see https://bcmc.ca/club_huts.php

Next 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; tree skiing; etc.

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 + spare batteries
  • Appropriate clothing for being out in the elements all day
  • Gas stove to cook in cabin (you may cooperate with other participants); please no white gas stoves to be used inside cabins.
  • 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 long travel days to make hot drinks during lunch stop.
  • Sleeping bag, pad and earplugs
  • Blisters maintenance kit
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