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Trip Information
Name: Up and Over
Starts: Sat Dec 02, 2017
Meetup: 5:50am Location in Planning Forum
Return: Sat Dec 02, 2017

Registration opens: Sun Nov 26, 2017
Event category: Backcountry Skiing
Difficulty grade: C1/2  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 12

Organizer: Cliff Eschner
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

1. Can you drive? Or do you prefer to ride with someone? What city are you coming from?

2. Avi training? How practiced/capable are you at rescuing someone?

3. How many years downhill skiing? Level of ability? How many years backcountry skiing?

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Participant Information

Up and Over

Ski Tour Up and Over Round Mountain to Elfin Lakes ~ 22km

The Up and Over segment is not the standard route

Elfin Lakes Shelter - photo credit: ClubTread forum post

This tour is suitable for new-to-backcountry skiers with good skinning technique and an intermediate level of downhill skiing ability. You should have experience with your backcountry equipment.  While this trip is fairly straightforward, good skiing ability is always needed in the backcountry to be able to handle poor snow conditions. Distance is long so a good level of fitness and endurance is required. Moderate pace with re-grouping.

Starting from Diamond Head trailhead. Short breaks at Red Heather Shelter (5km), Elfin Lakes Shelter (11km), and again at Red Heather Shelter on the return (16km). 

Some minor route finding for the Up and Over segment.

Summit of Round Mountain is 1646m.

Expect to be back after dark.

Online Avalanche Tutorial 

Gear required: 10 Essentials


Digital transceiver, Probe and Shovel. Headlamp suitable for skiing.

Gear for Winter Backcountry travel. AT ski equipment.

We wear our ski helmets for the downhill.

Organizer will bring GPS with tracks; Personal Locator Beacon; First aid kit.

Access to Diamond Head Parking (Elev ~900m) is a narrow unpaved mountain road which can be rough, muddy, icy, or snow covered. Snow tires and carry chains required.

Recommended carpooling amount approx $20. Please bring funds and arrrange with driver.

Bring a treat such as chocolate or cheese to share :)

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

For last minute questions and updates contact me by phone.

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