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Name: Snow Anchor & Roped Climbing Practice
Starts: Sun Jan 14, 2018
Meetup: Commercial & Broadway
Return: Sun Jan 14, 2018

Registration opens: Fri Jan 12, 2018
Event category: Practice
Difficulty grade: A4  [?]
For members only: No
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 6

Organizer: Dean Chamberland
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Trip Planning Questions

Can you bring a dry rope? If so, what length and diameter do you have?

Any preference for carpool/meet at trail?

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Participant Information

Apologies for the last minute notice, but a window of opportunity appeared and Sunday's weather is looking nice, so good chance to hone some snow anchor mountaineering skills. 

This is not a course - and I'm not teaching - however novices and experts alike are welcome; you should already have some experience and familiarity with your equipment along with: 


  • Belaying / climbing techniques 
  • Self arrest 
  • Rope work 
  • Snow anchors 
  • AST 1 or better
  • General mountaineering 


The Plan: 

Skin up a short distance behind Seymour ski resort to some micro terrain that is steep enough for us to use for the pitch up the snow and to then rap down, but manageable in terms of risk (fall & avalanche-wise ). It's going to be a very light work out (~40 minutes up, less down) and we'll be standing around for a few hours, so dress warmly 

Bring : 

  • Your snow protection (fluke/deadman, picket, ice axe(s) or ice tools 
  • Harness, helmet, belay device, biners, runners..etc 
  • *Crampons optional: will be helpful for real world simulation, but not a must as snow will be soft
  • *Rope: we will hopefully have a few to share; advise if you have one 
  • Avy gear: unlikely that we will put ourselves in a threatening spot however out of an abundance of caution, please bring  

Proposed timing:

  • Meet at the Seymour trailhead at the end of the parking lot at 10:15 am
  • Practice until ~ 1pm depending on how the group feels, then ski back.
  • Return to the city by ~2pm
  • Possible meet up/carpool opportunities (I'm coming from Mt Pleasant) so advise any preferences in the question /answers.
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