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Name: There And Back Again
Starts: Sun Jan 26, 2020
Meetup: 5:25am Location in Planning Forum
Return: Sun Jan 26, 2020

Registration opens: Fri Jan 24, 2020
Event category: Backcountry Skiing
Difficulty grade: C2  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 10

Organizer: Cliff Eschner
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

1. Can you drive and have you used your chains before? 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 and level of ability? How many years backcountry skiing?

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Participant Information

There And Back Again

Ski Tour to Elfin Lakes ~ 22km

This tour is suitable for new-to-backcountry skiers who have been on a few trips this season and have their equipment dialled. While this trip is fairly straightforward, good skiing ability is always needed in the backcountry to be able to handle poor snow conditions. A possible mixed bag of rain, snow and icy conditions at lower elevations will test your clothing and gear choices. Distance is long so a good level of fitness and endurance is required. Moderate pace with re-grouping.

Starting from Diamond Head trailhead. Re-group at Red Heather Shelter (5km), Elfin Lakes Shelter (11km), and quick stop at Red Heather Shelter on the return (16km). 

Expect to be back after dark [ headlamp ].

Gear required: 10 Essentials

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

We wear our ski helmets for the downhill.

We are bringing micro-traction (trail-crampons) in case we need to walk up icy road to trailhead.

Organizer will bring GPS with tracks; inReach/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. Winter tires and carry chains required.

Recommended carpooling amount approx $25. Please bring funds and arrange 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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