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Backcountry Ski Tour, 1/23
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Author:  Ava Holliday [ Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Backcountry Ski Tour, 1/23

Ok, let's try this again:

I'm thinking about organizing a one day backcountry ski tour for Sunday, 1/23. Because conditions are variable, I'll wait until later in the week to post exactly where I'm going.

This will be a mellow ski tour, so you won't need to be in phenomenal shape, but please know how to use all of your gear (especially your avy gear!) and be able to ski reasonably spaced trees without fearing for your life. If you have any questions about your skill level, you are more than welcome to contact me.

Expect to leave Seattle around 7am and return around 4pm.

To keep things kerfuffle free, I'll cap the trip at 8 people (including myself).

Gear required:
skis (with AT or tele bindings - for speed reasons, no snowshoes)
probe (can rent from club)
shovel (can rent from club)
beacon (can rent from club)
desire to shred

If you're interested in coming please post:
1. Can you drive? How many?
2. Do you need to rent any gear?
3. What's your previous backcountry ski experience

Author:  Ava Holliday [ Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Backcountry Ski Tour, 1/23

I'm going on my own trip!

1. I can drive 2 more + their gear
2. No need to rent any gear
3. I have done lots tours and a few multi-day trips in the PNW, Colorado, and California. And by the weekend, I will be a graduate of Avy 1

Author:  babbey [ Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Backcountry Ski Tour, 1/23

Thanks for organizing, Ava!

1. I can drive, if needed although my little Honda civic is not ideal on ice
2. Have all the needed gear.
3. I have done ~ half a dozen moderate back country tours, so I am still learning! However, I love it!

Author:  Kris Haskins [ Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Backcountry Ski Tour, 1/23

1. Nope
2. I have all the gear
3. Lots of skiing experience, with a fair amount in the backcountry

Author:  Jesse [ Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Backcountry Ski Tour, 1/23

Definitely interested. I'm new to the area and haven't been out touring yet so I'd be psyched to go.

1. 2wd honda civic with no chains, can in a pinch but probably shouldn't
2. I have all the gear
3. Plenty of backcountry skiing experience in New Hampshire over the past 4-5 years, mostly day trips, few overnights

Jesse Billingham

Author:  adam.kowalski [ Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Backcountry Ski Tour, 1/23

1) have car, can drive 3 others (its a forester, so pretty good in the snow)
2) have everything
3) intermediate amount of experience, some longer/overnight tours


Author:  Jason Kowitz [ Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Backcountry Ski Tour, 1/23

Once again, I'm in!

1. Have car (w/ 4wd and chains), can take up to 3 others
2. Have all gear
3. Lots of skiing experience, some shorter tours and yo-yo laps, familiar w/ my avy gear and its use.

Author:  Ava Holliday [ Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Backcountry Ski Tour, 1/23

Ok, so it looks like we will have some decent weather to get our shred on this weekend!

I would like to head out to the Stevens Pass area -- there are several tours out there that look like they might be fun (Arrowhead or Jim Hill, in particular). I will spend tomorrow getting more beta on the routes and will bring extra maps for those who would like to navigate.

Because Stevens is gaining a reputation for being difficult to park at, I suggest we leave Seattle at 6:30 am. We will rally at the Burke Museum parking lot (it will be free to leave your cars there for the day since it's a Sunday) and head out from there. Expect to be back in Seattle no later than 4-5pm.

Driving: Since Adam and I have the cars that seem most equipped for the snow, we'll go with that.

Car 1 (Ava):

Car 2 (Adam):

Please let me know if you're not able to make it by tomorrow by 5pm. And make sure you take a look at the avy forecast for Sunday - I'm expecting low avy conditions, but it's always great to have everyone on the same avy danger page.

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