Great Cairn Instructional Week
Instructional and Practical Content
You will spend a week learning all aspects of ski touring, ski mountaineering, and winter alpine skills in the remote and spectacular Sir Sandford range of the Selkirk mountains in British Columbia, accessed by helicopter. This trip is intended for relative beginners and does not require established skiing or climbing skills. Students should have a reasonable level of comfort being outdoors in winter in all conditions and enough familiarity with their personal (and perhaps rented) travel and climbing equipment to be confident that it fits and functions satisfactorily.
Students will be involved in trip planning, equipment selection and food planning and preparation prior to the actual trip. A US Level 1 avalanche course is included in the trip cost and will be completed before the actual trip, allowing the time we spend on the trip on this topic in the field to focus on practical application of the avalanche course content. In the field the relative mix of ski touring, ice climbing, and development of skills such as snow stability assessment and rescue/emergencies will depend on a variety of factors including conditions and weather.
The following topics will be covered through discussion, review and - most importantly - practical "hands-on" experience!
Keeping the course safe and comfortable as well as enjoyable is important. Some of these objectives may not receive the same amount of attention as others as conditions, group abilities, individual desires, weather and many other factors all influence the actual content - but your experience during this wilderness week will be a great one which you will remember for a long time!
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