Castleguard Mountain weekend event

Preference will be given to those that were at the November "back country touring workshop" and also the January "Crevasse rescue workshop".

For those that have worked thru this winter seasons "Intro to Easy back-country touring"  and the " Crevasse rescue" this will be the fitting finale of the winter season. We will stay over night at the Rampart Creek Hostel and the make an early start up the Saskatchewan glacier going up to 16 km's to the camping area on Good Friday then attempt to summit Castleguard on Saturday then ski out on Easter Sunday. So weather/Avi conditions permitting we will try to bag this one.

We will be camping out for 2 nights out on the glacier ( cold ), cooking with little back country stoves like the Dragonfly.. roped up for glacier travel, possible whiteouts.

Rampart Creek hostel is back country in flavour meaning that there is no electricity .. propane cooking/fireplace heating .. outdoor toilets .. no showers .. no place to get a quick bite unless you bring it with you.. come prepared..

This will not be an "Easy" tour as such please consider this when signing up we will be moving thru challenging terrain. If you have not been out Touring this winter or have difficulty with Black Diamond runs on a resort this outing will not likely be good for you. Having an AS1 and CR1 designation is also a good idea..We will be travelling up to 16kms on the first day with a full backpack on (60 ibs)


Prerequisites include being at the planning meeting in early March (Mandatory). Having AS1 and  CR1 at least

Because I have to prebook the Hostel -> in order to move from the wait list first I will contact you then you will need to send me the $ 24.20 dorm fee. So I would guess this means make sure that you are able to go or find a replacement :^)

This is a winter back-country event gear required:

Avi beacon, probe, shovel,headlamp, bivi sac (absolutely mandatory )

ski, boots, poles, skins ( this is a ski touring event not snow shoeing )

toque, warm gloves, goggles, sun glasses

something warm to eat/drink, water

dress in layers ( no cotton ) be prepared.

down jacket, helmet ( a really good idea ), cookies, med kit

Please note that this list is not all-inclusive but at starting point

A more definitive list will be handed out at the pre-trip meeting

Make sure that you have paid for a 2012/2013 membership with the CSMC. Payment can be made online or at the meeting location. Waivers are mandatory for every trip and can be printed online or filled out at the meeting location. Cost for membership with the CSMC is $20 for 2012. Be sure to also bring extra money for car pooling costs.

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  • Wendy K.

    Such a short time that he touched my life and yet how strongly I feel the loss. What a wonderful person. You will be missed Ian.

    April 4, 2013

  • rick t.

    I am shocked and deeply saddened! Your calmness, boundless energy, enthusiasm, and vibrancy will be seriously missed. I am thankful for the handful of trips I was able to share you in the last couple of months. We seemed to hit it off the first time we met, and I was looking forward to many more wonderful times together. Peaceful Journey Ian

    April 4, 2013

  • Michael S.

    With a heavy heart I have to relate the news that Iam Miles passed away late last week..... We surely missed his presence on this trip.. and even more carry a void in our hearts where Ian's smile and laughter is missing.. Rest In Peace Ian..

    April 3, 2013

  • rick t.

    Amazing trip. So rewarding and so many laughs. Packing 4 people including Michael and a dog who takes up almost the space of another person into a 4 person tent made for warm and cozy nights.

    April 2, 2013

  • Alison S.

    Fantastic trip. Thanks so much everyone.

    April 2, 2013

  • Joe M

    Awesome trip. Had a blast. A great group of people to spend 3 days on a glacier with. Thanks Michael!

    April 2, 2013

  • Wendy K.

    What a great trip. Thanks everyone for the great time and great
    company. Thanks Michael for all the work in organizing this event. Fantastic job. Even the alarm clock in the pack outside the tent!!

    April 2, 2013

  • Michael S.

    Tx to all for making this trip so entertaining:)

    April 1, 2013

  • Pierre

    Thank you M.S.. An overall remarkable experience. Laughs, weather, summit and some great turns. What else could anyone want ? Maybe more $7 beer kegs in Jasper!

    April 1, 2013

  • Alison S.

    I plan to practicing skiing by going on trips every weekend before this trip (regardless of whether I get on or not). The 16th we are going to Lake Louise for me to practice with my touring skis on black diamonds. Then the 23rd we are going to Pigs Back in Kananaskis with the ACC. The 2-3 we are going somewhere on highway 93 with the ACC. And more practice after that elsewhere. I will also practice the crevasse rescue as well.

    February 12, 2013

  • Joe M

    CR training thru Yam in June and reviewed with ACC in Oct. Ski Touring training w ACC. Avi training with Yam in Nov 11, and review with ACC.

    February 3, 2013

  • Genevieve K

    I will need to assess my injury problems closer to the event date, but quite interested and excited about it!

    February 3, 2013

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