The plan for this ski trip is to access the Brazeau Icefield from the Icefield Parkway and Poboktan & Poligne creeks, climb Mount Brazeau (11,385 ft /3,470 m), and possibly a couple of other peaks around that are nicely aligned to form a high alpine traverse, including Mount Warren. The approach to our base camp may take up to 1.5 day, but will only a single long day of conditions are favorable.
We will leave Calgary the night before and stay overnight at the Beauty Creek or Rampart hostel along the Icefield Parkway. This way we can have an early start the next morning. The drive to the hostel from Calgary is 3 h 30 min to 4 hours. The cost to stay at the hostel is $25.
This trip is a demanding, alpine & mountaineering expedition for people that have AST-1 training or equivalent, glacier travel & crevasse rescue training or experience, winter camping along with winter scrambling experience. The trip and objectives will be somewhat flexible due to the uncertainty regarding the weather forecast and participants’ level of experience.
Due to the alpine terrain and conditions that this trip involves, we will be looking for the optimal window of opportunity with respect to good weather and minimal avalanche conditions on the weekend of April 13-14. Thus the trip may be postponed by up to 2 days and run from Friday evening April 12 to Tuesday April 16 based on forecasted conditions. A decision will be made about the exact trip departure date on Monday morning April 8.
If you are interested please register to the trip . Participants will be confirmed later on once they have demonstrated their suitability for this trip, AND paid the $25 hostel fee directly to me. Tyler is co-coordinating the event with me.
We will leave from Calgary at the most convenient venue to participants (TBD).
Items to bring
Personal items (weather conditions can quickly change - be prepared for cold and extremely cold weather):
* Wilderness Pass to stay overnight in the backcountry;
Ski mountaineering gear (telemark or alpine touring only);
Avalanche safety gear;
Glacier travel and crevasse rescue gear;
Winter camping gear;
Navigational tools (GPS + maps & compass);
Winter scrambling gear (crampons and mountaineering axe);
Food for 4-5 days;
Other essentials like sunglasses and sunscreen, a small first aid kit, a head lamp with extra batteries; containers for 3 liters of water (e.g. 1-liter thermos bottle + 2 regular 1-liter bottles)
For further infos, trip reports and reading material, see:
Chic Scott’s book “Summits & Icefields 1: Alpine Ski Tours in the Canadian Rockies”
Bill Corbett’s The 11,000ers of the Canadian Rockies