Update on Saturday morning April 20: no need to leave anymore at 3:30 AM on Sunday, with the colder temperatures and cloudier skies in the forecast. Meet at the carpool at 4:30 AM.
As noted in the trip description, based on the current weather forecast for the weekend, I have moved the trip to Sunday due to:
1) lighter winds forecasted on Sunday compared to Saturday,
2) slightly sunnier conditions on Sunday,
3) some flurries in the forecast on Saturday night that may cover the icy lower slopes of Mount Field,
4) an overnight freeze that should allow us to travel faster up and down the 5 km ski approach on the Yoho Valley road and avoid postholing conditions.
Check out the following links for details:
In order to make a early return to Calgary more likely on a Sunday night, I have changed the carpool meeting time to 3 h 30 AM (leave at 3:40 sharp) from Shouldice arena.
If you need a pit stop, the only option I know of is the Petro-Canada at the Cochrane turnoff. The Husky station at Deadman's Flats opens at 6 AM, and the Field convenience store opens at 7 AM only. There are public toilets at the trailhead.
If you want to stay overnight in LL and meet the group at the trailhead, please let me know about your overnight plans, and plan to meet the group at 6: 15 AM at the start of the Yoho valley road.
We will make an attempt at climbing Mount Field on skis.
There is a 5 km approach fairly flat through the Yoho Valley that adds to the trip duration, and the driving distance from Calgary is about 2 h 30 min: hence the early departure.
Distance: 16 km return trip
Height gain: 1,300 m
Avalanche Terrain Rating: Complex
For further infos, trip reports and reading material, see:
Chic Scott’s book “Summits & Icefields 1: Alpine Ski Tours in the Canadian Rockies”, http://www.leelau.net/Misc/2011/summitsandicefields/Summits_and_Icefields_1_Mount_Field.pdf
Please note that if the weather or avi conditions are significantly better/safer the next day the trip will take place on Sunday April 21.
Avalanche gear: beacon, probe, shovel
Skis (Alpine touring or telemark only), boots, poles, skins, 2 ski ties (in case we need to bootpack)
Layers and down jacket, toque, warm gloves, googles, sun glasses, sunscreen
Mountaineering axe + helmet (both optional but highly recommended)
Food, snacks, water + optional thermos container with hot water
Let me know if you have any questions.
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 carpooling costs.