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Easy backcountry touring and transceiver practise Chester lake




Continueing on from Nov 14 this is the first "official" day in the  Intro to backcountry touring. We will spend some time at the beacon park by the Burstall pass parking lot and then skip over to the Chester lake trail head and go touring. The Chester lake trail is a good touring work out some steep bits and flats . Elevation gain is around 310 meters round trip about 8.5 kms or so. Avalanche risk is minimal until you pass the lake itself

Please note that preference will be given to those that attended the Nov 14th evening meeting.



This is a winter back-country event gear required:

Avi beacon, probe, shovel (absolutely mandatory )!!

Also note that beacon must be at least 2 attenna variety...

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

toque, warm gloves, googles

something warm to eat/drink, water

dress in layers ( no cotton ) be prepared.

headlamp, bivi sac, medkit

down jacket, helmet ( a reallly good idea ), cookies

money for a pint when we are done

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



An average level of fitness is good, we will move at a moderate/slow pace. As this is now winter travel, conditions might dictate a slower pace and or route finding. Bushwhacking can/may happen.

Make sure that you have paid for a 2013/2014 membership with the CSMC. Payment can be made online. 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 2014. Be sure to also bring extra money for car pooling costs.

If you are for some truly awesome reason ( please use this web site if you are unable to think of one )  unable to attend after signing up ... then send a note through meetup. It will show up on my phone. Being a NO_SHOW causes stress and anxiety leading to fits of Turrets

See you on the Mountain.

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  • SylvieJ

    It was one of those awesome day! Some good advices were shared, great skiing time and some good laugh! Thanks Michael for a fun day. It is about the people and of course, the white stuff….CHeers all!

    November 23, 2013

  • Philip T.

    Afraid I can't make it either - see you on the next one!

    November 22, 2013

  • Michael S.

    ok.. this is an early season event.. meaning exposed roots and possible rock issues .. consider yourself warned+

    November 17, 2013

    • Gerardo

      Cheers Michael, but unfortunatly I now have to get my car sorted out and im not sure I will get time friday so that leaves me sat. Plus I havn't got hold of any AT gear yet, so much to my disapointment I am dropping out :( Hopfully in the next few weeks things will go more in my favour. Have a great time everyone who is going!

      November 21, 2013


      Unfortunatly I am in the same situation. Nobody rents gear till next week. I was really looking forward for this trip. I have waited till the last minute as I was told that they will rent. But I need to drop out. I hope someone can take my spot. Enjoy the tour!

      November 22, 2013

  • Genevieve K

    My slave driver needs me back on the project first thing Sunday morning, five hours drive away...:(. I won't be able to attend...

    November 21, 2013

  • Gerardo

    Just to let you know that while it is my full intention to come if it looks like snow in Calgary and I get put on standby for snowplowing then I will have to cancel. But if that happens, or anyother reason comes up I will actually cancel and not just be a no show. Also have a small fit of turrets myself.

    November 16, 2013

  • Genevieve K

    I was unable to attend the initial intro seminar. I am a victim of the paid slave trade!!! It is impossible to rescue me from this terrible system, but occasional sanctuary helps my sanity!
    Please help...

    November 15, 2013

  • Jessica D.

    dammit!looks like i missed the evening event!did not know about it!hope i can still come!:)

    November 15, 2013

    • Lori

      And I had best intentions of going to the intro and somehow ended up at the wrong place at the right time :(-

      November 15, 2013

  • Jessica D.

    by the way i would snow/splitboard if thats ok!?

    November 15, 2013

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