Mosquito Creek Expedition.

***It is extremely important to read the following information. Failing to do so will result in your removal from the trip***

It is the responsibility of the participant to check for any updates, changes or cancellations before the trip. Gear checks will be conducted at the meet up location. Failure to have the required gear will result in the participant not attending the trip. Participants will also need to answer all the questions regarding this trip before I decide who attends.

An automatic waiting list has been created for this trip. CSMC members will have priority over non members on the waiting list (See next paragraph for membership information). Participants will also be selected based on scrambling experience for the selected objective. Participants must be punctual and have a good RSVP history. Which means they do not constantly change their RSVP statuses, are not regularly late and do not back out last minute. To put it simply, I decide who goes on this trip regardless of who signs up first. No shows will be black listed by me. 

Membership:

Make sure that you have paid for a 2014 membership with the CSMC. Payment can be made online through the CSMC page on Meetup. Cost for membership with the CSMC is $20.

Car pooling:

Anyone who has a vehicle may be asked to drive for the trip. Please make sure to bring gas money for car pooling. It is recommended that drivers charge a 20 cent per kilometer / $20 every 100 kilometers rate for driving. This can be divided by the number of occupants in the vehicle. For example if the trip is 300 km’s round trip and there are four people in the vehicle. The cost for gas would be $15 per person. 

When you arrive to the meet up location. Look for a car with a red flashing LED on top of it. This is to help people find me in the morning.

The Mosquito Creek area is a beautiful area in both winter and summer. I have done Mosquito Mountain, The Ramp and Quartzite in summer and have always wanted to do them as winter ascents. This will be an overnight trip and participants are recommended to have previous winter camping experience and the appropriate gear. Gear such as tents, cooking stuff can be split communally between tent mates. The primary objective will be Mosquito Mountain and if we have time, energy and weather on our side, we will attempt Ramp and Quartzite. 

Group size: 10

Route: Mosquito Creek from Mosquito Creek Hostel on the Ice Fields Parkway to Mosquito Creek backcountry campground. 

Technical difficulty: Easy in dry conditions. Snow, ice, wind, etc, will greatly increase the difficulty of the trip.

Altitude: 2970 Meters

Elevation gain: 1500+ Meters

Km’s: 25+

Estimated trip time (Car to car): Two days.

(Please note that times listed above are only estimations. Trip could be longer or shorter depending on conditions of terrain, weather and group.)

Mandatory gear (Avalanche gear required and an A1 status with the CSMC):

Mountaineering axe and knowledge of its use, hiking boots (Not shoes), snowshoes, Spare pair of shoes for after the trip, helmet, micro spikes, warm clothes and gloves, insulated jacket, shell jacket, shell pants and gloves, balaclava, ski goggles, personal first aid kid and emergency blanket or bivy bag, food and water, headlamp, bear spray, NO COTTON CLOTHES OR GEAR.

Overnight gear: Winter sleeping bag, four season tent, winter rated sleeping pad, stove, pot, utensils, etc.

Gear recommended:

Camera, hiking poles.

Possible Hazards:

Rock fall, exposure (Not the naked kind), yogi bear, snow or ice, my sense of humor, high winds.

Expect this trip to be a moderate pace. Should there be good weather, expect quick stops for pictures and an extended break on the summit.

Trip reports from other websites:

http://www.soistheman.com/diary/page.php?id=mosquito-mtn&page=1

Mountain weather forecast:

http://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Mount-Hector/forecasts/3394

Avalanche Forecast:

http://avalanche.pc.gc.ca/bulletin-eng.aspx?m=1&d=TODAY&r=1

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me at[masked]

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  • Brandon M

    Awesome trip. I put some of my footage in a little short for anyone who is interested.

    http://youtu.be/R-skHdtWiqA

    January 31, 2014

  • Petra

    Thanks guys for a great outing! thx BB for organizing it!! tough climb but a magnificent reward with a Best six o'clock tea time in the alpine admiring the sunset: Pasha! and with a descent under the starts of the milky way :-)

    January 27, 2014

  • Pasha

    Great success for CSMC!!!
    An epic trip with a fantastic group and a fearless leader. Best food: Brandon M. Best trail breaking: Petra.
    Thanks people...

    January 27, 2014

  • Gerry R.

    Wasn't Saturday amazing!!! We were almost getting sunburned on Melt Out up the road from you.

    January 27, 2014

  • Brandon B

    Brandon and Makoto, can you two meet me at the Brentwood LRT station for 6am?

    January 24, 2014

  • Brandon B

    Brandon do you mind bunking with Pasha?

    January 18, 2014

    • Brandon B

      So far this is what I am aware of for tenting situations.

      Pasha and Petra
      Brandon B and Danielle
      Makato
      Brandon M

      January 22, 2014

    • Brandon M

      Ok sounds good

      January 24, 2014

  • Brandon B

    Makoto, where do you live?

    January 24, 2014

  • Brandon B

    I do not recommend leaving vehicles at Shouldice overnight. It may be best to arrange car pooling before hand. Seeing as we have 6 people going, perhaps we can split it up into two vehicles with 3 each. I will drive and have plenty of space for gear. What parts of the city are people located in? I am in the SE near Barlow and Piegan.

    January 22, 2014

    • Brandon M

      I could car2go to get to shouldice as well

      January 22, 2014

    • Brandon B

      Car2go may work best.

      January 24, 2014

  • Brandon B

    Just looking at weather forecast this weekend. Looks like the weather will be changing Saturday night with snow for Sunday. I would like to make the attempt on Mosquito on Saturday after we quickly set up camp.

    January 23, 2014

  • Cathrine M, A.

    Brandon! Your trips are always on days/weekends when I'm busy! Maybe next one... I would love to do this trip.

    January 19, 2014

    • Brandon B

      Sorry Cat! You know I never have dull trips. Blizzards, hat rescues, epic climbs, etc.

      January 19, 2014

    • Cathrine M, A.

      Yes, and I'm mentally crying every time I see a trip that I can't go on :)

      1 · January 20, 2014

  • Brandon B

    Depending on time and conditions. I would like to spend some time practicing avalanche skills such as searches and rouche block tests!

    January 19, 2014

  • Brandon B

    Can you guys figure out who you are going to share gear with. Pasha, Brandon, Makato and I have offered tents to share. Right now we have more tents than needed. For food, figure that out with your tent mate. For winter camping I like to keep it plain and simple with quick cleanups. Therefore I stick with prepackaged dinners from MEC. Only water is needed for cooking and water.

    January 19, 2014

  • Brandon B

    There is a A1 assessment that has been posted for tomorrow on Nosehill. I believe Andrew wanted to do it tomorrow. It would be best to do it that way so I don't have to go out Wednesday evening.

    January 17, 2014

  • Brandon B

    Just to clarify with everyone that this will be a snowshoe trip only. The reason being that it will be hard to maintain safety with two different methods of travel. For tents we have:
    Me, Pasha and Makoto. Stoves, pots:
    Me, Pasha
    ***We will need one more stove. That preferably from someone in Makotos tent.

    January 17, 2014

    • Pasha

      I have 2 stoves…maybe 3 if I look in the gear box...

      January 17, 2014

  • Petra

    Brandon, snowshoeing and skiing or just snowshoeing?

    January 15, 2014

    • Petra

      you do have a point. the guest i would bring is my son Nicholas, yes he has a profile, he runs the Tue and Thr fitness. i was thinking i would have been skiing down with him. but i totally understand if it is an issue and if you rather us all snowshoe. then it would be just me and on snowshoes.

      January 15, 2014

    • Brandon B

      I think it would be best to have everyone stick to one particular method of travel for this trip. Simply because of the concern I mentioned earlier.

      January 17, 2014

  • Danielle

    Hey Brandon. How do we get our A1 status with CSMC?

    January 13, 2014

    • Genevieve K

      The best person to ask is Tom, the club president. You must attend an outdoor instruction session which includes a few rescue scenarios with proper use of an avalanche transceiver.

      January 16, 2014

  • Genevieve K

    Note that as of start of 2014, membership dues can ONLY be paid ONLINE. Wavers are now group wavers, so no individual waiver needs to be printed.
    Have a great trip!

    1 · January 11, 2014

    • Brandon B

      I posted that before the email was sent out. Updated.

      January 11, 2014

  • Tyler M.

    I'd live to come along. This trip sounds awesome.

    January 4, 2014

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