***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.
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.
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
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.
Camera, hiking poles.
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.
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If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me at[masked]