This meet-up is for all of you wanna-be mountaineers who would like to step-up your peak-bagging game or back country exploration possibilities to include crossing questionable, icy slopes. Scott Faulkenburg has volunteered to give some informal instruction on how to self-arrest using an ice axe.
The location of this meet-up will be determined at a later date because we do not know what snow conditions will be like in March yet. We will make every effort to pick a spot as close to Bakersfield as possible.
Necessary gear: crampons, ice axe, attire appropriate for rolling around in the snow, and the usual items you would bring on a winter hike. Scott mentioned the possibility of learning to do a group arrest (not sure if this is the right term). Members will need harnesses for that exercise. If you don’t have a climbing harness, don’t worry, you can still participate in the self-arrest part.
I think it goes without saying that this event carries with it some inherent dangers that most of our hikes do not have. You should be in good physical condition and mentally prepared for a challenge. To keep the activity manageable and safe, the group size has been limited to 10.