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Backcountry Climbing Skin Tours / Silverton / Sun-Tues / Dec 30 – Jan 1st

December 29, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Backcountry Climbing Skin Tours / Silverton / Sun-Tues / Dec 30 - Jan 1st This trip is a go. Here are the details for the backcountry group. The skiing will be in potential avalanche terrain and ALL participants must tour with an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe... and have some rudimentary skill at using those avy tools. Yes, we all need to practice more... me included. With the inherent dangers of a winter snowpack and new snow, the expected avalanche danger will more than likely be Considerable... maybe High. This means we will be conservative and strive to ski terrain no steeper than the low 30 degrees. The goal for these tours is to ascend a slope in order to enjoy the powder descent. Although there is some really nice kick and glide terrain in the area for light touring, I am not leading any tours for that. Expected elevation gain per day will be 2000+ feet. I don't have a problem with people doing extra or less laps, the group doesn't have to ski in total sync, but I do demand that nobody ski alone and everyone share their plans if they break away from the main group. Saturday - nothing organized, but feel free to go out and ski! Sunday Morning Rendezvous - 9:00 - Coffee Bear Silverton . Actually try to get there early so we can have it worked out and be able to drove off at 9:00. Plan-B rendezvous location is Grand Imperial lobby. Sunday Tour - Drive to Red Mountain Pass . More than likely we will be playing on the flanks of McMillan and the surrounding area on the west side of Red Mountain Pass. Will be doing multiple laps of certain areas if the snow is good. Pods of peeps can opt to make less laps... or more laps. Sunday Dinner and Hot Springs Soak in Ouray - IMPORTANT: if you opt to do this, those of us going over to Ouray for the evening will be driving directly from Red Mountain Pass after skiing. So, this means you need to bring dinner clothes and a swimsuit with you in the vehicle you drive away from Silverton in. Unfortunately, there's a bit of pay to play after eating and soaking - yes, the drive back to Silverton . Monday Tour - Same rendezvous time and location. The ski tour TBA, but could be variant of Sunday's terrain, slopes below Ohio Peak, Minihaha, etc. Will concoct a plan after Sunday's tour. New Year's early evening social at the Triangle Motel. We'll make it a snack luck dinner and beverage thing. Since I don't know what/if the other club group is doing, the Triangle will be our New Year's launch pad. Tuesday / New Year's Day - It's all up in the air and TBD. Comments: It's going to be cold. Especially in the morning when it's clear at night. How is that car battery? And you have a fresh battery in your avy […]

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