- Dates: Custom(Call to Schedule) Availability Dec 13-18; Feb 22-29; March 21-28
- Duration: 3
- Level: Advanced
- Client Ratio: 5:1
- Cost:–$675 (3 day minimum)
- Included: Guide services, (Overnight- meals while on the mountain, tents(if hut is full), stoves, cook kits), and group climbing equipment,
- Not Included: Airfare, transportation to trailhead, transportation within Seattle, hotel accommodations, restaurant meals,snack/lunch on the mountain, gratuities for guides, and all personal items. A detailed equipment list will be sent to all participants.
Rogers Pass and the Selkirks are home to legendary terrain of ‘Powder Highway’ and some of the greatest roadside touring on the planet! The endless possibilities make choosing a tour difficult, day trips up Connaught or Balu Pass? A couple of nights at the Asulkan, Wheeler or Sapphire Col Huts.
7. Cheops Glades
8. NCR Gullies
9. Connaught Creek Area – Grizzly Shoulder
10. Connaught Creek Area – Balu Pass
11. Connaught Creek Area – Urus Trees
12. Illecillewat Valley – Practice Trees
13. Illecillewat Valley – Lookout Col
14. Illecillewat Valley – Perley Rock
15. McGill / Bostock – McGill Shoulder
16. McGill / Bostock – McGill Pass
17. Connaught Creek – 8812 Bowl
18. Bonnie Trees & Glacier
Huts Galore! Options include Asulkan and the Wheeler.
Day 1: We drive from Seattle to the trailhead. The skin to the Asulkan hut takes from 2‑4 hours, The next 2 days we will tour the following:
Day 2:Another day and other tour..
Day 3: Tour then ski out and head home!
Road side Touring keeps the packs light and the dinners big!
1 Cheops Glades
2 NCR Gullies
3 Connaught Creek Area – Grizzly Shoulder
4 Connaught Creek Area – Balu Pass
5 Connaught Creek Area – Urus Trees
6 Illecillewat Valley – Practice Trees
7 Illecillewat Valley – Lookout Col
8 Illecillewat Valley – Perley Rock
9 McGill / Bostock – McGill Shoulder
10 McGill / Bostock – McGill Pass
11 Connaught Creek – 8812 Bowl
12 Bonnie Trees & Glacier
Our recommended clothing system has four layers.
- Base layer: manages moisture and wicks perspiration away from your skin. (Polypro, capilene, driclime)
- Softshell: should be a durable, comfortable, insulating and wind/water resistant layer that breathes well.
- Hard shell: windproof, waterproof and breathable. (e.g. Gore-Tex, or similar)
- Insulating layer: should be down-fill or synthetic-fill and fit over all layers. (e.g. down, primaloft or polarguard)
These four layers are usually sufficient for most people, but if you tend to be colder bring one extra medium-layer that would be ideal for extra warmth around camp, such as a vest. When deciding what to pack, remember to bring enough clothes and accessories to ensure your safety and comfort, while not over-burdening yourself with items you probably won’t use.
- Skis or snowboard. Skis should be equipped with alpine touring bindings or telemark bindings. We prefer split decision Snowboards w/ skins because you do not need snow shoes.
- Adjustable Ski Poles
- Alpine touring, telemark, snowboard boots crampon compatible
- Ski Crampons Required for all ski mountaineering trips
- Alpine climbing harness Must have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing and can be put on with ski boots
- 2 Locking carabiners Large, pear-shaped carabiner is best.
- 2 Regular carabiners lightweight
- 1 Single Length Runner/Sling
- Ice axe Lightweight
- Crampons with anti-ball plate * Must be fit to boots prior to trip,
- Climbing/ski helmet * Adjustable, should fit with hat on
- Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue *Optional on Summit Descents Prussiks/Ropeman/Microtraxion & Tibloc
- 1 synthetic T-shirt
- 1 long sleeve Sun Hoodie or shirt Lightweight, light colored for sunny days
- 2 synthetic sports bras*(WOMEN)
- 1 soft shell jacket
- 1 Down/synthetic jacket with hood
- 1 Hard shell jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best, roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
- 1 pair lightweight gloves
- 1 pair warm waterproof gloves
- Warm hat Wool or synthetic
- Shade hat or Visor
- 2 pair med- heavy wool/synthetic socks Check boot fit with liner and wool socks on
- 1 pair lightweight long underwear
- 1-2 pairs of underwear boxers/briefs
- Softshell pants
- Shell pants Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
- Sleeping bag Rated to at least 20º F. Line the stuff sack w/ plastic bag.
- Sleeping pad 1 closed cell foam and/or Neo-Air for extra warmth and comfort.
- Internal frame pack 3500-4500 cubic inch capacity able to carry snowboard/skis
- lightweight booties or slippers, comfortable top and bottom-cotton optional.
- Goggles and Glacier glasses 100% UV protection with side shields or wrap around.
- Personal first aid repair kit Basics: moleskin/blister kit, Band-Aids, first-aid tape, ibuprofen, personal medications, spare parts for bindings and batteries etc.
- Lip balm At least SPF 20
- Sunscreen At least SPF 40
- Headlamp lightweight LED
- 2 water bottles 1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene and 1 bottle holster, or
- Hydration bladder With drinking tube and 1 Nalgene bottle
- Bowl and spoon Plastic, small Tupperware works well. Lexan spoons are best.
- Toiletry kit Be sure to include WAG Bag or toilet paper stored in a plastic bag.
- 1-2 Large plastic bags Good for keeping miscellaneous gear dry
- Nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage (large Ziplocs are also useful
- Hand wipes
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional)
- Favorite snack foods (no more than 2 pounds)
WILL MY GUIDE (OR GUIDES) BE?
You will receive an introductory email with the instructor for your course. We are small company who enjoy working together in the mountains as well as highly skilled professionals who hold current Wilderness First Responder certification and are proficient in technical rescue and evacuation skills. Our guides are dedicated to the world of alpinism, many having first ascents and hold professional certifications with AIARE & AMGA. The AMGA is part of the IFMGA, which is the international body of certified mountain guides.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?
Tipping is considered standard practice in the guiding industry. Tipping amounts vary, often 10% of the course cost is a good rule-of-thumb, so $15-20 per day per person/per guide is average that works well for the guides without a serious blow to your wallet. If you feel that the program was exceptional or substandard the tip can reflect that.
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT FROM BCAG?
Yes, we rent Beacons, Shovels, Probes and Packs here.
HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE?
You will carry 15-25 pounds, which will include everything on the equipment list.
WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE BALANCE OF MY TRIP?
Payable when you make your reservation by check, or credit card.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
If you should decide to cancel your trip, BCAG must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date we receive written notice. You will be assessed a cancellation fee according to the following schedule:
90 to 22 days from trip departure – 50% of trip cost
30 days or less – 100% of trip cost
WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CHANGE THE DATES OF MY TRIP?
Schedule changes are subject to a $50 fee per person up to 2 weeks out and $100 less then 14 days from the start of the trip and may not be possible. If conditions or circumstances preclude running a scheduled program we reserve the right to make the decision as to whether the program will be canceled, rescheduled, or an alternative provided.
WHAT HAPPENS IF BC ADVENTURE GUIDES HAS TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
In the rare circumstance where we need to cancel a program you can reschedule without a fee or receive a refund on your deposit. If circumstances arise that force us to cancel a program that is already in progress we reserve the right to decide whether a refund or credit, at a prorated rate, will be issued. We are not responsible for cancellation fees or costs arising from your changed or cancelled flights, lodging, or other arrangements. We strongly recommend obtaining trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE?
BCAG highly encourages the purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance on domestic trips and requires it on International trips. Europeans and Canadians use it because travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.
Several options include Travelex or Travel Guard International at (1-877-248-8992) & www.travelguard.com for protecting your investment, however there are many companies to choose from and you may wish to do some individual research regarding which policy is right for you.
WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO LEAVE A RETURN HOME?
We often get this question because most people need to know how much total time they need to take off work. We attempt to return to the car by 3. Our return to home on the last day typically allows you to get back to Revelstoke by 4-5 and either drive back or stay the night and head back in the morning.
WHERE TO STAY
To make the beginning or end of your trip more enjoyable, we suggest any hotel in Revelstoke.