Beginner’s Snow Shoeing Group

February  20, 2017:  We will be doing the paid trials at Cypress. Only snowshoes can be used on these trails.  Some will do the trails above the Upper Warming Hut while others can do the lower trails at a more leisurely pace. We will meet at 9:00 at Whyte’s Ave and Arbutus in Kits Point. All day free parking is available there.
Please email me by 6:00 on Saturday February 18th if you are joining us and if you can drive or will need a ride.

Emergency Contact Sheet:
This should be placed in the outermost pocket of your backpack or in a jacket pocket. It should contain your name, your care card #, your doctor’s name and phone number, the name and phone number of an emergency contact person, and a list of your daily medications and any allergies that you may have.

Emergency Gear:
It is suggested that you have a whistle on your jacket and a small flashlight or head lamp, silver thermal blanket and bandages in case of blisters in your backpack.

Weather Links:

Rentals:
Sigge’s on 4th   $12      Pick up after 3:00 pm the day before.
Cypress               $24
Seymour             $27 or $24.50 for 65+ (includes a trail pass)

Trail Passes:
Cypress $10.50 or $8.40 for 65+                        (tax included)
Seymour  $9.50 or $8.50 for 65+                        (tax not included)

Clothing:
Hiking poles, if you have them, are a good idea for stability. You will need hiking or sturdy boots and layered clothing. Waterproof clothing is a good idea if snow is forecast.

Equipment:
Crampons are not allowed on the paid trails at Cypress but are allowed everywhere else. The best type are Hillsound and they can be purchased at the Hillsound Store. If you are buying snow shoes, I would suggest MSR Evo brand. Otherwise look for a pair that have as many teeth on the bottom as possible as that will give you the best grip for hills.

$5 would be a very appropriate thank-you to the carpool driver, but only at the end of the ride back, for liability reasons.

Don’t forget to check out the pictures of our recent outings on the website on the Memories page.

Here are some very useful details also:

EQUIPMENT

Snowshoes-snowshoes can be rented from Sigges at 2077 West 4th   telephone 604-731-8818.  They can be picked up after 3 PM the day before you snowshoe. They can be returned the same day you snowshoe [open until 6 PM] or until noon the following day. The charge is $12.

-if you wish to buy snow shoes, MEC has a good selection. Make sure when you buy, that you get snowshoes that have teeth across the front, I would say, the toe area but ALSO teeth down the sides for added stability. These side teeth are important. Also, you need easily adjustable straps and more than one strap across the top for holding your boot. Also, a flip up  bar across the  back of the foot bed  to raise the heel is good for when you go up hills. So, three things to look for—-lots of teeth, multiple straps and a heel bar.

Crampons-if the trail is well packed, you can actually use crampons which are really easy to use. These need to be purchased [only, if you want them]. We bought ours at Alpine Start Outfitters at 68 West Broadway 604-876-2555.

There are 3 types. You want the TRAIL crampons. The smaller teeth ones are only good for icy sidewalks and the really big teeth ones only if you are planning serious mountain climbing. Make sure you wear boots that you will wear with them as they come in sizes. A good waterproof hiking boot is good.

Poles-you need poles that have a basket—like a ski pole or hiking pole with attachable baskets. They offer stability.

Backpack-small but big enough to hold your lunch, something to sit on, extra layers to put on when you stop to eat, bandaids for possible blisters, a whistle and a flashlight in case you need help and any other items you wish.

CLOTHING

Basically you need layers as you start off cold but warm up pretty quickly. A fairly waterproof pant is good plus a breathable, waterproof jacket. The jacket ideally has a hood for when snow slides off the branches. Snow down the neck is not pleasant! Of course, mittens and a toque. I suggest NO cotton as it gets wet and makes you cold. Rather, choose wool and quick wicking fabrics. Boots—a good hiking boot.

LUNCH

You will need a lunch and snacks and a thermos of something warm.

OTHER NOTES

-numbers. We are thinking 20 will be the maximum on a trip so the first 20 who sign up will go. This number may change as we see how it works.

-we usually go for 2 hours at a steady pace but certainly wait for all.

-it might be an idea to practice putting on your snow shoes prior to your first trip. Loose ends of the straps go on the outside as you don’t want to step on them!

PLEASE let Jean know by 6 PM on the Saturday if you are going BUT ONLY if you are going otherwise there are too many emails to sort through. When you reply, let Jean know if you can drive. Snow tires will be required. We meet at Kits Point on Arbutus sort of near Whyte  Avenue at 9 AM.

It is a great group, great exercise and great views!