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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-07-2018, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone. Wondering if anyone is able to provide some knowledge regarding the avalanche risk on Zoa Peak? I can see on www.avalanche.ca that the rating may be at 'Considerable' for this Saturday (Feb.10, 2018) for the area (https://www.avalanche.ca/map/forecas...h-coast-inland). However, it's also supposed to be a clear, sunny day on Saturday, which is very enticing.

I snowshoe'd up Zoa Peak a few years ago, but didn't go all the way to the true summit. I remember it being sorta steep initially along some sort of road/pipe line, but then being fairly gradual afterwards. To me it didn't seem very risky, but I admit I'm fairly new to this sort of thing and don't have any training with regards to avalanche safety (yet). But I've also read a couple reports citing a risk between the false and true summits.

So please tell me, if you can, would going this Saturday be just plain stupid if the rating in the area is Considerable? Or does the Considerable rating pertain to more steeper terrain? Is it somewhere in between and still a gamble?

Appreciate any knowledge/advice that anyone is able to share. Iago Peak is also an option, although I did it twice last year and wouldn't mind switching it up. And of course, it would also be subject to the same risk. Thanks guys.
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Both Iago and Zoa have avvy prone terrain near the summit. Without proper training, CONSIDERABLE is not a good time for someone of your experience level to go near either one.

Q: would you be able to recognize a hazardous area other than by steepness? You mentioned the pipeline road but it's not usually where the problem is. Can you dig a pit,or identify a weak layer if you do?
Q: do you carry probe, beacon and shovel with you and know how to use them?
Q: would you be able to search for and/or rescue someone buried if you were out there and came across the aftermath of an avalanche?
Q: if, by not knowing enough and venturing into avvy terrain, would you want anyone else to have to endanger their life to search for or rescue you if an unrecognized avalanche slope failed with you on or below it?

If the answer to any of these is "No", don't go.

Also the forecast has deteriorated, no more sunshine.
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Hah, well I think that's the answer I needed to hear. Thanks Dru. Coincidently, there is an AST 1 course being offered at Sun Peaks that starts this Saturday. Maybe it's a sign from the Universe to not be an idiot and get some proper training. Cheers.

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Hah, well I think that's the answer I needed to hear. Thanks Dru. Coincidently, there is an AST 1 course being offered at Sun Peaks that starts this Saturday. Maybe it's a sign from the Universe to not be an idiot and get some proper training. Cheers.

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It might have been a bit late to register, but did you get into the course ?
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It might have been a bit late to register, but did you get into the course ?
I did get the last spot, but then I opted out. It was more catered to skiers, I think. I would have needed to purchase a Lift Pass at Sun Peaks on top of the course cost, so it would have added like an extra $90 or something. But I signed up for another one in March through a company called Colwest here in Kamloops. They actually take you out to the Coq Summit area on the final day, so it should be pretty good for what I'm looking for.

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Colwest = Brad Harrison = One of the best people you could ever take an avy course from.
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I did get the last spot, but then I opted out. It was more catered to skiers, I think. I would have needed to purchase a Lift Pass at Sun Peaks on top of the course cost, so it would have added like an extra $90 or something. But I signed up for another one in March through a company called Colwest here in Kamloops. They actually take you out to the Coq Summit area on the final day, so it should be pretty good for what I'm looking for.

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Sounds like you found a good one.
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This video is no substitute for a proper course, but it does do a good job summing up what danger scales mean, and a bit on how to interpret the danger rating.

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Back Country Access has good overviews online as well to round out actual in the field courses..

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