Lightweight Rope Kits for Winter Ski Touring by Cyril Shokoples - Saturday, Jan 18, 2020
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This is a new and unique proprietary course
created by Cyril Shokoples and brought to you by
the Training and Leadership Committee – first
time being offered!
The trend towards lightweight rope kits for ski
touring and glacier travel is here. Do you know
the options available and limits of each system?
Are you considering a new rope for winter
touring? Are you amazed and yet a little confused
by the many options? Can I lead on it? How do I
rappel on it? How about on a single strand? How
would I ever ascend it if I had to? How about
crevasse rescue with it? What about my toothy
Tibloc™ or a camming Ropeman™? This course will
help answer your winter rope questions and
perhaps answer a few questions you probably
didn’t know you had.
This 2-day Advanced Winter Rope Techniques Course
will be offered by professional guide Cyril
Shokoples ACMG IFMGA UIAGM. The course will be
based from Lake Louise.
The ropes that will be used on the course will
be: Sterling® TRC™, Edelrid® Rap Line 2™, Petzl®
RAD™, Mammut® 6.0 Glacier Cord Dry™ and small
diameter half and twin rated dynamic ropes.
Areas we will explore, and practice include:
• When and how to use toothed devices (i.e.
Petzl® Tibloc™ and Microtraxion™, Edelrid® Spoc
™) and equally important, when not to.
• When and how to use the force limiting
Rock Exotica® Quickie Ascender™ and Descender™.
• What accessory cord to use for what
purpose (diameter, pinch test).
• What about brake knots?
• Should I get static or dynamic cord for
my next ski touring rope?
• When and how to use (or avoid) which
ropes for glacier travel, shortroping and lead
• Rappelling & ascending on the lightweight
ropes listed above.
This is meant to be a very hands on course with
lots of field work to put your skills into
practice. The first morning will be spent in
theory getting familiar with all of the
specialized new cords and the devices that are
used with them.
This course is arranged through Rescue Dynamics
and is taught by Cyril Shokoples, an
internationally certified mountain guide and Past
President of the Association of Canadian Mountain
Guides. Cyril has received the Distinguished
Service Award from both the ACC and the ACMG. In
2013, Cyril was inducted as an honorary member of
the ACC. He has taught the ACC's North Face
National Leadership Courses for the past 20 years
and has a long history of instruction with the
Required Items to Bring:
You will be required to bring a fairly
list of gear (that you likely already own.)
of the specialized ropes and compatible devices
will be provided. If you already have a
lightweight rope kit you should bring it to the
course in addition to the items in the gear
•Appropriate clothing for standing around in
frigid winter conditions
•Food and drinks (thermos?) for eating lunch
•skis or splitboard with boots, poles and
•Ski straps (2)
•Harness in good condition – that you would use
for glacier travel
•Ice screw – 1
•Non-locking carabiners – 4
•Locking carabiners – 2 standard style (see
the HMS carabiners below)
•One triple action auto-locking carabiner
(mandatory) [Ideal is a triple action carabiner
with captive eye such as the Black Diamond
Magnetron Gridlock biner or the Edelrid HMS
Strike FG Triple Locking Biner, available from
•TWO matching HMS or Pear Shaped locking
carabiners with I-beam style construction
(mandatory) such as the following (many
from MEC): Petzl® Attache Screw-Lock Carabiner
HERA Attache Screw Lock Carabiner, Petzl®
Screw Lock Biner, DMM® Phantom HMS Locksafe
Carabiner, Edelrid® HMS Strike Screwgate Biner,
Black Diamond® Vaporlock Screwgate Carabiner
•Rope – half or twin rated climbing rope less
than 9mm diameter (1 for every 2 participants)
•Rappel ring with 20 kN or higher rated
•Sewn sling / runner (mandatory – one 120cm and
one 180cm sewn sling and one 240cm sewn sling.
Must be Dyneema or Spectra. MEC does not
currently carry the 180cm length but they’re
available online from
or from stores that sell Mammut® Contact™ or
Petzl® Pur'Anneau sewn slings. Contact Cyril if
you can’t get the 180cm length.)
•5m or 6m length of 7mm accessory cord –
•10m of soft, supple 6mm cord [ideal is
cord - online or from Atmosphere]
•3m of 5mm cord. (mandatory) It must be very
and very supple as it will be used on ropes as
thin as 6mm in diameter. Cordage typically sold
at MEC is too stiff and does not work properly.
[Ideal is 5mm Sterling cord - online or from
Atmosphere or from Vertical Addition in
•Sterling® 6.8mm X 13.5” Hollow Block™ sewn
•Black Diamond® ATC Alpine Guide™ Belay Device
(mandatory) for small diameter ropes
•Pulley (mandatory) - one lightweight pulley
[Preferably of the Prusik minding type – Prusik
minding pulleys sold by MEC function very,
very poorly, or not at all, on small diameter
ropes – best is the Prodigy PMP™ (24kN -
nominally for ropes of <9mm but functions
perfectly on ropes <10mm – online from
https://ctoms.ca / a limited number can be
obtained from Cyril]
Recommended Items to Bring:
•Mammut® Nano 8™rapppel device (optional, but
something to think about if you routinely use
very small diameter ropes for rappels)
•Progress Capture Pulley (optional but
recommended – Petzl® Microtraxion™ or Edelrid®
•Petzl® Tibloc™ (optional, but the new version
better than the old one)
•Beal® Escaper™ rope retrieval device (very
optional) (bring it if you have one but do not
buy one for the course / available from MEC and
many other stores)
The Process to sign up is as follows:
Register and place your name on the wait list.
Email a description of your experience to Rick
Bennett, Chair T&L Committee at
email@example.com with the following
in the subject line "Application - Lightweight
Rope Kits Course"
Upon acceptance to the course, make your
within 2 days by clicking the Buy Now button
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with a credit card.
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receipt PayPal displays and send it to the to
trip coordinator who will put you on the
Course fee $305.00 inclusive of GST
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Registration for this event closed on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 12:00 AM.