Winter Camping School

Come and play in the snow with us!  We’ll build a snow fort!  (Actually, we’ll build snow shelters.  They are warmer.)Maybe you enjoy the serene quiet and crisp air of winter hikes.  Maybe you’d like to learn how to stay warmer while skiing or climbing. Maybe you’d like to make sure you’d know how to deal with an unexpected overnight stay in the cold and on snow.  Maybe you are planning to attempt one of the big snow mountains like Rainer or Denali.  Maybe you’d like to learn how to use snow for shelter.  Maybe you’d just like to challenge yourself to master cold weather camping. If any of these apply, the CMC Winter Camping School is for you.
The Winter Camping School concentrates on the fundamental understanding, equipment and techniques to keep warm in cold environment on an overnight stay. It covers topics as clothing, traveling, setting up campsite, cooking and sleeping comfortably in the winter wilderness.  Skills learned in this school are applicable for anyone who plans to spend time in the winter wilderness including hikers, snowshoers,  campers, climbers and skiers. The Winter Camping School is open to any member of the CMC regardless of group membership or classification. There are no prerequisites but prior completion of the CMC Wilderness Trekking School is recommended. file12

Winter Camping School (WCS) 

Lectures (3 ea), field days (2 ea) and overnights (2 ea) are typically early Feb thru then end of March. Please check back in late 2014 for 2015 class details. But if you want to know if it’s right for you ~ read on…

Maybe you enjoy the serene quiet and crisp air of winter hikes.  Maybe you’d like to learn how to stay warmer while skiing or climbing. Maybe you’d like to make sure you’d know how to deal with an unexpected overnight stay in the cold and on snow.  Maybe you are planning to attempt one of the big snow mountains like Rainer or Denali.  Maybe you’d like to learn how to use snow for shelter.  Maybe you’d just like to challenge yourself to master cold weather camping. If any of these apply, the CMCWinterCampingSchool is for you.

This is a non-survival school for those who want to enjoy the winter, snow and moonlight in comfort.  WCS concentrates on the fundamental understanding, equipment and techniques for keeping warm in a cold environment on an overnight stay.

 

Topics covered include:

• Essential gear, helping you decide what basic equipment you need (tents, sleeping bags and stoves)

• Techniques for sleeping warm (how to extend the temperature range of the equipment you may already have)

• Site selection and campsite organization

• Tent organization

• Cooking tips and techniques

• Cold weather ailments

• Cold weather clothing and equipment

• Winter travel techniques (including use of sleds)

• Snow shelter(s) construction

• Nutrition, helping you choose what food to carry

• Leave No Trace practices

The course consists of three Tuesday night lectures, two 1-day field trips to learn basic techniques (including snow shelter construction), and three overnight field trips.  Students are divided into smaller groups to enhance the learning experience by having more one-on-one access to instructors. Instructor teams will generally consist of a senior instructor and two assistant instructors. Students have the opportunity to learn winter camping techniques and practice these skills in a non-competitive, non-confrontational setting.  WCS is a great place to make new friends and open up a new season of activity.

All trips will be via snowshoe (no XC skis allowed).

This course will be offered again in early 2015.  Please check back for details!  .

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