|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.|
Winter Camping School (WCS)
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.
• Mechanisms of heat loss, staying warm • How cold affects the body, cold weather ailments • Dressing for the cold and snow • Winter camping gear, stove • Nutrition and cooking tips and techniques • Techniques for sleeping warm • Extending the temperature range of the equipment you may already have • Site selection and campsite organization • Tent organization • Winter travel and using sleds • Snow shelter construction • Leave No Trace
The school consists of three Tuesday night lectures. In order to graduate, students have to participate in four qualified CMC trips: two one-day snowshoe trips to learn basic techniques (including snow shelter construction) and two overnight field trips. (All trips will be via snowshoe, no skis please.)
In this school students have the opportunity to learn winter camping techniques with personal attention and practice such skills in a non-competitive, non-confrontational setting. The Winter Camping School is a great place to make new friends and open up a new season of activity.
February 7, February 15 and February 28, at 6:30 PM
All lectures starts at 6:30 pm sharp in the CMC clubhouse in Golden.
Day Trips: February 18 and February 25
Overnight Trips: March 11-12 and March 25-26
Participating in all field trips is required for graduation.