If you like to hike and would like to extend your hiking or backpacking season, consider going snowshoeing and snow camping this winter. Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay Chapter has launched its Snowcamping Clinics where you can learn about training for snow camping. The Clinics are free — there’s no reservation needed — just show up. At the Clinics, you’ll learn about the Training Series for snow camping.
Upcoming Snowcamping Clinics:
REI Berkeley. Tuesday, 11/30/10 7:00-8:30pm
REI Corte Madera. Wednesday, 12/1/10 7:00-8:30pm
REI Mountain View. Thursday, 12/2/10 7:00-8:30pm
REI San Francisco. Wednesday, 12/8/10 7:00-8:30pm
Training Series for Snowcamping
The Sierra Club, Bay Chapter, has been providing snow camping training for more than 30 years. When you enter their training program, you receive a full-day class (locally) of training; and two weekend trips (one two-day, one three-day) to experience snow camping in the Sierra Nevada. Note: The full-day class will be January 8, 2011.
You will learn:
- Winter survival techniques
- Proper clothing and gear for all seasons
- How to recognize and treat hypothermia
- How to build a snow cave
- Basic map and compass skills
- Winter backcountry cooking techniques (setting up a snow kitchen)
Some readers may be ready to sign up for the Training Series for Snowcamping – the deadlines are as follows:
- Early Bird Applications postmarked by November 22, 2010 (save $15 over regular)
- Applications must be received by December 10, 2010
Dates, fee structure, application form, etc., click here
Snowshoeing and snow camping are strenuous activities. Sierra Club, Bay Chapter asks that applicants be in good physical shape and have some backcountry experience. Their objective of the series is “to provide experienced backpackers, cross country skiers, snowshoers, and backcountry snowboarders with the information, training, and support needed to ensure safe and enjoyable winter adventures!”
I think, however, that the skills of this training series are valuable to those who backpack sizable distances any time of year in the mountains. It has snowed in the Sierra and the Cascades, for example, during every season. After taking this training series, I felt much more confident about my ability to survive an unexpected snowstorm.
As 2011 approaches, you have a fantastic way to add a new adventure to your life, meet a great group of people, and enjoy the winter wonderland of the Sierra Nevada.