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Ski Touring and Nordic Skiing - Moderate I


800 ft. to 1100 ft. elevation gain.

Winter Camping 101

Are you interested in transitioning from 3-season to 4-season overnight wilderness trips with the help of folks who have over 35 years of winter camping experience? If so, this class is for you!

We will contact participants in advance to go over gear, food, hydration and techniques for staying warm in preparation for this one-night experience.

Prior 3-season camping experience will help. Participants must have or be willing to rent a 4-season sleeping bag, pad (or double up summer-weight pads), and 4-season tent. Metal-edged backcountry skis or wider touring skis are appropriate for this trip. Bring wax if needed for your skis and climbing skins if you have them.

We will leave Boise early on Saturday and drive to our TH, exact location to be determined depending on where we think the best snow conditions will be. We will break trail for 5 - 6 miles and camp. We will tour in the area for the rest of the day. Sunday morning, we will break camp and ski out.

Participants should be in good physical shape and have been on cross-country skis before. In addition to putting into practice what we discuss in advance, you will have ample opportunity to practice kick turns, step turns, herringbone, side step, side slip, snowplow and just skiing with a full pack.

Although the area is relatively benign from avalanche hazards, if people are interested we are keen to use the opportunity to practice snowpack evaluation, beacon search, and rescue shoveling - in which case you will need your multi-antenna beacon, probe, shovel and inclinometer.

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/10/2016 - 7:00am - Sun, 12/11/2016 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Carl or Judi, 208-859-2405 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com by Tuesday December 13th to sign up

Spring Conditions Ski Tour

Plan A: Ski tour at the Park-n-Ski trails north of Idaho City or at the Bogus Nordic area, depending on where we think conditions will be the most enjoyable.

Plan B: If we think that ski conditions won't shape up to our expectations, then we'll opt instead for a hike on the Snake River plain, 8 - 10 miles with less than 2,000 feet cumulative elevation gain, and search for signs of spring.

Event Date: 
Fri, 03/04/2016 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi (208) 859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com to sign up.

Ski Tour

We'll spot a vehicle to enjoy a one-way ~11 mile tour on a groomed trail from Banner Ridge down to the Beaver Creek Cabin in the Boise Mountains north of Idaho City. Participants need track skis, daypack, and intermediate level ski skills. The parking area is about a 1.5 hour drive from Boise. Vehicle need Park-n-Ski passes, available for purchase in Idaho City. No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Sat, 01/23/2016 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi 208-859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com to sign up.

Winter Weekend in McCall

Have you ever been playing in the snow near McCall and wished you could stay another day? This is your chance! We have reserved a heated bunkhouse on the shores of Payette Lake. The rustic log structure is adjacent to plowed parking and will cost less than $20 per person for both nights with full occupancy.

We will drive from Boise on Friday afternoon (about 110 miles, 2.5 hours). Saturday and Sunday are open for activities depending on the group: snowshoe or ski to the adjacent Ponderosa State Park or at one of the other nearby groomed areas (trail fees), tour the Winter Carnival snow sculptures, ski at Brundage (lift pass) or join us for backcountry skiing.

Folks who join us for backcountry skiing must have avalanche training, probe, a triple antenna beacon, shovel, climbing skins, strong intermediate ski skills, and backcountry touring skis, Telemark gear or an Alpine touring/Randonee set up.

In the past we formed a subgroup of people interested in track skiing and/or snowshoeing, and a subgroup interested in backcountry skiing who could also track/skate ski. We can be flexible about destinations depending on weather, snow, and avalanche conditions.

We will have an education/training aspect to this event depending on activities: avalanche field session, snow shelter construction, and/or winter safety review.

Deadline to sign up is February 2.

Event Date: 
Fri, 02/05/2016 - 2:00pm - Sun, 02/07/2016 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi (208) 859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com to sign up.

Christmas Eve Ski Tour

Join us for a rejuvenating ski tour in fresh powder. We'll either head up to the Bogus Nordic area ($14 day pass) or one of the Idaho City area Park-n-Ski trails (all vehicles need a Park-n-Ski pass), exact location TBD depending on where we think the best road and ski conditions will be. Track skis are best for this trip, wider ones especially if we end up breaking trail at the Park-n-Ski. Vehicles need snow tires or chains. It'll take between 1 and 1 1/2 hours to reach trailheads from Boise.

Event Date: 
Thu, 12/24/2015 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi (208) 859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com to sign up.

Introduction to Backcountry skiing

It's time once again for our annual intro to BC skiing day trip. Join us on Sunday December 13 for an all day outing. Bring a lunch. You are invited to get together afterward for beverages and food. The past several years we've had fun teaching beginning and intermediate backcountry skiers the basics of safe, efficient fun skiing away from the lifts. My plan this year is to use the north edge of the Tamarack Ski Area as our classroom. But I haven't heard from the mountain manager yet with a go/no go permission, so our venue might change. Watch for updates. I'll email or message everyone interested with our final plans.

What to expect? This is a field day to learn and practice how to travel easily in the mountains, with either telemark or alpine touring equipment. Bring what you have or can borrow. If you need something essential, say so and club members will try to find what you need. Don't worry about avalanche equipment. We won't travel in avalanche terrain, and there are other IMR classes that focus on that subject.

You will learn how to set and follow an efficient skin track, how to manage transitions (from up to down, hiking to skiing, etc) what to carry in your pack, what to leave home, how to stay found, and how to be a good ski buddy. This isn't the day to get lots of turns in. The downhill skiing will be moderate, and those wanting to climb 5K vertical feet or descend big steep couloirs will be sorely disappointed. In the past we have had more than a few very experienced BC skiers attend, and everyone of every ability is welcome. But if you are already really good, expect to be recruited to help newbies.

Once I hear from you, I will send you an email withtrip updates, and links to some great homework sites; how to videos, lists, wisdom from our betters.

Event Date: 
Sun, 12/13/2015 - 7:00am - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Email me, Jim, at mccallboaterATg mail dot com . Or call or message two 0 ate eight 6 nine to too 8 four.

Avalanche Awareness - Field Session

An all-day tour with hands-on avalanche hazard assessment, snowpack analysis, beacon practice, etc.

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/19/2015 - 7:00am - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Check the 705's Facebook page for updates and contact them directly: https://www.facebook.com/705bsp.org/

Early Season Ski Tour

Dust your skis off and join us for a 7 - 10 mile tour on old mining and logging roads north of Idaho City. We'll be breaking trail; wider touring skis are appropriate. Participants should have at least intermediate ski skills. The parking area is about 70 miles from Boise. No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/21/2015 - 7:00am - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Carl or Judi (208-859-2503) or jsteciak at hotmail dot com

Winter Camping 101

Are you interested in transitioning from 3-season to 4-season overnight wilderness trips with the help of folks who have over 35 years of winter camping experience? If so, this class is for you!

We will contact participants in advance to go over gear, food, hydration and techniques for staying warm in preparation for this one-night experience.

Prior 3-season camping experience will help. Participants must have or be willing to rent a 4-season sleeping bag, pad (or double up summer-weight pads), and 4-season tent. Metal-edged backcountry skis or wider touring skis are appropriate for this trip. Bring wax if needed for your skis and climbing skins if you have them.

We will leave Boise early on Saturday, drive to the network of logging/mining roads north of Idaho City (drivers will need Park-n-Ski passes, available at the Benchmark and other locations in town and at a gas station in Idaho City). We will break trail for 4 -5 miles, gain just under 1,000 feet, and camp. We will tour in the area for the rest of the day. Sunday morning, we will break camp and ski out.

Participants should be in good physical shape and have been on cross-country skis before. In addition to putting into practice what we discuss in advance, you will have ample opportunity to practice kick turns, step turns, herringbone, side step, side slip, snowplow and just skiing with a full pack.

Although the area is relatively benign from avalanche hazards, if people are interested we are keen to use the opportunity to practice snowpack evaluation, beacon search, and rescue shoveling - in which case you will need your multi-antenna beacon, probe, shovel and inclinometer.

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/05/2015 - 7:00am - Sun, 12/06/2015 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Carl or Judi, 208-859-2405 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com by Tuesday December 1st to sign up

Intro to backcountry skiing day trip

Like last year, this trip will introduce you to efficient and safe mountain travel using telemark, alpine touring ranndonee skis (French for "can't telemark") or splitboards.  We will focus on the uphill. What to take, moving as a happy group, that kind of stuff.  Downhill technique...well let us just say there are great instructors up at the ski resorts.  Bring your avi (avalanche) gear if you have it, but if you don't, no problem.

 

The location will depend upon snow conditions.  Our route will not include ANY avalanche-able terrain, nor will we focus on avoiding avalanches.  That's a whole 'nother kettle of fish.

 

Possible destinations include the north side of Tamarack Resort (the runs of the lift that got pulled), Pilot Peak area north of Idaho City, Mores Mountain north of Bogus Basin or Soldier Mountain.  Mother Nature will decide.

 

 

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/13/2014 - 6:45am - 8:00pm
Event Contact: 

 Jim    2 zero ate  eight 6 nine   to two 8 4.

 

mccallboater   at g mail.  com

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