Winter Camping 101

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Carl Hamke 208 859 2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com

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.