Winter Camping 101 - Field Session

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Contact Carl or Judi at (208) 859-2503 to sign up

This is the field session (see the December 3 2012 post for information about the classroom session).


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 covered during the classroom session, you will have ample opportunity to practice kick turns, step turns, herringbone, side step, side slip, snowplow and just skiing with a full pack.


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.   You must have, or be able to rent, a four-season tent and sleeping bag.


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 beacon, probe, shovel and inclinometer.