Snow Camping Winter Camping

Snowshoeing Course

Winter Camping Course

This is the winter snow camping module of the Kitsap Branch Backcountry Winter Travel Course.

-The Kitsap Branch Snow Camping Module moves from a lecture section on winter camping to finish by exercising material learned in class in an overnight field trip. This Module is a subset of the branch Backcountry Winter Travel Course.

The camping is conducted at Paradise on Mount Rainier, and the site selected offers real backcountry camping experience.

The trip will consist of one or two evenings spent snow camping. This outing tests the attendees ability to cook in an environment where canister stoves may not function due to low temperatures and also require attentive water management, since the water is derived from snow melted with the attendees stove. Likewise, with the cold environment, attendees gear selection will notify them quickly in the event that that have chosen  the wrong equipment temperature range. MRNP requires Hard Shell Food Containers, aka Bear Canisters, but to fox problems.

Attendees should bring a couple of days of Emergency Food and Fuel Supplies in the event that the park is not able to clear the road of snow from Longmire.

Snow caves are permitted when snow depth exceeds 8 feet and have several other requirements. The snow atop an active cap must have a Marker Wand to preclude unexpected visitors from dropping in before the cave is set. A Marker Wand shall also be set near the cave entrance. Caves shall be collapsed (a challenging task once they have set) prior to departing the event. Uncollapsed caves are a hazard.

Vehicle Drivers must register there vehicles for overnight stay to link their vehicle to our event. Failure to do so may result in a park search for a non existent lost person/group. It is also strongly recommended that the driver carry a snow shovel to dig out the mound of snow left by the plow as it keeps the parking area roadway clear.

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Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment
  • 10 Essentials
  • Snowshoes or skis
  • Tent or Bivvy suitable for snow loading and high winds.
  • Snow staking system
  • Sleeping bag and mattress system comfortable down to a minimum of 10 F
  • Bear Canister
  • Food for the anticipated time you will camp
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.