Seattle Snowshoe Winter Camping Field Trip - Smith Brook Area

Field trip: Snowshoe / Winter Camping Course

Seattle Snowshoe Winter Camping Field Trip - Smith Brook Area

Field trip for the Seattle Winter Camping course.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,600 ft

Stevens Pass parking lot D, north side of the highway. Between the black poles that indicate overnight parking. Be there before eight.

The Winter Camping Course Field Trip is an overnight trip on the snow.  It is a weekend outing, starting early with a full day on Saturday, and ending mid-day Sunday. 

Details will be presented at the course lecture.


students will earn:


Smith Brook Area

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Snowshoe Overnight Trip

  • Everything from day trip checklist

Camping gear

  • Avalanche probe for scouting snow cave locations
  • Additional dry clothing for sleeping
  • Shovel - collapsible, metal preferred
  • Study, four season tent with rain fly
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Stove and stove platform
  • Stove fuel
  • Large pot for melting snow
  • Cup and spoon
  • Plenty of high-fat food

Optional equipment

  • Whisk broom for sweeping out snow
  • Rubber gloves useful for bivouac creativity.
  • Snow saw (for igloos)
  • Bivy bag
  • Sleeping bag liner

Other suggestions

 Booties for the night.  Remember to have a complete set of dry socks and underwear to sleep in. Some people bring small battery-powered Christmas lights to put by the entrance of their tents.

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