Seattle Snowshoe Winter Camping Lecture - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Lecture: Snowshoe / Winter Camping Course

Seattle Snowshoe Winter Camping Lecture - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Winter Camping Course is designed for Mountaineers members who want to make the most of winter by knowing how to comfortably camp overnight in the snow.

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  • Moderate

7:00pm - 9:30pm at the Seattle Program Center.

Students learn about appropriate gear, how to stay warm and dry, and how to identify safe campsites. On the field trip we set up tent campsites, but the focus is to build and stay overnight in a snow cave. And to have fun doing it!


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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
  • Wands to alert skiers to your cave

Optional equipment

  • Whisk broom for sweeping out snow
  • Rubber gloves for smoothing out snow cave walls
  • Snow saw (for igloos)
  • Bivy bag
  • Sleeping bag liner

Other suggestions

Bring a deck of cards or a game - something fun for the evening. Booties for the night. Another dessert! Remember to have a complete set of dry socks and underwear to sleep in. Plan group meals with others in your camping group. Some people bring small battery-powered Christmas lights to put by the entrance of their snow caves.

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