Seattle MAC - Overnight Snow Camping Trip

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Overnight Snow Camping Trip - Smith Brook Area

An overnight snow camp to practice our snow camping and winter layering skills!

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  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft

see trip sheet for details

Practice snow camping skills and test out your layering system. Participants have the option of sleeping in a tent or attempting to dig and sleep in a snow cave for the night (bring a tent as a backup just in case). 


Smith Brook Area

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • *Mountaineers can provide. Let Carl know by Feb 8.

    • Camping/snow travel Items
      • 1-2person tent*
      • Metal, collapsible snow shovel*
      • Snowshoes* 
      • Trekking poles*
      • Backpacking backpack
      • Sleeping bag* (could bring two and put one inside the other if necessary or liner + sleeping bag; Mountaineers can provide)
      • Sleeping pad* (could bring two; foam ones will be more insulated)
      • Tarp (to put under your sleeping pad and wrap over you to protect from drips in the cave)
      • Pack cover or plastic bag for water repellence
    • Clothing
      • Wool/synthetic socks (at least two pairs)
      • Boots (insulated, waterproof)
      • Long sleeve (synthetic)
      • Long underwear (synthetic)
      • Warm jacket (fleece or wool)
      • Warm pants (fleece or wool)
      • Snow pants (two ideally so you have a non-frozen pair for the morning)
      • Gaiters*
      • Rain jacket 
      • Heavy Down jacket
      • Underwear (at least two pairs; synthetic) 
      • Warm hat (wool or synthetic)
      • Brimmed hat
      • Waterproof gloves/mittens/liner gloves (at least two pairs; you can't have too many pairs of gloves in my opinion)
      • Masks (multiple)/Hand sanitizer
    • 10 essentials items
      • Sunglasses/goggles (Polarized, broad spectrum UV protection)
      • Sunscreen
      • Bowl, Cup, Spoon
      • Stove + fuel*
      • Water filtration device
      • Water bottles (at least two liters)
      • Headlamp/flashlight (spare batteries and/or second headlamp)
      • Hand/foot warmers
    • Extra nice stuff
      • Tea candles (optional)
      • Full change of clothes for sleeping
      • Full change of clothes for in the morning (don't want you to be having to put on frozen clothes you used for digging the day prior)
      • Change of clothes in the car
      • any other 10 Essentials not mentioned here
      • Toiletries (including blue bag; we won't have access to a bathroom)

  • Check out the gear that can be borrowed from the gear library. If you'd like to borrow anything from the gear library, please let Carl know by Feb 8 (reference the gear library link above when requesting)


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


     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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