Basic Snowshoeing - Tacoma 2016 Jan

Snowshoeing Course

Basic Snowshoeing

Basic Snowshoeing - Tacoma Jan 2016

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**Graduation requirements: 1 evening classroom session, 1 day long field snowshoe trip, 1 scheduled Mountaineers snowshoe trip and completion of a conservation activity.**

The class runs from the classroom date until April 30 in order to give students time to complete the course requirements but actual instruction is complete with the successful completion of the classroom session and field trip.(By April 30, even the hard core snowshoers have moved on to spring hiking and snowshoe trips are not available,) Should a student not complete the course requirements by April 30, there is a two year window allowed for completion so we can extend the completion  date till April 30 of the following year.

Classroom session: Thursday JAN 7, 2015 - 6:30PM to 9:30PM in the Tacoma Program Center Classroom

Field trip* : Saturday JAN 23, 2015 at Paradise, Mt Rainer NP, meeting place and time to be determined in class. It is impossible for us to determine the weather far in the future so students should consider the field trip date tentative although we will try very hard to keep that date. We absolutely will not hold a field trip on dates where conditions are unsafe or where the conditions are not conducive to a good learning experience. In such a case students will be informed by Thursday of the week of the field trip that it has been postponed. The field trip will then be rescheduled for the following weekend with the same time and place as the original. That process will recur until we are able to safely and successfully get you out.

Signing up for this course automatically signs you up for the field trip also. Actual Snowshoe trips are scheduled individually and doing so will be discussed in class.

Upon graduation, your Mountaineer profile will show a Basic Snowshoe Badge.

This course provides students a solid foundation in snowshoeing. Topics covered are snowshoe techniques and travel, winter clothing and gear selection and conditioning for snowshoeing. Successful completion will allow the student to participate in Easy and Easy+ Mountaineer snowshoe outings. It will also allow an interested student to continue on to the next level course Backcountry Snowshoe. There are no prerequisites for this course.  There will be a discount for people who want to take all three snowshoe modules (Basic Snowshoeing, Backcountry Snowshoeing and Winter Camping) and sign up at one time. If you wish to take advantage of this option, see Winter Travels - Tacoma and sign up for that instead of the three modules individually.

As a beginning snowshoe course, an accent is placed on safety first. We will not even consider going in avalanche prone terrain ... period, but we will touch on how to avoid that terrain. We also stress the fun and comradery that can be snowshoeing. This is one of the truly joyous activities in the Mountaineers. While most outings have a destination, in basic snowshoeing it is more a matter of the experience that the destination and many trips are just to areas such as the Paradise area of Mt Rainier or the Crystal Mountain area.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Basic Snowshoeing (old) - Lecture
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Jan 10, 2018
Registration closed Jan 9
11 participants
0 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Jan 23, 2019 -
Thu, Jan 24, 2019
Registration closed Jan 10
30 participants
9 instructors
Basic Snowshoeing (old) - Field trip
Sat, Jan 27, 2018
Registration closed Jan 25
13 participants
0 instructors
Required Equipment

There is some equipment that will be required to complete the course but we suggest that those new to snowshoeing refrain from purchasing new equipment until after the classroom session. This will probably avoid a few of the mis-steps of over purchasing or purchasing inadequate gear. A sizable portion of the classroom evening is devoted to what gear to get, how/why to choose it and where it may be purchased or rented. Some of the things on the list are:

  • Parka
  • Gloves
  • Treking/Snow Poles
  • Boots
  • Pack
  • Outdoor Clothing
  • Water Bottle
  • Hand  warmers

Do note that many people with some hiking experience will probably have a gr.  eat deal of this gear. Our purpose is to show what you'll need, what are nice extras and what's available.

Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.