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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
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Winter Camping 101 Excursion March 29-30 with the Tahoe Rim Trail

Posted on February 21, 2014
Filed Under Mountaineering

Join experienced Tahoe Rim Trail guides on an overnight excursion and day trip designed to share the joys of winter camping and exploration in the backcountry overlooking Lake Tahoe with an emphasis on safety, comfort, and fun on March 29-30, 2014.

“Waking up the morning after snow camping, I unzip my frosted tent and feel the crisp morning air swirl around me. I quickly pull on my down puffy and step down into my dry boots waiting for me at the front of my tent. I hear the voices of other campers, pulling themselves reluctantly from their warm sleeping bags, getting ready to join the group around hot mugs of coffee and cocoa, to enjoy a bright blue bird day of snowshoeing and new friends.” – TRT guide

This is how snow camping ought to be: challenging, invigorating and enjoyable.

This challenging overnight program is designed for people who are already familiar with summer backpacking and camping techniques, and want to try their hand at snow camping. Snow Camping 101 is a hands on program that will incorporate 18 hours of classroom instruction, demonstrations and scenarios out in the field. Please note that participants between the ages of 13 and 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must be able to snowshoe with a 20-30lb backpack for up to 2 hours at 8,700 ft.

Experienced TRTA guides will be there every step of the way to share with you the fundamentals of winter weather, trip planning, winter Leave No Trace, backcountry cooking and staying warm. Participants are expected to bring their own clothing, lunch and snacks. TRTA can provide gear and will provide ingredients for cooking dinner and breakfast.

Snow Camping 101 will begin with a classroom session led by your instructors to give you a brief overview of basic snow camping concepts (classroom session notes are included in your Pre-Program Packet). Afterwards, we will break for lunch and then depart for our trailhead. We will snowshoe 60-to-90 minutes to our campsite, set up and then regroup for additional instructional demonstrations, role playing and a short excursion. After dinner, participants are free to go to sleep or relax around the campsite or in their tents. In the morning, for the more adventurous spirits, we will offer a pre-dawn sunrise hike to kick off the day (conditions permitting). Otherwise, in the morning, we will have breakfast, pack up, snowshoe out and then depart, returning around 12 PM.

Advance registration is required; please visit www.tahoerimtrail.org to reserve your spot.

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