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Snow Camping 101
March 17 @ 8:00 am – March 18 @ 1:00 pm


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This overnight snow camping course is designed for winter backcountry enthusiasts eager to learn how to upgrade their wilderness experience by learning the skills needed to successfully snow camp. Join us for this weekend experience to learn all kinds of snow camping tips and tricks, including: winter layering tips, how to set up camp in the snow, best snow traveling practices, winter Leave No Trace wilderness ethics, campsite selection, how to stay warm when you sleep, and winter weather smarts. After a morning classroom session, we will take our learning out to the field by snowshoeing 2-3 miles to our evening destination to continue hands-on learning and make some genuine backcountry friends. You will leave this course more confident in your future winter excursions.


Participants must be in good physical condition and able to carry a 25-35lb backpack while snowshoeing through deep snow. The TRTA asks that participants have completed three or more hikes of 8+ miles within the last 18 months. These physical requirements are for your safety and for the safety of the group and guides.


Participants must supply their own food and gear for this overnight program. It is critical that you have the right gear for this winter camping trip. Limited rental equipment is available through the TRTA. You will receive the full recommended gear and food lists upon approval after registration.
Basic gear list for snow camping**:

50+L backpack

Snow shovel

Snowshoes or cross country skis

Trekking poles

1-2 full length sleeping pads with total R-value of >4.0 (no blue foam)

Sleeping bag rated <20 degrees

3 or (preferably) 4 season tent

Stove and fuel

Cook kit

2-3L of water-carrying capacity

Backpacking toilet kit plus Wag Bag/Biffy Bag disposable toilet

Lip balm with SPF and sunscreen

Headlamp with fresh batteries

You will also need the following clothing items (no cotton allowed)**:

Wool hat

Neck gaiter or balaclava

2 pairs of very warm gloves/mittens

2 wicking underlayer shirts

2 pairs long underwear/fleece pants

2 midlayers of insulation (fleece and down)

Outer waterproof shell – jacket and pants

2 pairs warm wool socks

Winter boots (waterproof)

**More details, additional optional (nice to have) items, and gear and clothing recommendations and menu suggestions are included in the SC101 information packet participants receive after completing all registration steps.


Once you have registered for the program, you will be given additional pre-program instructions and preparation materials. These materials include: course objectives, weekend itinerary, preparation tips, food suggestions, gear requirements and recommendations, and a packing list.


In the event of cancelling your registration greater than or equal to 30 days prior to the program start date, the TRTA will retain a $35 administrative fee. Within 30 days of the program start date, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable


In the event that the TRTA needs to reschedule this course, it will be held on the Contingency Date (March 24-25). If you cannot attend this date, the TRTA will retain a $35 administrative fee. If the TRTA deems it necessary to cancel the Contingency Date, you will receive a full refund.

We hope that you will join us on this beautiful and instructional weekend in the breath-taking Tahoe backcountry


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