WTC West LA Group 4
WTC West LA Group 4

Snow Camp Details

Date: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 20-22

 

Time:

6:15 a.m.  Begin loading buses

7:00 a.m.  Buses depart for Bishop

 

Meeting Location: Porter Ranch Park 'n Ride lot, just off the 118 freeway at the Porter Ranch Drive exit.

Destination: South Lake area.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to set up a tent in the snow
  • Be able to build a snow cave
  • Attain a sense of accomplishment by using all skills on a High Sierra backpack

What to Bring:

Again, you will be loading everything into the cargo hold of a bus. Please pack to make it easy to load/unload.  DO NOT attach your poles to your pack. Mark all your gear with "Your Name" and "Group 4."

 

  On the bus:

  • The clothes you'll be hiking in on Friday afternoon. Once we're dropped off, we'll be loading up our packs and hiking.
  • Note that this time, you may leave items on the bus over the weekend (though don't leave extremely valuable items).
  • You may want to have clean clothes to change into on Sunday afternoon when you get back to the bus.
  • Lunch/snacks/beverages for the bus trip.

  For snow camp:

  • Backpack loaded with everything you'll need for the two nights
  • You can bring a separate daypack for Saturday, though most just use there larger backpack
  • Ten essentials
  • Area map (provided in class)
  • Food for Friday night through Sunday mid-day
  • Water (enough for the hike in and Friday evening), after that, you'll purify or melt snow, as needed
  • Clothes for any weather scenario (wind, rain, etc.).  As always, check the weather, but be prepared for anything.
  • TWO sleeping pads, at least one should be closed cell foam
  • Ski or trekking poles (with snow baskets)
  • Delicious food or drink item to share at Saturday's happy hour
  • Extra batteries (remember, they'll drain quickly in the cold)

Schedule

  Friday

  • One rest stop along the drive
  • Drop off
  • Hike to Table Mountain Campground
  • Setup camp, eat dinner
  • Dig fire pit

  Saturday

  • Wake up and breakfast
  • Dayhike (once we leave camp, we won't be returning until the end of the day)
  • Avalanche education
  • Snow shelters
  • Happy hour
  • Dinner and campfire

  Sunday

  • Wakeup and breakfast
  • Morning activities TBD
  • Snowshoe race (if time permits)
  • Break camp, pack and hike out to bus
  • Pizza in Bishop
  • Return to Los Angeles

Notes

  • Each person will be provided with snowshoes and a shovel at the trailhead
  • Bring straps or bungees to attach extra items to your backpack
  • Each person will be given a piece of firewood to pack in for the Saturday fire
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