Weekly
Dates
Hurricane Ridge, WA; Mount Baker; Mount Rainier National Park, WA; and North Cascades, WA
Location
2 days
Duration
Outdoor
Setting
Intermediate
Skill Level

Develop essential winter camping skills to increase your comfort in a winter landscape. Receive hands on experience traveling, navigating, camping, cooking, and sleeping in a winter environment.

AGES 18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval.
12-18 for youth courses.
PREREQUISITES Experience snowshoeing
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Plan, organize, equip, and safely implement a multi-day winter camping trip
How to stay warm and dry in a winter environment
Winter navigation techniques
Snow travel techniques
Winter ecology and Leave No Trace practices
Cooking in a winter environment
Tent construction and/or snow caves
INCLUDED Group camping equipment: Shelter, stove, and cook wear
2 days of professional instruction
Breakfast and dinner while in the field
NOT INCLUDED Transportation
Lunch
Personal clothing and backpacking equipment
Snowshoes
EQUIPMENT We will provide you with a detailed equipment list with your pre-trip announcement email.
RENTALS We offer full-service rentals. If you need any gear, please visit our rental page.
TRANSPORTATION & TIMES Transportation and times will be coordinated by email when the pre-trip announcement is sent to all registrants.
WHAT’S NEXT If you’re interested in more backcountry fun, check out our Mountaineering: Beginner and Mountaineering: Intermediate course.
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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

As a multi-day experience, participants will meet at a designated park and ride convenient for all participants. Meeting times vary, but will most likely be around 7:00am. Please consider driving as a caravan and all driving will take place on plowed roads to summit passes. Chains for your vehicle will be required.

Back country locations vary in Washington; plan on driving up to 2.5 hours to the location. A pre-trip route plan and avalanche assessment meeting will commence at a pre-established location. Once at the location, all participants will begin their snow camping experience.

Day 1:
Will consist of an approach to establish a base camp. Hiking could last up to 3 hours and up to 1,000ft. of elevation gain. Once at the site, learn snow camping techniques and Leave No Trace practices. Camping in tents and/or snow shelters are an option. Food will be provided.

Day 2:
You will learn winter ecology and survival techniques, practice navigation, and then travel home.

As an intermediate course, plan to ascend and descend up to 1,000 ft or more throughout the trip. Digging and working in the snow will be a big part of camp activities.Plan on standing in the snow for up to 30 minutes at a time with short periods of physical movement.

Plan on being home by 9pm on Day 2.

  • Mount Rainier
  • Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
  • Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park
  • North Cascades National Park

Saturday, 18 February-Sunday, 19 February
Saturday, 4 March-Sunday, 5 March

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

We are really excited to head out there with you! Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.