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Crater Lake Ski-Shoe and Snow Camp

 New options for this trip.

Options 1:

Santa Andrew will be leading group down to Crater Lake Friday morning.  He will be leaving from the Park and Ride at I-5 and highway 34/20 at 7:00 am. Then making a stop in Eugene about 8:00am at the Jacksons Food Store # 551 Park and Ride address: 86623 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR 97405

  Option 2:

A second group will leave Saturday morning as stated in the original plan.

Please post if you will be leaving Friday or Saturday and where you will be car-pooling from.  State if you can drive, number of people you can take and from what city. 


Another one that "has it all"... A Crater Lake Full Moon Snow Shoe Snow Camp Star Gaze outing.

Description

We'll drive down to Crater Lake Saturday and park at the Rim Village. We'll then snowshoe north to the Watchman and pitch camp. On Saturday & Sunday we can climb to the Watchman lookout tower and do some more snowshoeing around the area. Pack up Sunday late morning and head out.

Originally this was scheduled for a New Moon weekend, but it is now under a Full Moon so I will not haul in my telescope. Bring binoculars tho.

Please note: We will need to watch the weather closely; if heavy snow or wind is forecast I will postpone/cancel the trip. Update: weather looks clear and slightly warm, little wind. A 3-season tent should be just fine.

Difficulty

This is an intermediate outing. Elevation gain is ~500 ft and total distance is 2.5 miles to the Watchman.

Skills needed

Snowshoeing and snow camping. If you haven't snow camped before please see my Snow School (Jan 18) and Intro to Snow Camping (Feb 20) outings.

Costs

None.

Directions

Drive to Crater Lake. I will most likely take Hwy 58 to Hwy 97, then 422 to 62 to the South Entrance. I believe we have to sign in, then drive to the parking area at the visitor's center. With luck all the roads will be clear.

Carpooling

I'll do carpooling from Albany or Corvallis, with optional pick-up at Albertson's in Springfield. More later.

What You Need

I have posted a list of gear here:

http://files.meetup.com/1823509/SnowCamping.pdf

Snowshoes and some other gear can be rented at Peak Sports, REI, Berg's, and I believe either OSU or UO. Not sure about Salem outlets.

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  • Bill B

    Overnight time lapse came out great!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR-rZ_zoS50

    Thanks again Carl for setting this up. It was a great group and a great time.

    March 18, 2014

    • Carl

      I am impressed! Loved that moonrise.

      March 18, 2014

    • Bill B

      Thanks. Your photos are incredible, Carl! I'm still working on my photos and video. I'll post them here when I finish.

      March 19, 2014

  • BW

    Always my best snow camp trip of the year!

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • B

    Saw some nice views and heard some interesting stories. Good times

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • l3db3tt3r

    So sorry to have missed this :( I caught a stomach bug that prevented me from going...

    March 17, 2014

  • Carl

    In one word: Awesome.

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Eddy O

    good weather - good folks. & great views. clear skies. a great day and night at the lake.

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • B

    Hi,
    Im Ben. I have done the Wednesday climbing so I haven't met most people. Im new to the area. Im very excited about seeing Crater Lake, I heard it is great.
    Im leaving w Carl on Sat. I have a Nat'l Park Pass so maybe that may save our group a few bucks.
    I had some concerns about gear since I haven't camped in snow for a few years and some of my stuff is back in Boston. But luckily I have use of a borrowed stove and I can rent a heavy sleeping bag from OSU. I am all set except one question:
    What are people going to be sliding in the snow on?
    Sno-shoes?
    AT-Skis?
    XC-Skis?
    I have the first two. Snowshoes are slow. AT-Skis are the most fun but if others aren't going to skinning/gliding then I won't take them. I will need to rent XC skis from OSU tmwr if people think I should take them. I have an extra tent that I can lend. Anyone who has been to Crater Lake have any other suggestions for packing? I am trying to put my stuff together tonight.
    Look forward to meeting everyone on Sat
    BP

    March 13, 2014

    • Bill B

      Crater Lake doesn't require passes in the Winter.

      BW, Aaron and I will be on snowshoes. Andy uses cross country skis and carries snowshoes. Aaron is a good skier and said he's bringing downhill skis. It's only 2.5 miles, so snowshoes will be fine. The hike up Watchman is easier on snowshoes too.

      There's a trail from the rim to the visitor center with a 1,000 foot elevation drop that's supposed to be good on skis. You could do that run, and meet your ride at the visitor center.

      Some of us will have pulk sleds, so I'm planning to do some sledding. Everyone is invited.

      1 · March 13, 2014

    • Eddy O

      I'm on snowshoes with a sled.

      March 13, 2014

  • l3db3tt3r

    Saturday Departure..

    March 13, 2014

  • Bill B

    The forecast for Saturday looks great, but Friday, not so good. I'll be driving from Thurston Saturday morning and get a separate camping permit in case I decide to stay Sunday night. If anyone else can possibly come back Monday, let me know. It's a long drive for one night.

    Better bring the sunscreen! See you at the lake Saturday.

    March 13, 2014

  • Eddy O

    Ok, I'm waiting to hear from work, the boss may need me Friday ... It's busy time at OSU. If that's the case, I will need a ride Saturday from Corvallis ,, (sounds like Carl can accommodate). Andy, I'll let you know.

    March 10, 2014

    • Eddy O

      i will be going on saturday.

      March 11, 2014

  • BW

    Eddy - There is plenty of trees along the rim ,with great views of he lake, if we camp in the area where I did last year. With the warm temps., you will not want to be directly under any trees.Where there may be melting 2 to 4 lb. snow bombs falling on you and your hammock, or tent 24 hrs. a day.Thats what happened with us .

    March 10, 2014

    • Bill B

      I think you'll be ok with the hammock. On the trip with BW last year, we arrived in a nasty blizzard and camped right on the rim. The next day was warm and sunny, which melted the ice in the trees from the blizzard. All the ice was gone by evening, and the following day was fine.

      So it looks like everything in the trees will be melted before we arrive. The forecast is for highs in the 50's and no snow.

      March 11, 2014

    • Eddy O

      thanks bill, for the info. another variable ;) with my sleeping arrangements. if there's room, i'll bring both.

      March 11, 2014

  • Bill B

    I'm planning to drive from Springfield (Thurston), but haven't decided which day yet.

    Also, the moon will be full this weekend. That's great for seeing the lake all night, which I prefer for an overnight time lapse. You can see the moon set and then sun rise in this video from last year:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=luIXZWJUFvw#t=345

    March 11, 2014

  • Katie B.

    Is there there an option to come back Saturday night? I have to work Sunday, otherwise I'd be in!!

    March 10, 2014

    • Carl

      Not yet, but you're welcomed to create that option.

      March 10, 2014

  • Eddy O

    Those who've been, is there a forested camp, or is it more exposed? Asking because I will use my hammock if trees allow, though I'm not really counting on it.

    March 9, 2014

    • BW

      'Eddy there OS eno

      March 10, 2014

    • BW

      'Eddy there OS eno

      March 10, 2014

  • Eddy O

    Would like to ride with Santa on Friday, coming from corvallis. Final confirmation later today.

    March 8, 2014

    • Santa A.

      Eddy I will pick you up at 6:40 Friday

      March 9, 2014

    • Eddy O

      Thanks Andy

      March 9, 2014

  • BW

    I will be going with Option 1 and meeting for car pooling in Eugene
    ,at 8am at Jackson food store park and ride

    March 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm in Eugene and would love to attend, if there's a carpool stopping in Eugene on Saturday morning. Thanks!

    March 9, 2014

  • Santa A.

    New options for this trip.

    Options 1:

    Santa Andrew will be leading group down to Crater Lake Friday morning. He will be leaving from the Park and Ride at I-5 and highway 34/20 at 7:00 am. Then making a stop in Eugene about 8:00am at the Jacksons Food Store # 551 Park and Ride address: 86623 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR 97405

    Option 2:

    A second group will leave Saturday morning as stated in the original plan.

    Please post if you will be leaving Friday or Saturday and where you will be car-pooling from. State if you can drive, number of people you can take and from what city.

    March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going the week before with my brother and friends. I hope you all have a great experience, and a safe trip.

    February 26, 2014

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