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Advanced - 2 Night Winter Camping at Sand Ridge

  • Nov 30, 2012 · 7:00 PM

Who wants to sleep out in the cold a couple of nights in December? I'd like to head out with a small group of hearty souls interested in honing winter camping skills. Weather and snow permitting, one of the goals of this trip is to build a snow shelter. (I have said this 5 years in a row now, maybe this will finally be the year it happens!)

It is very important to understand that winter camping involves serious risks and requires special gear. This trip is absolutely for experienced backpackers. Due to the group's policies, members who have not gone on a bootcamp or other such evaluation-type trip with us may not attend "Advanced" trips (which this is) until they do so. If you are unsure of your skills and/or gear, please wait for one of the "intro to winter" camping trips. Attendance is at the discretion of the organizer and also please note that this trip might have to be canceled at the last minute if weather and/or road conditions become hazardous.


  • We practice Leave No Trace and expect that everyone attending is also committed to these principles.
  • The route and distance of this trip will be variable, based on weather conditions. However, the terrain is chalenging and packs are heavy with winter gear so a reasonable level of fitness is necessary.
  • No add-ons. If your friend wants to attend, please ask him/her to sign up for the meetup site and join the trip through normal procedures.
  • No pets, children, or other dependents.
  • The waitlist will be governed by a strict "first come, first served" policy

Getting there

Organizers will make the car pool arrangements, within reason, so that everyone may attend. They will plan the route of the trip, coordinate any needed logistics, and facilitate any details of the trip related to requirements of the park location.

Details on carpool arrangements, directions and contact information will be determined about a week before the trip.

Cost is $5.00 per person payable at the time of sign up.

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  • Sandra S.

    Hi Mary
    I still see my name for that event. I believe that Carl informed you that neither he nor I will be able to attend. Sorry for the inconvenience. Just wanted to make sure you knew my spot was also available for someone else to attend. Thanks

    November 16, 2012

  • Sandra S.

    Hi Mary
    I still see my name for that event. I believe that Carl informed you that neither he nor I will be able to attend. Sorry for the inconvenience. Just wanted to make sure you knew my spot was also available for someone else to attend. Thanks

    November 16, 2012

  • Mary

    The park will not allow large groups to camp together (8 is the max, I found out) so I will not be able to open the trip up to more than 8 people. Sorry

    November 16, 2012

  • Yanira P.

    I would very much love to do this, I am very fit and active and have experience with backpacking. I served in the military and had to rough it with a ruck sack that weighed more that I do. So I would imagine that makes me experience. I had to hike in alteast 14 miles and 12 -16 miles back out. on several training deployments. Not to mention digging a "fox hole" in basic training. I would like to get to those basics when it comes to back packing. Although I have gotten spoiled with the "car camping" with my little ones but I am getting them ready little by little for a many different levels of camping.

    November 7, 2012

  • Mark K.

    Will there be an "intro to winter" trip anytime soon?

    October 28, 2012

    • Mary

      it's likely, but not officially on the calendar yet. THey often happen in Jan/Feb after the holiday madness dies down

      November 5, 2012

  • Mary

    Hi David,
    No, sorry, it's near Peoria, IL.
    We usually have a winter trip in MI too, though, so keep your eyes peeled for that

    October 25, 2012

    • David S.

      Hope you get the snow you need. Snow shelters are a lot of fun.

      October 25, 2012

  • Mary

    Sean (and anyone else with the same question):

    If you feel that you have the required level of experience to attend one of our trips, but have not been on any trips with the group, please send a brief summary of your relevant experience to the organizer of the trip.
    Ex: "Spent 5 days back country camping and hiking in a lava desert with no access to civilization". "Attended a NOLS First Responder class." Or whatever.

    Typically there is a certain skill level (and it varies widely) known to be needed for each of our trips. The organizer should be able to tell from your past experience if it's a match to the requirements of the trip. Ultimately it's the trip leader's decision, but the way to start is to have the conversation with that person. We are just trying to make sure everyone has a good time on these trips-it's just no fun to be on a trip that you are not ready for.

    Thanks for the good question, I am sure you are not the only person wondering.

    October 25, 2012

  • David S.

    Is the location anywhere close to Grand Rapids MI? I haven't gone on a boot camp, but I've been a winter survival instructor for the Ski Patrol and out in the winter many nights. Several solo winter overnights too.

    October 24, 2012

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