All Levels Winter Outing

  • January 11, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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Hey folks!

Every year so far we've done an outing the second weekend of January, and we're coming up on that time again (crazy, eh?).  I'm posting early so that anyone who wants to come can have a heads-up on dates and make sure they've got the right equipment.  (New!  Kit lists! Check them out!)

The course will start Friday morning early and go until late Sunday morning.  Anyone who can't make it for three days or who is nervous about spending two nights in the cold is welcome to come just for two days, but I recommend coming for the full time if you can.  Course fee will be $20 to cover the use of the land.

Cold weather is pretty challenging in and of itself, so there won't be any expectation of gear or food limitations (unless people want to put those on themselves; if so, let me know and we can discuss).  We will work on skills like shelter building, managing moisture (both intake of moisture and preventing yourself from getting wet), and fire building in the cold; we will also discuss preventing, recognizing and managing hypothermia.

And there will be food roasted on a fire under the stars in the snow.  There ain't much better than that :).

It will be a small course because it's safer that way.  If we get a lot of interest, though, we'll see if we can do one in February as well.

Please note: I reserve the right to cancel this trip at the last minute if the weather is forecasted to be too severe.  If I do that, I will refund everyone's fees.  Training and learning is one thing, asking for trouble is another.

Cancellation criteria:

  1. Nighttime temps predicted to be less than 5 degrees F
  2. More than 8 inches of snow predicted to fall in 24 hours
  3. Blizzard conditions
  4. Freezing rain
  5. Anything else that I haven't thought of that makes me nervous :).

If you have any questions, please let me know!  Hope to see you there!

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  • Peter B.

    I had a great time and to meet all of you. Thank you Lisa and Todd for organizing the event. I learned so much about survival with a limited amount of gear. Even with the rain it was a great time and that's what I liked about it. It showed me what I was able to tolerate. Which, on the next trip out I think I'll be able to get along with even less equipment. The cold and wet is a part of nature and that's going to happen sooner or later when your outside, so to be out in it with a great group of people makes it a whole lot more tolerable.

    January 14, 2013

  • Deb M.

    Wet and chilly, great opportunity to test gear and skills. Great group lots of sharing, I'm glad I went.

    January 13, 2013

  • Neha

    what do we bring with us? any tips/precautions?

    January 7, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Neha, I just sent you an email. Please get back to me as soon as possible!

      January 7, 2013

  • Tia

    How much hiking will we do to get to our site? :) thanks

    November 30, 2012

  • Steve M

    Is there any chance we could open up this events for more members

    November 25, 2012

  • josh

    How will we be storing our food? Hanging bags?
    I'll most likely be heading there from work on Friday afternoon (Taunton, MA).

    October 18, 2012

    • Lisa C.

      Yes, we'll hang the food up in bear bags outside of camp.

      October 19, 2012

  • Laurent

    I'm gonna try to make it, but usually on the second week of January I go to Salt Lake City (business trip).
    I will try to know if I'm going next January, if not, I would love to go outside in the cold to barely sleep :) !!!

    October 15, 2012

    • Laurent

      Is there another schedule on February ?? I'd love to come.

      October 16, 2012

    • Lisa C.

      Probably so- haven't picked dates yet, tho. Will post here when I do...

      October 16, 2012

  • Lisa C.

    Holy moly, that escalated quickly. Looks like I'll be scheduling a February course as well!

    There will be more information and we'll figure out carpooling when we get closer to the date. In the meantime, start picking up warm clothes (secondhand wool!). Talk to everyone soon!

    October 16, 2012

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