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Sierra Club Snowcamping Training Orientation (see important details below)

For those looking to get out more into the winter backcountry -- be it snowshoeing, skiing, riding, or just making super-rad snow angels -- come snowcamping this season with the Sierra Club Snowcamping Section!

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must apply for, and be accepted, to the training series to attend the orientation, which is part of the training process.  The application is available at:

The section does an annual training program each season (40+ years now) to teach fun and essential snowcamping skills to keep yourself warm and dry while in the winter backcountry.  Want to learn how to dig a snowcave?  We do that.  What about navigation skills to get yourself back to the car in a white-out? We do that too.

Led by a bunch of experienced volunteer leaders and assistant leaders, you’ll learn tons of skills on snowshoeing, cooking, constructing shelters, staying warm, and getting a great night sleep while out in the snow.  Our training series consists of:

1. A day of orientation and classroom training on the various skills to use;

2. A two-day, one-night trip a few miles into the backcountry as a test-run to get familiar with your new skills and have some fun;

3. And then a three-day, two-night trip to polish those skills and have even more fun.

The classroom training is in Emeryville on January 11, 2014, and the trips occur January through March (depending on the group) and are driving distance either in the Sierra Nevada or Lassen.

Check us out online -- -- where you can find our application.  We’re also on Facebook ( and Twitter (  The early-bird application deadline is November 29, 2013 ($15 off the training fees!), or the final deadline is December 13, 2013.  And feel free to e-mail if you have any questions. See you out there!

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  • Ewa B.

    Good, informative presentations.

    January 11, 2014

  • a

    Hi. RSVPed for this orientation weeks ago, but never noticed that i also needed to register on that othrr website. Is it too late to register now, or can I do so in person tomorrow morning? Thanks.

    January 10, 2014

  • Tom

    Quick question...what do we need in terms of clothing & equipment for these dates & trips? (want to ask Santa for the right stuff you know)

    December 5, 2013

    • Rob M.

      Hey Tom. That question takes a bit of time to answer, but is covered in depth at the orientation. Maybe Santa could provide a gift certificate for later use? A lot of gear can be rented as well so you can give snowcamping a shot before gearing up...

      December 6, 2013

  • Ryan W.

    I dont suppose that there are some alumni here that would be interested in an early trip on our own.

    December 5, 2013

  • Chenaka

    I Chenaka I am looking forward to meeting you guys !

    November 24, 2013

  • Rob M.

    Hi all. I'm super excited about all the interest. Again, please note that if you'd like to participate in the snowcamping training series, you need to sign up on the snowcamping website -- see the link in the description. Hope to see you out there!

    November 8, 2013

  • Rob M.

    Hi folks! Thanks so much for the interest. Please note that, as described above, you need to apply officially on the snowcamping site (see link below) to be included in the training program. Let me know if you have any questions. Looking forward to a great winter!

    October 22, 2013

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