You should be in good shape to do this event. Snowshoeing is quite strenuous.
We will be snowshoeing Herman Gulch.
Herman Gulch is a great snowshoe trail located just off I-70, Exit 218.
This trail meanders through valleys of pristine snow with rugged snow-capped mountains all around. Very scenic. (See photos in first link above)
Distance: 4-7 Mile round trip. This is an absolute rule: at 2.5 hours in, we turn around--no matter where we are at. On past hikes/trips, this has been a problem. Anyone Dude who does not abide will be banned from future trips. Why do this? So nobody is separated and gets lost.
Difficulty: Intermediate - Beginners welcome but should be in good condition
Elevation at trailhead: 10,400'
Elevation gain: 1,600'
Dogs: yes, leashed.
Trail Head Location Take I-70 west to exit 218 toward Empire. Make sharp right to the parking area.
We'll meet up at the Woolly Mammoth Park n' Ride Lot at 8:00 am, leave at 820am. Figure an hour to get to the trailhead, and then a 3 hour snowshoe/hike.
Food--Bring some sandwiches and soup, but on the way home, you'll probably want to drop into Beaujos or Tommyknockers.
This is a social workout hike at a fairly aggressive altitude. Social means we are not racing, we're working out and having great conversation. We're not leaving people behind, but those attending should be in good shape so not to hold everyone up.
This is NOT easy.
You should expect a difficult workout. It's highly suggested that you have a pair of hiking poles. Ski poles are a good alternative.
It will be quite cold, so dress accordingly. If you don't know what that means—google is your friend and you should ask questions in the conversation below. Your best weather.com comparable location will be Loveland Ski Area.
We are all adults responsible for ourselves, so I trust you to have full heed of the seriousness of winter adventures in the mountains. As you surely know, in winter, one can get in trouble fast, so you need to prepare accordingly. It wouldn't hurt to download a winter survival app to your phone, such as the Marine Corp winter survival for Android, and carry extra phone batteries. Having a first aid app isn't a bad idea either. If you haven't gone to one of REI's free winter safety clinics, you really should.
If you need some ideas about how to survive if things go bad, hit Youtube and put in Ray Mears, Winter, Long. This will bring up the long documentary-type survival shows by one of the world's leading outdoor survival experts. These four links to some Ray Mears shows should be good, especially the first and last.
We will designate a trail lead and a sweep. We will also ask who has emergency medical training.
By signing up for this event, you acknowledge that you are responsible for yourself and you hereby indemnify and release the owners, and all organizers from any and all liability stemming from your participation in this event.
Clothing: Do not wear death-cloth (cotton). Wool is much better. The local Army/Navy sells wool pants for cheap, and this might save your life.
Gear: Snowshoes can be rented at REI. Often, Sam's Club and Costco will have snowshoes for really cheap, if you wish to buy a pair. It is a really good idea to bring hiking poles along.
You should take along the Ten Essentials:
You should prep for winter weather:
While your event leader may carry other items, I typically carry a backpack with the following in it, (given only as example). The point is that you need to come prepared:
- Firestarter – matches, lighter, steel and magnesium, and trioxane.
- Collapsible shovel
- Emergency medical kit
- Reflective space blanket
- Signal mirror
- Roll of plastic sheeting (approx 10'x 12')
- Goretex shell top and pants
- Downfill jacket
- Dry undershirt
- extra wool socks and gloves
- 2 Thermos full of hot water
- Extra food and tea – instant soup or instant potatos.
- High visibility marker tape (orange)
- Coleman stove for heating water if needed.
ps-Bring your dog, who must be leashed.
pps--If you're laid off or really need that $3, email me. I'm not heartless.....
ppps...why the change to pay to RSVP? No-shows, late arrivals, and general inconveniencing everyone. Unlike the stuff we do in the city, it takes a lot more effort and coordination to do things that are out of the city. Plus, people were showing up late, or not at all, or going to the wrong spot in the parking lot and refusing to come to the rest of us to meet. If you take the time to RSVP and pay, it's more of a commitment. You'll think and not sign up on a whim, and are far less likely to bail out at the last minute--thus screwing up carpooling, etc.