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Snowshoe with the Dogs at Barlow Pass - Beginners - Exploratory

People taking DOGS will have first priority and beginners.  I'll be bringing my 7 month old.  Please email me and I will manually add you.  Please also answer these questions:  Are you willing to drive?  How many people can you take? Are you taking a dog?  Do you have a snopass?  I will open the event to those without dogs at a later date if it is not full.
I am trying to cater to BEGINNING snowshoers/hikers and those of us with 4-legged kids. I REQUIRE that the group stays together, so if you are not able to follow this request, please DO NOT RSVP.  In order to better manage the group and to give those who have attended few events, I am requesting that if you are experienced or a regular attendee of this group to NOT RSVP.  I hope you understand.  If you do signup, I'll remove you from the RSVP. Please be considerate and understand that I am a volunteer and I am doing this on my own time so HATE mail is not necessary. Pay-it-forward and become an organizer and you can cater to your group and make your own rules. If the event is NOT FULL the night before, please feel free to signup.
Sno-Park pass required
FYI: Reciprocity
Sno-Park permits issued by California, Idaho and Washington are honored in Oregon. California, Idaho and Washington also honor Oregon's sno-park permits.
There are many trails at Barlow Pass.  I will do some research and find a trail that has the least elevation and around 5 - 6 miles.
This is a SLOW snowshoe.  We will be going around 1 MPH a little faster on a way back but still slow to enjoy being outdoors.

What to bring:

- Snowshoes (we will not stop to rent snowshoes so please come prepared)

- Rain gear (or snow pants and a rain jacket)

- One or two extra warm layers

- Hat, Gloves (2 pair of gloves)

- Waterproof boots

- Gaiters to keep snow out of your boots.

- Trekking poles

- Camera

- Something to sit on

- 2-3 liters of water, hiking snacks, ten essentials, non cotton clothing, sun screen.

PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK; Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trailhead or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.

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  • Kathy

    Brad, Marci, Robert and Sherree you are going to kick yourself for not going to Mt. St. Helens. It was more gorgeous than Hood if you can believe that!! 200 photos to follow! Malay you are going to kick yourself - you can rock climb any time Mr. Snow Angel. I AM SICK!!!!! Going to spend the next few days in bed looking at my weekend photos.

    December 30, 2012

    • Robert L.

      Those pictures are beautiful. I went snowshoeing too, but my group lasted about 20 minutes before heading out for sledding.

      December 30, 2012

    • Malay

      Photos are great. I knew what I am missing, when I saw the bright sun through the glass wall of rock-gym. I am working on making myself strong enough for hikes on two consecutive days. Hopefully we can have a similar hike in the coming days. You take care and get well soon.

      December 30, 2012

  • Kathy

    Great day with views of the mountain. Thanks for blazing the trail Malay, Robert and Brad. Robert thanks for saving the snowshoe, you are a gentleman!!! Brad thanks for leading.

    December 30, 2012

    • Robert L.

      Saving the snowshoe?? You don't know me calling me a gentleman and all ;) It was really a fun time. If you wouldn't have organized it, I likely wouldn't have tried it until at least next year. THANKS.

      December 30, 2012

  • Malay

    Perfect weather, beautiful view and great people. Hope to see everyone again...

    December 30, 2012

  • Robert L.

    The perfect day for my first showshoe with a great group of people.

    December 29, 2012

  • PJ

    You guys had a great color day on the mountain! :)

    1 · December 29, 2012

  • Sheree

    Had a great time today! Hope to hike with everyone again.

    December 29, 2012

  • Rick L. J.

    Chris is there a ten essential list for dogs? I saw a lot of blood on the trail last week from dogs feet

    December 25, 2012

    • Kathy

      I saw lots last year from the ice forming on the snow. We're you in powder last weekend? I bought shoes for my dog, but I see blood higher on the legs.

      December 25, 2012

  • Kathy

    Is anyone renting shoes from Next Adventures for 10 bucks? If so, can you please get me a pair for powder baskets for your poles for 5 bucks? I lost one last week. It might be a good idea to have a spare in your pack. Let me know if you can. Thanks!

    December 24, 2012

  • Stephanie

    For the Barlow snowshoe event, I'm not sure what's involved with ten essentials. FYI, I will be coming from Hillsboro by light rail.

    December 17, 2012

    • Stephanie

      Thanks, Chris. I have snowshoed before and have brought some but not all of those items. I will keep in mind what I should bring.

      December 19, 2012

  • elle

    I need a ride with my dog (non-shedding, 32 lb Cockapoo....friendly). If not, I can't go... :(

    December 17, 2012

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