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So much for the 3-day weekend. Due to the forecasted storm moving into the area on Thursday through Saturday and the resulting increased instability of the snowpack ie; increased avy risk, the trip has been moved out a few days to begin on Monday the 18th. Colder temps are expected so prepare accordingly. This moderate route begins at Meeks Creek and heads to Genevieve Lake for the first night, continuing to a second lake the following day with a return through either General or McKinney Creeks. Route is apprx. 12-15 miles depending on return route and 1,500' of gain. Travel is via snowshoes or ski’s, whatever one is comfortable with. If you have some winter backcountry travel experience but have not tried winter camping this is a good route to do. A recommended minimum gear list is available for review and extra gear and clothing is available. If needed, snowshoe / ski rentals are obtainable in Reno. As always safety is paramount so this trip is subject to a reasonable weather forecast and safe snow-pack conditions. Please reach out with any questions.
Camping in winter........ Sounds like torture but in reality it is a very unique and rewarding experience that surpasses camping in the other three seasons. Whether a novice or experienced winter camper this trip offers something for everyone. Come to learn and/or share knowledge regarding appropriate winter gear, winter backcountry travel, and techniques for comfortable winter camping. Depending on the weather, snowpack conditions and participants fitness the options range from a short hike to an Alpine Lake, ie; south of Echo Summit, the backside of Elephants Back near Carson Pass or possibly Meeks Creek. Longer options available (up to 5 miles one way) include Angora Lakes, Meiss or Round Lake near Meiss Meadows or the summit of Little Round Top. The longer excursions involve a bit more elevation gain but are fairly easy and offer outstanding views. None of these routes traverse below or across avalanche terrain. A destination will be selected and announced by the 21st along with a meeting location. Please feel free to express your interest in a particular area. As winter camping is a bit more challenging, having the proper gear and clothing is important. A basic gear / clothing list is available for review and anyone who is short an item or two can let me know as we have extra items for use. Snowshoes are the primary mode of travel but ski's or split-boards are fine. Rentals are available in Reno from BoBo's. This trip was offered last season and was well received so hence the repeat. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.