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This is an outdoor adventure group - from beginner backpacking overnights to more challenging off-trail trips. In addition some trips will have a focus on photography, night photography, plant identification or other accompanying interest that furthers our appreciation of the great outdoors.

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Castle Peak day-hike on snowshoes or skis

Donner Summit California State SnoPark

This is a good one for everyone because it's an out and back trail which gradually gets harder, so you can turn back any time. Only 3 miles to the peak, but the last part gets steep. The first two miles are great for snowshoes, even beginners. Here is a map link showing the route from Cordelia on I-80 to the Boreal Snopark. The snopark is on the south side of the freeway, but our trail head is on the north side. Park your car and walk under the freeway bridge to the trail head. https://goo.gl/maps/34aLqiSDD7R2 You will need a California Snopark permit to park here. You can buy an annual pass at the website: https://secure.cloudwisesolutions.com/app/products.html

Skiing / Snowshoeing / Climbing trip Lassen Peak

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WHAT Overnight snow camping trip with an optional attempt to summit Lassen Peak. Saturday ■ 0900 - leave Visitor Center to Lake Helen: 6 miles / 6700' to 8200' ■ We'll follow the road for 1.5 miles, then hike over Diamond Peak ■ We'll connect with the road 1.5 miles later ■ 1300 - Set up camp @ Lake Helen (8200') ■ 1400 - 1700 - Practice use of crampons, self-arrest, avalanche beacon searching, building snow shelters Optional Sunday ■ 0430 - summit attempt, Lassen Peak (10,500') ■ 3.5 miles each way / 8200' to 10,500' ■ Crampons and ice axe required ■ 1500 - pack up and head for the Visitor Center Alternatively, on Sunday you can day-hike and explore the terrain around Lake Helen, including the mudpots at Bumpass Hell. You will need to do your own research for this. LODGING* There is a campground at Kohm Yah-Man-nee that is open and available to those who might be interested in driving up Friday night. https://www.nps.gov/lavo/planyourvisit/southwest-walk-in-campground.htm WHEN February 2-3, 2019. We will meet Saturday morning at 8:30 am in the parking lot. We will leave at 9am. Plan accordingly for traffic, weather, parkin, etc... WHERE Meet at Kohm Yah-Man-nee Visitor Center ( https://goo.gl/maps/ygQYt3FHvaK2 ). It is about 4.5 hours north of San Francisco. Plan accordingly for traffic and parking. COST* National Park entrance and parking fee(s). WEATHER Monitor the weather forecast from NOAA. http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.481&lon=-121.3833#.Wj7UyCOZOAY GEAR LIST (not inclusive) ■ Snowshoes or skis ■ 4-season tent or sturdy 3-season tent ■ Crampons and ice axe (for the summit ascent) ■ Avalanche beacon ■ Snow probe ■ Snow shovel ■ Warm clothing NOTES ◘ * - dependent on government shutdown ◘ This is not a guided trip. ◘ You need to have your own gear and be self-sufficient. ◘ All communication in the last week leading to event will be through email. If you don't respond to organizer messages within 48 hours, you will be removed from the YES list.

Van Vleck Hut overnight on snowshoes or skis.

2nd date for this hut. This is a Friday-Saturday trip: Van Vleck is a super cozy hut, fairly close to highway 50. The hike is only 6 miles and not too steep. With nice bunks and a gas range top, we can leave our tents, pads and stoves behind..:-) We will meet at REI (parking lot) in Folsom and then caravan up to the trail head on Ice House Road. Link to map of Ice House Road route to trail head: https://goo.gl/maps/bkPbXH3SUTo link to map of our route on snow to the hut: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Cq2QrocPhQB3TaD8eHsNxoE_ju49uhDU&usp=sharing Weather Forecast for the Van Vleck area: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-120.32207160174282&lat=38.93823741212793

Van Vleck Hut overnight on snowshoes or skis.

Van Vleck is a super cozy hut, fairly close to highway 50. The hike is only 6 miles and not too steep. With nice bunks and a gas range top, we can leave our tents, pads and stoves behind..:-) We will meet at REI (parking lot) in Folsom and then caravan up to the trail head on Ice House Road. Link to map of Ice House Road route to trail head: https://goo.gl/maps/bkPbXH3SUTo link to map of our route on snow to the hut: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Cq2QrocPhQB3TaD8eHsNxoE_ju49uhDU&usp=sharing Weather Forecast for the Van Vleck area: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-120.32207160174282&lat=38.93823741212793

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