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Winter camping / Snowshoeing Mount Washington (Backpacker Bootcamp)

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It is now time to go play in the snow. I would like to invite you to a day of winter camping. This trip will be very similar from the one we did in December 2013. hopefully this time, we will be able to build a snow shelter.

Have you ever slept in a Quinzhee (snow shelter)? No, here is your chance!!!

You don`t know what it is. Have a look at the link below

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinzhee

How to build a Quinzhee Youtube video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHQITrghbR8

We will have our tents to sleep in as well.

Those not familiar with Mount Washington, here is a map

http://www.mountwashington.ca/downloads/resort/strathmap.pdf

General Schedule

Saturday when we arrive to Raven Lodge at Mount Washington ski resort around noon, we will be walking to our campsite (with snowshoes on our feet) which is located near Lake Helen Mackenzie , east of Battlefield lake. We Will camp outside of the core area in the middle of the wood to make it more exciting and allow us to build a small camp fire. This will be about a 2 hour hike in unknown snow conditions. Expect deep snow with little traveled trails.

We will set up our tents, build one of more Quinzhees if the interest is there. This will take a few hours. Then have dinner and go for a night walk in easy to follow trails.

Sunday We will go for a 8-10 km hike without our tents and heavy backpacks. We will only take a day pack with water, snacks, warm sweater, gloves, tuque and safety equipment.

Then come back to camp, tear down our camp site and walk out. Expect to be at the parking lot around 4 pm.

Back to Victoria around 8 or 9 PM - We will stop for a meal on the way back.

Where do we meet :

Meet at the Tillicum Starbucks at 7:30 am Saturday am and depart shortly after for Mount Washington.

What to bring:

- Warm sleeping bag - 15 or warmer

- Warm jacket and fleece

- 2 pairs of gloves and tuques

- one baklava to protect you from the wind and cold

- Spare warm fleece, socks and long underwear ( keep them in water proof plastic bags)

- Head lamps with spares batteries

- Cooking pot, stove and fuel

-Water purifier system pill, pumps

- Tent 3 season or 4 seasons

- Mattress to sleep on, extra tarp to insulate your from the cold.

- Small shovel

- Day pack

- Minimum 2 liter container for water.

- Emergency blanket

- Heat source to warm up in tent ( since no fire is allowed even in winter)

- Food

If you need equipment post it on the event wall, I have extra kit that I can share.

You can also rent some snow shoes from the Raven lodge

http://www.mountwashington.ca/winter/equipment-rentals.html

or from Sports Rent in Victoria.

http://www.sportsrentbc.com/

If you intend on driving your vehicle please note : Strathcona Parkway requires good winter tires OR that you carry chains with you.

Road Report (http://www.drivebc.ca/#mapView&z=7&ll=[masked],[masked]) - The most current road conditions available on the road to the mountain. The Toll Free number you may call is:[masked].

If required we can have a coordinated meeting a few days before to ensure everyone is ready for a great adventure.

DISCLAIMER 1: Winter camping is more strenuous than during summer. Everyone is to ensure that they are in good physical fitness. The organizer reserves the right to limit the access to this activity for safety reasons or any concerns. It would be best that you have participated in longer hikes with the VOC prior to this trip. If uncertain if your fitness level is up to for this activity please contact me by email.

DISCLAIMER 2: EVERYONE IS RESPONSIBILE OF THEIR OWN SAFETY AND MUST ENSURE TO BRING ALL EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING TO BE SAFE.

As usual every participant will sign a waiver.