What we're about

Do you enjoy being outside in the snow? Want to backpack year round? This group is for backpackers interested in non-technical, challenging, and enjoyable hikes to the snow-covered ridges, frozen lakes, and icy summits of the Cascade mountains.



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Organizers are facilitators for the trips. Everyone shares responsibility together. There are no guides, first responders, or medical professionals provided. There is usually no phone service in the wilderness. Be prepared for the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. Arrive self-sufficient. Backpacking in the Cascade Mountains is dangerous and people get injured and killed doing it. None of the planned trips are risk-free. There are many risks including falling, hypothermia, and avalanches.

IMPORTANT: You can be new to snow camping, but this is not a beginners hiking group. You need to be fit and capable of hiking 8–12 miles in a day, with elevation gains up to 5000ft with a winter pack and snowshoes. Standard avi-gear (shovel, probe, and transceiver) is highly recommended. Hikes sometime involve deep snow, scrambling, exposure and wet trails. Be equipped and be responsible for your own safety.

The goal is to have 2 trips per month, usually on weekends. Most will be 1 night, some longer. Some will be rescheduled if the weather is too cloudy. Group sizes will usually be 3–6.

To attend, please sign the RELEASE OF LIABILITY ( https://winterbackpacking.com/release-of-liability.pdf) . Photograph it with your cell phone. Send a photo of Signed Release of Liability to info@winterbackpacking.com or 425-678-5252. A signed release of liability *cannot* be accepted at the trailhead or day of departure.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY

You must read and agree to this Release of Liability: I understand that during my participation in this Outing, I may be exposed to risks and hazards, foreseen or unforeseen, which are inherent and cannot be eliminated without diminishing the Outing. These inherent risks include, but are not limited to, the dangers of serious personal injury, property damage, and death (“Injuries and Damages”) from exposure to the hazards of travel, location, and weather. I agree that the Organizer has not tried to contradict or minimize my understanding of these risks. I know that Injuries and Damages can occur by natural causes or activities of other persons, animals, trip members, trip leaders or third parties, either as a result of negligence or because of other reasons. I understand that risks of such Injuries are involved in adventure travel such as this Outing and I accept that I must exercise extra care for my own person and for others around me in the face of such hazards. I understand that on this Outing there may not be rescue or medical facilities or expertise necessary to deal with the Injuries to which I may be exposed. To the fullest extent allowed by law, I agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY the Organizer from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from Injuries and Damages, even if caused by the negligence of the Organizer or other participants in any way connected with this Outing. I further agree to HOLD HARMLESS the Organizer from any claims, losses, Injuries and Damages caused by my own negligence while a participant on the Outing. I understand and intend that this assumption of risk and release is binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns. I have read the Outing description and this Release of Liability in its entirety and I freely and voluntarily assume all risks of such Injuries and notwithstanding such risks, I agree to participate in the Outing. I have read, I understand, and I agree to this Release of Liability.


Please Read the Discussion page for more information about this meetup group and gear requirements. Recommended reading: Avalanche Essentials: A Step-by-Step System for Safety and Survival Paperback by Bruce Tremper, Mountaineers Books.

Upcoming events (2)

Spider Gap Loop (3 days, 2 nights)

Eastgate Park and Ride

Spider Gap - Buck Creek Pass Loop (3 days, 2 nights) Trail length 39 miles, Roundtrip (This is a high reward, but long hike) (WTA has 44 miles which includes road distance between trailheads -- hopefully we can avoid that.) Elevation Gain: 7200 ft. The route is a loop. Starts early Friday – You need a day off work. Start at the Phelps Creek Trailhead —-> 1511 to Spider Gap,[masked] to Lyman Lakes,[masked], 1256 Hart and Lyman Lake trail to Cloudy Pass. 1256 to Little Pass to[masked] PCNST-Darrington to 789 Buck Creek Pass to 1513 Buck Creek, 1550 Chiwawa River. We may be able to situate cars to reduce the final forest road gap between the trailheads. https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=bd6c1ad8feb541e7952fc097273f926f https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2018-07-08.6314417709 https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/spider-gap-buck-creek-pass-loop --- Please join the wait list. Selection will take place closer to the actual date. Group size will be 3–6. Date may change. Discussion of options is welcomed. HOW TO SIGN UP Join the list and wait to be added. Only sign up if you really intend to be there. This trip will happen when there is sufficient snow and clear weather. Be sure to answer the RELEASE OF LIABILITY question in the prompt when you sign up. You must answer the question clearly to be added to list. RELEASE OF LIABILITY You must read and agree to this Release of Liability: I understand that during my participation in this Outing, I may be exposed to risks and hazards, foreseen or unforeseen, which are inherent and cannot be eliminated without diminishing the Outing. These inherent risks include, but are not limited to, the dangers of serious personal injury, property damage, and death (“Injuries and Damages”) from exposure to the hazards of travel, location, and weather. I agree that the Organizer has not tried to contradict or minimize my understanding of these risks. I know that Injuries and Damages can occur by natural causes or activities of other persons, animals, trip members, trip leaders or third parties, either as a result of negligence or because of other reasons. I understand that risks of such Injuries are involved in adventure travel such as this Outing and I accept that I must exercise extra care for my own person and for others around me in the face of such hazards. I understand that on this Outing there may not be rescue or medical facilities or expertise necessary to deal with the Injuries to which I may be exposed. To the fullest extent allowed by law, I agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY the Organizer from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from Injuries and Damages, even if caused by the negligence of the Organizer or other participants in any way connected with this Outing. I further agree to HOLD HARMLESS the Organizer from any claims, losses, Injuries and Damages caused by my own negligence while a participant on the Outing. I understand and intend that this assumption of risk and release is binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns. I have read the Outing description and this Release of Liability in its entirety and I freely and voluntarily assume all risks of such Injuries and notwithstanding such risks, I agree to participate in the Outing. I have read, I understand, and I agree to this Release of Liability. --- • What to bring You must have appropriate overnight cold-weather gear to attend. Microspikes or Crampons, gaiters and poles. Arrive self-sufficient at P&R. Have 10 essentials (http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html). NO cotton clothes. FOR GEAR REQUIREMENTS: CHECK THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW Have questions about gear? Use the comment section below to discuss gear and planning.

PCT-J (6 days - dates to be decided)

Eastgate Park and Ride

IGNORE the date. I'm posting this trip to open a discussion with members to see who is interested and what dates work best for those interested. PCT section J, 75 miles, 16,000ft elevation gain. 3-6 people (or 2 groups of 3-6 people, North and South bound) https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/pacific-crest-trail-section-j-snoqualmie-pass-to-stevens-pass-east HOW TO SIGN UP Join the list and wait to be added. Only sign up if you really intend to be there. This trip will happen when there is sufficient snow and clear weather. Be sure to answer the RELEASE OF LIABILITY question in the prompt when you sign up. You must answer the question clearly to be added to list. RELEASE OF LIABILITY You must read and agree to this Release of Liability: I understand that during my participation in this Outing, I may be exposed to risks and hazards, foreseen or unforeseen, which are inherent and cannot be eliminated without diminishing the Outing. These inherent risks include, but are not limited to, the dangers of serious personal injury, property damage, and death (“Injuries and Damages”) from exposure to the hazards of travel, location, and weather. I agree that the Organizer has not tried to contradict or minimize my understanding of these risks. I know that Injuries and Damages can occur by natural causes or activities of other persons, animals, trip members, trip leaders or third parties, either as a result of negligence or because of other reasons. I understand that risks of such Injuries are involved in adventure travel such as this Outing and I accept that I must exercise extra care for my own person and for others around me in the face of such hazards. I understand that on this Outing there may not be rescue or medical facilities or expertise necessary to deal with the Injuries to which I may be exposed. To the fullest extent allowed by law, I agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY the Organizer from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from Injuries and Damages, even if caused by the negligence of the Organizer or other participants in any way connected with this Outing. I further agree to HOLD HARMLESS the Organizer from any claims, losses, Injuries and Damages caused by my own negligence while a participant on the Outing. I understand and intend that this assumption of risk and release is binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns. I have read the Outing description and this Release of Liability in its entirety and I freely and voluntarily assume all risks of such Injuries and notwithstanding such risks, I agree to participate in the Outing. I have read, I understand, and I agree to this Release of Liability. • What to bring You must have appropriate gear to attend. Arrive self-sufficient at P&R. Have 10 essentials (http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html). NO cotton clothes. Bring micro-spikes, gaiters, and poles. FOR GEAR REQUIREMENTS: CHECK THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW Have questions about gear? Use the comment section below to discuss gear and planning.

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Whinnimic Falls & Summit Chief Lake (Overnight)

Eastgate Park and Ride

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