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Sierra Club Snowcamping Info Session at REI Berkeley

  • Nov 29, 2012 · 7:00 PM
  • REI

Join the Sierra Club Snowcamping Section at REI Berkeley for an info session on our 2013 snowcamping training series.

For those looking to get out more into the winter backcountry -- be it snowshoeing, skiing, riding, or just making super-rad snow angels -- come snowcamping this season with the Sierra Club Snowcamping Section!

Our section does an annual training program each season (40+ years now) to teach fun and essential snowcamping skills to keep yourself warm and dry while in the winter backcountry. Want to learn how to dig a snowcave? We do that. What about navigation skills to get yourself back to the car in a white-out? We do that too.

Led by a bunch of experienced volunteer leaders and assistant leaders, you’ll learn tons of skills on snowshoeing, cooking, constructing shelters, staying warm, and getting a great night sleep while out in the snow. Our training series consists of:

1. A day of orientation and classroom training on the various skills to use;
2. A two-day, one-night trip a few miles into the backcountry as a test-run to get familiar with your new skills and have some fun;
3. And then a three-day, two-night trip to polish those skills and have even more fun.

The classroom training is in Emeryville on January 12, 2013, and the trips occur January through March (depending on the group) and are driving distance either in the Sierra Nevada or Lassen.

When Paul Petzoldt, an American alpinist on the first American team to attempt K2 (and who later founded NOLS), was asked about climbing in the Himalaya and Karakoram, he replied: “It’s just camping.” He should’ve said “It’s just snowcamping!” Come and find out what it’s all about.

Check us out online -- -- where you can find our application. We’re also on Facebook ( and Twitter (

The early-bird application deadline is November 30, 2012 ($15 off the training fees!), or the final deadline is December 14, 2012. And feel free to e-mail if you have any questions. See you out there.

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