You read that correctly. Some of us love winter nights and want to spend it nestled in our sleeping bags under starry skies (or whatever conditions we find). A few of us are committing to backpack and snowshoe to a safe destination to camp for the night.
We are planning for at least a two hour hike up via snowshoes. We are leaving at about 6:30 in case anyone working that day wants to join us. Also, we are planning on each bringing our own, already made/bought dinner up, to be eaten at a rest stop along the way (or before if you are hungry early on), then setting up camp, heating water for hot chocolate, tea, or instant soup and enjoying some light snacks. We will probably hit the sack early since we will probably be warmest doing so. The next morning we will rise and try to shine and head back, patting ourselves on the back that we made it through the night.
Where? See Bill's description in the comments below. Understand that we are not going up to Twin Peaks (yikes! not me), but we are hiking the trail leading up that direction, camping in the meadow. The hike should be long enough to have us huffing and puffing and well warmed up. As far as meeting up below the trailhead, I'm not sure. As I remember, the Park n Ride does not allow overnight parking. We may want to find a spot in one of the neighborhoods for ride sharing.
You will need: snowshoes, backpack, zero degree or warmer sleeping bag, tent (preferably for colder conditions), plenty of layers for your feet up to your head (I'm thinking of getting a full face mask to sleep in), water in bottles, tp, your dinner, snacks, and an adventurous attitude. Look in to what else you may need.
This is a go at your own risk event. Those of us leading it are no experts on winter camping; we just want to do it and are inviting you to join us in this likely beautiful moonlit adventure.
What to Bring: Here's a list to work from. Again, we are going just one night and we probably won't cook full meals, just warm drinks and coffee/tea/hot chocolate in the morning. So, cooking gear won't be very necessary and I think we can share bringing some of the other items.
From Backpacker Magazine: http://www.backpacker.com/fall-gear-guide-09-winter-camping-winter-checklist/skills/13476