Alumni Trips 2015
Alumni trip leaders are currently working on the details of their trip offerings for the 2015 season, and we will be posting them here as they become available. Additional trips may be announced anytime throughout the snow camping season, so you should check back periodically. You are also encouraged to sign up for the Snow Camping News email list (no spam, we promise!) which will mail out announcements whenever new alumni trips are made available. Visit the Alumni FAQ section of the website to join the email list. Alumni snowcampers wishing to join a Training Series group as a returning alumni student are subject to approval of the group leader pending available space.
To see the prerequisites and policies for alumni trips, go to the top-level alumni page. To check availability and sign up for alumni trips, go to the application page. To contact a trip leader for more information, please use the question and feedback form.
Alumni Trips 2015 Overview
2015 Alumni Trips are now Open for Signup!!
|Trip||Space Available?||Date||Leaders||Sierra Club Member *|| Non-Member *
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|Lassen - Helen Lake|
|Lassen - Ridge Lakes|
|Mono Lake in Winter|
|Dogs Allowed - Forestdale Creek|
|YoYo‘ing at Carson Pass: backcountry skiing|
|Tahoe Rim Series - Diamond Peak|
|Classic Yosemite: Crocker Point |
(Waiting List Only- You may sign up, but do not pay until instructed)
Sign-ups should not pay until they have been contacted.
|Winter Photographers' Paradise|
Alumni Trip DetailsTo check availability and sign up, go to the application page. To contact a trip leader for more information, please use the question and feedback form.
Lassen - Helen LakeSki-camping trip. We'll ski 6.5 miles in to the foot of the volcano (Helen Lake) and set up camp. On the lay-over day we will climb Lassen Peak or visit Bumpass Hell. For strong intermediate to advanced skiers - need to be able to ski with pack for 14 miles roundtrip, using telemark, rando or light touring gear.
Difficulty: Strenuous Leaders: Jocelyne Sleckman & Dennis England Trip dates: January 17-19, 2015 Participant Limit: 7 Distance: 14 miles roundtrip, plus 3-4 miles on lay-over day Cost: $30, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: Friday departure, with lodging that night in Red Bluff. Carpool based transportation. Everyone needs to be able to stay out f APPLY NOW!
Lassen - Ridge LakesHere's your chance to spend President's Day Weekend (Saturday to Monday) around Ridge Lakes in Lassen National Park with a small group of snow campers (up to 10). We'll meet Saturday morning at the Southern Entrance of Lassen NP at 9:30 am packed and ready to hike. The first 0.9 miles is a gentle 200 feet elevation gain while the remaining 0.8 miles is a strenuous 1000 feet climb. On Sunday, we'll go for a day hike around Ridge Lakes or you may relax in camp. On Monday, we will leave after breakfast and tearing down our camp returning to the parking lot early enough for the 6 hour drive back to the Bay area. We may need to choose a location other than Ridge Lakes if the approach to Ridge Lakes is not safe. This will depend on weather and avalanche advisory. Same is true for the Sunday day hike. Lassen is a long drive from the Bay area hence driving up on Friday with an overnight stay in Red Bluff or closer in Mineral at the Mineral Lodge is highly recommended. Take 89 N from Hwy 36 to reach the southern entrance station. Toilets, food and water are available at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.
Difficulty: Difficult Leaders: Jamsheed Wania Trip dates: February 14-16, 2015 Participant Limit: 8 Distance: 1.8 miles 1200 foot elevation gain Cost: $30, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: $10 cash per car or a National Parks yearly pass required for entry. APPLY NOW!
Mono Lake in WinterExperience the tranquil beauty of Mono Lake in winter, enjoy spectacular views of the snow-covered Sierra skyline, and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the landmark State Water Board ruling that preserved Mono Lake. We will meet in Lee Vining early Friday night, and head out around the lake on Saturday, snowshoeing or skiing (if there is enough snow). We'll camp above the 1941 shoreline above the South Tufa area. On the lay-over day we'll head out around the lake to visit the warm springs (no bathing unfortunately) and enjoy views all around the Mono Basin. On Monday, we'll head out and home. This trip will requires a 6-hour drive to the Eastern Sierra on Friday, making this a 3.5-day trip including President's Day (Fri-Mon). We will stay in a motel in Bridgeport on Friday night, and drive the short distance to Mono Lake on Saturday morning, have breakfast there, and then set off around the lake.
Difficulty: Moderate Leaders: Roger Williams & Dennis England Trip dates: February 14-16, 2015 Participant Limit: 10 Distance: 4 miles out and back to camp; up to 10 miles (with daypacks) on layover day. Cost: $30, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: Travel either via Reno (I-80, Hwy 395) if snow is heavy or shorter route via Tahoe (Hwy 50 and 267) if roads are clear. APPLY NOW!
iGlooHave you imagined what it would be like to have an igloo as your shelter? Now that you're a bonafide snow camper, this is your chance to give it a try! During this 3-day trip, you will not only learn how to build an igloo, but also what we call a trench-gloo. Both are shelters built entirely of snow by use of a snow saw. You need not be a master craftsman to achieve this feat, but you must be willing and able to put your back into it. This is a labor of love, but well worth the satisfaction of seeing your masterpiece complete and then sleeping within it. We have a fun time while doing this, and celebrate our efforts with a big potluck dinner party afterwards. Probably location is Meiss Meadow, S Lake Tahoe.
Difficulty: Easy Leaders: Mark Johnson & Dennis England Trip dates: February 28-March 2, 2015 Participant Limit: 12 Distance: 4.5 miles R/T Cost: $30, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: Snow saws and shovels are mandatory equipment for each participant. We have a limited number of each for loan. APPLY NOW!
Dogs Allowed - Forestdale CreekLet's enjoy snowcamping in the company of our 4-legged friends! March 7: Hike in 2-3 mi, set up camp, optional afternoon hike or playing with the dogs near camp. March 8: Optional day hike before snowshoeing out. For Snowcamping alumni who enjoy the company of dogs. The good behavior, control, safety and well-being of each dog is the owner's responsibility. Please only bring your dogs if you are confident that they will: - be comfortable throughout the trip (including at night, after playing in wet snow all day) - get along with all the other people and dogs in the group - be on leash and/or reliable voice control
Difficulty: Moderate Leaders: Andrei Lita & Cynthia Knowles Trip dates: March 7-8, 2015 Participant Limit: 15 Distance: 4 miles 1200 foot elevation Cost: $30, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: To curb chaos trip will be limited to: 8 dogs, 15 people max. APPLY NOW!
YoYo‘ing at Carson Pass: backcountry skiingSki trip for alums or students who want to try skiing with a heavy pack on. On Saturday we'll ski a short distance (about 3 miles) in, over mellow terrain. For the rest of the day, we'll explore the surrounding slopes or build shelters and hang out at camp. On Sunday morning, we'll practice skiing, hitting the slopes between 10am and 12pm for the best corn. After lunch, we'll ski out. For experienced day skiers, but no need to have a high mileage of backcountry skiing experience. Equipment should be light touring gear (telemark type).
Difficulty: Moderate Leaders: Jocelyne Sleckman Trip dates: March 7-8, 2015 Participant Limit: 7 Distance: 6 miles (max) with a pack on. Cost: $30, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: APPLY NOW!
Tahoe Rim Series - Diamond PeakContinuing our series of trips around Lake Tahoe, this year we will head on an overnight trip above Diamond Peak. Enjoy an overnight trip on the north-eastern side of the lake, south of Mt Rose, with spectacular views across the lake and the surrounding mountains. We'll start at Tahoe Meadows and have a moderate ascent to Peak 9225, continuing along the ridge towards Diamond Peak depending on the conditions and group. We'll camp overnight in a sheltered spot below the ridge but above the more heavily-used meadows. Snowshoe or ski are OK. This is high country so chance of good snow even in a low year are high!
Difficulty: Difficult Leaders: Sanjay Reddy & Roger Williams Trip dates: March 14-15, 2015 Participant Limit: 9 Distance: 8 miles roundtrip. Cost: $30, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: We'll stay in a motel in the Kings Beach area on Friday night. APPLY NOW!
Classic Yosemite: Crocker PointWaiting List Only- You may sign up, but do not pay until instructed - This is a beautiful weekend trip in Yosemite National Park. Trip starts at Badger Pass Ski Area, at an elevation of approximately 7,200'. You will follow the Glacier Point Road initially, and then cut through trees following the winter ridge route to Dewey Point. The camp will be located either at Crocker Point, or Dewey Point just to the east, right on the rim above Yosemite Valley. From the camp there are spectacular views down into the Valley, 3500' below, and incredible winter views of El Capitan directly across the valley. Be sure to bring a map to help identify the plethora of surrounding peaks. Recommended pre-trip accommodation: Yosemite Bug Motel (Midpines on Hwy 140). Yosemite NP entrance fee required.
Difficulty: Easy Leaders: Rob Schuur Trip dates: March 21-22, 2015 Participant Limit: 13 Distance: 2-3 miles from Badger Pass to the Points. Undulating terrain with minimal gain (~100’) Cost: $30, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: 4-hour drive from Bay Area. Leave cars at Badger Pass ski area above Yosemite. APPLY NOW!
Winter Photographers' ParadiseThis year's location for stunning winter photography is still being determined. To give you a sense of what to expect from the experience, here's how last year's trip was described: "Half Dome, El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls and Cathedral Rocks - the gems of Yosemite Valley! Early Friday evening we’ll join other photographers at Horsetail Falls to capture the sun as it hits the waterfall and lights it on fire. The opportunity to capture this image happens once a year. No previous photography experience necessary. We will camp at Upper Pines campsite in the Valley."
Difficulty: Easy Leaders: Cynthia Knowles Trip dates: April 3-5, 2015 Participant Limit: 8 Distance: Day-1, ~5-miles / Day-2, ~5-mile Cost: $30, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: Any National Park entry fees and campsite costs will be divided among the group. APPLY NOW!