Alumni Trips 2020
Alumni trips for the 2020 winter season that are available for sign-up are listed on this page. 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 Chapter Calendar. To contact a trip leader for more information, please use the question and feedback form.
Alumni Trips 2020 Overview
The following trips are available for sign-up right now...
|Trip||Space Available?||Date||Leaders||Sierra Club Member *|| Non-Member *
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|Explore Mt Tallac Basin (South Lake Tahoe)|
|Lassen NP - Ridge Lakes|
|Lake Tahoe: Barker Pass|
|Yosemite: Dewey Point Snowshoe|
|50th Anniversary Trip - Ludlow Hut|
|Igloos and other Snow Saw Structures |
(TRIP FULL?!?.. Get on the wait list.. click 'Apply Now' below, then email trip leader.)
|Lassen NP - Lake Helen|
|Martis Peak - Winter Photography Lovers Paradise|
Alumni Trip DetailsTo check availability and sign up, go to the Chapter Calendar . To contact a trip leader for more information, please use the question and feedback form.
Explore Mt Tallac Basin (South Lake Tahoe)Explore Mt Tallac Basin (South Lake Tahoe): This trip explores Mt. Tallac drainage basin in the South Lake Tahoe Area. We will start the hike from Taylor Creek Sno-Park and head in a southwesterly direction along the ridge adjoining Fallen Leaf Lake. The steady climb will take us to Floating Island Lake, our destination for the day. We will set up camp/kitchen and spend the rest of the day exploring the area while enjoying views of Mt Tallac. As this is an early season trip, we will take the opportunity to practice our skills in winter navigation. Distance/Elevation: About 2.5 miles one way and 500 ft elevation gain to camp Participants must be Alumni of the SF Bay Chapter's Snowcamping Training Series.
Difficulty: Moderate Leaders: Sanjay Reddy, Mike Bandrowski Trip dates: February 9-10, 2019 Participant Limit: 8 Distance: 5 miles RT, Elev. Gain/Loss +500 Cost: $35, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: APPLY NOW!
Lassen NP - Ridge LakesApplication accepted via https://www.sierraclub.org/san-francisco-bay/activities Here'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. We'll hike in from 6700 feet to 8000 feet (a 1300 feet elevation gain) over a distance of 1.9 miles. The first 0.9 miles is a gentle 200 feet elevation gain while the remaining 1.0 mile is a strenuous 1000 feet climb.. On Sunday, we'll do a day hike or you may relax in camp. On Monday, we'll 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. Although the hike in distance is not a lot, this is still a *moderately strenuous* trip due to the steep elevation gain. To be considered for this trip, please provide recent backpacking & hiking details, work out regiment and fitness level. We may need to choose a location other than Ridge Lakes depending on snow conditions, weather and avalanche advisory. Same is true for the Sunday day hike. LOGISTICS: Lassen is a long drive from the Bay area, hence driving up on Friday with an overnight stay in Red Bluff or closer at St. Bernard Lodge, Mill Creek 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, but there is no cell phone service. St Bernard Lodge is at 44801 Highway 36E, Mill Creek, CA 96061 Tel: (530)-258-3382 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.stbernardlodge.com.
Difficulty: Strenuous Leaders: Jamsheed Wania & Mike Bandrowski Trip dates: February 16-18, 2019 Participant Limit: 8 Distance: 1.9 miles 1300 feet elevation gain Cost: $35, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: $10 cash per car or a National Parks yearly pass required for entry. APPLY NOW!
Lake Tahoe: Barker PassTahoe Snowcamp: Barker Pass This trip offers great views of Twin Peaks and the Barker Pass Area, along with Lake Tahoe to the East. The hike starts from the Blackwood Canyon Sno-Park and follows Blackwood Creek towards Barker Pass. We will hike about 6 miles to our campsite, set up camp/kitchen and then proceed towards Barker Pass. The hike from camp to Barker Pass is a steep ascent and will only be attempted under favorable weather conditions. Distance/Elevation: about 12 miles round-trip way and 1200 ft elevation gain. In the event of a strong storm or very high snowfall, this trip may need to be re-located to a less exposed location. Participants must be Alumni of the SF Bay Chapter's Snowcamping Training Series.
Difficulty: Strenuous Leaders: Sanjay Reddy, Roger Williams Trip dates: March 9-10, 2019 Participant Limit: 8 Distance: 12 miles RT, Elev. Gain/Loss +1200 Cost: $35, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: APPLY NOW!
Yosemite: Dewey Point SnowshoeApplication accepted via https://www.sierraclub.org/san-francisco-bay/activities Enjoy a beautiful one-night, two-day trip in Yosemite National Park. This is a relatively easy trip - also ideal for new alumni of this year's Training Series who just can't get enough snowcamping! We will begin our trip starting at Badger Pass ski area with an elevation of approximately 7,200 ft. Our trip outward will take us over a trail for 3-4 miles to Dewey Point. Our camp will be located at Dewey Point. From our camp site, we will have remarkable views of Yosemite Valley 3500 ft. below, including incredible winter views of El Capitan and surrounding mountains. Be sure to bring a map to help identify the plethora of surrounding peaks. Group will aim to stay Friday night just outside the park so we can start out early on Saturday. Entrance fee to Yosemite National Park is not covered by trip fee.
Difficulty: Moderate Leaders: Mike Bandrowski and Danielle Henkel Trip dates: March 9-10, 2019 Participant Limit: 12 Distance: 3.5 miles each way; small elevation change Cost: $35, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: Trip fee must be paid at signup via Paypal for your application to be considered. APPLY NOW!
50th Anniversary Trip - Ludlow HutCome to Ludlow Hut for a fun filled weekend as we honor the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the section. What started as a group dedicated to day snowshoe outings turned into the overnight snow camping section you see today. It is a 5.2 mile hike through open forest to the cozy hut, which was built in 1955, where we will avail ourselves of the two wood burning stoves and the sleeping loft to stay the night in style. As we will not be digging snow shelters, we expect to keep a moderate pace on the hike with 1100 feet of elevation gain along the McKinney-Rubicon trail. Weather conditions permitting, we may do a short hike behind the hut for a Lake Tahoe view before we depart on Sunday. Please join us to celebrate the winter season! Cost is $50.
Difficulty: Moderate Leaders: Robert Schuur and Molly Rose Trip dates: March 16-17, 2019 Participant Limit: 15 Distance: 5.2 miles each way, with elevation change of 1,100. Cost: $35, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: Trip cost is $50, payed through PayPal APPLY NOW!
Igloos and other Snow Saw StructuresTRIP FULL?!?.. Get on the wait list.. click 'Apply Now' below, then email trip leader. - The two most iconic symbols we associate with snow are probably the snowman and the igloo. As a snow camper, it's a safe bet that you've already long ago logged snowman construction into your list of accomplishments... but how about building an igloo? That one's a bit more challenging!
Whether you relish the idea of being an accomplished snow shelter builder for all of your snow camping, or even if it's a bucket-list challenge that you'd like to do just once , this 3-day outing will help you to your goal!
This outing focuses on the use of a snow saw and shovel to cut and shape blocks of snow from which you will build a shelter. Although an igloo is the most iconic block-built structure, we will also teach you to construct what we call the trench-gloo. The trench-gloo is a faster and easier snow structure which uses a basic snow trench, but instead of a floppy tarp roof, you'll have a solid weather-proof roof built of snow blocks.
You do not need to be a master craftsman to do this, 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 completed and then sleeping within it while looking up admiring the beautiful pattern of light and structure created by your snow blocks.
Although it's a lot of work, we all have a fun time while doing this, and we celebrate our efforts with a potluck style dinner party afterwards.
Location-wise, we plan to visit an area near Forestdale Creek for this trip, although other nearby Carson Pass destinations will be considered depending on snow conditions, weather and other factors at the time of the outing.
Difficulty: Moderate Leaders: Mark Johnson Trip dates: March 15 - 17, 2019 Participant Limit: 16 Distance: 3 miles R/T Cost: $35, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: Snow saws and shovels are mandatory equipment for EACH participant. We have a limited number of each, first-come first-serve. APPLY NOW!
Lassen NP - Lake HelenThis is a two night trip. We'll meet Saturday morning at the Southern Entrance of Lassen NP at 9:30 am packed and ready to hike. We'll hike in from 6700 feet to 8169 feet in roughly 6.5 miles. On Sunday, we'll do a day hike or you may relax in camp. On Monday, we'll 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. This is a *strenuous* trip. To be considered for this trip, please provide recent backpacking trip & hiking details, work out regiment and fitness level. We may need to choose a location other than Lake Helen if the snow on the route to the lake is not consolidated as trail breaking for 6 plus miles would be too strenuous. Location will also depend on weather and avalanche advisory. Same is true for the Sunday day hike.
Difficulty: Strenuous Leaders: Robert Schuur and Molly Rose Trip dates: March 23-25, 2019 Participant Limit: 8 Distance: TBA Cost: $35, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: TBA APPLY NOW!
Martis Peak - Winter Photography Lovers ParadiseJoin us for a two night photography adventure in the Martis Peak area, north of Lake Tahoe. We'll take the time to experiment and practice shooting snow landscapes and the peaks overlooking Tahoe. All camera types welcome, including phone cameras. Our route begins at Brockway Summit Trail head at 7200 feet along the Tahoe Rim Trail, and within 1.5 miles Lake Tahoe is in view. We'll camp about 2.5 miles along the trail to Martis Peak and make time for sunset shots. On Saturday a steady 2.5 mile (approx) climb will take us to the lookout tower and Martis Peak, to enjoy breathtaking panoramic vistas. You also have the option to relax at camp and explore exceptional lake views. The return hike to camp is 4.5 miles. Late afternoon hikes on Friday and Saturday will emphasize shooting during the golden hours. If we're treated to a starry sky, we'll shoot at twilight and into the night. Night photography will not disappoint. Brockway Summit trail head is accessible from Hwy 267, 9.2 miles from Truckee.
Difficulty: Moderate Leaders: Cynthia Knowles & Jocelyne Sleckman Trip dates: April 19-21, 2019 Participant Limit: 10 Distance: 9 miles round trip, 1500 elevation gain/loss Cost: $35, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: Option to meet the group at the trailhead on Friday morning or stay in the Tahoe area on Thursday night. APPLY NOW!