Alumni Trips 2017
Alumni trips for the 2017 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 application page. To contact a trip leader for more information, please use the question and feedback form.
Alumni Trips 2017 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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|Crocker Point (was Lassen Park)|
|Tahoe: Armstrong Pass snowshoe|
|Lake Helen, Lassen NP|
|Tahoe: Ludlow Hut|
|Carson Pass-Meiss Lake ski trip|
|Sequoia National Park|
|Igloos and other Snow Structures|
|Yosemite: Dewey Point snowshoe|
|Winter Photography Trip|
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.
Crocker Point (was Lassen Park)A destination trip! We’ll go as far as the group wants to go - Ridge Lake, Helen Lake, or somewhere in between. Lay over day to climb the closest peak.
DIFFICULTY: Strong intermediate to advanced skier- snow shoer, able to carry pack on 6 miles or so.
LOGISTICS: Friday night departure. Carpool based transportation + lodging in Red Bluff. All need to be able to stay out 3 full days. (Monday, Jan 16 is the Martin Luther King holiday,) Due to the distance to cover to get to camp, plan on quick shelters or tents. BYO breakfast and lunch. Potluck dinners. Heavy snowfall/storm/rain cancel. We need a co leader on snowshoes.
Difficulty: Difficult Leaders: Jocelyn Sleckman Trip dates: January 14-16, 2017 Participant Limit: 10 Distance: 7 miles to campsite, plus 3-4 miles on layover day 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!
Tahoe: Armstrong Pass snowshoeThis is a pleasant hike along a graded road that lead to Armstrong Pass/Horse Meadow area. The campsite has great views of Freel Peak, highest mountain in the Tahoe Basin. The trail is fairly easy to locate with occasional sections requiring route finding skills. The Freel Peak quadrangle is required for this trip. This trip is 8 mile RT with a 1,000 ft elevation gain.
For those interested in snow shelters, we are going to work on building one or more quinzees on this trip. For those not familiar with a quinzee, you pile up a large mound of snow and after letting it settle, you dig a doorway and then hollow it out from the inside, leaving thick walls for support and insulation. You build a sleeping bench to be off of the ground and can add a few niches for candles or other lights. It will be a windproof, insulated shelter for two or more people.
Difficulty: Moderate Leaders: Sanjay Reddy & Mike Bandrowski Trip dates: February 4-5, 2017 Participant Limit: 8 Distance: 4 miles each way, with a 1,000 ft elevation gain/loss 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!
Lake Helen, Lassen NPHere's your chance to spend President's Day Weekend (Saturday to Monday) around Lake Helen 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 8169 feet in roughly 6.5 miles. On Sunday, we'll do a day hike to Ski Heil Peak 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.
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; phone 530-258-3382; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.stbernardlodge.com.
Difficulty: Strenuous Leaders: Jamsheed Wania Trip dates: February 18-20, 2017 Participant Limit: 8 Distance: 6.5 miles 1500 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!
Tahoe: Ludlow HutOur destination is the Sierra Club’s most remote hut. Ludlow Hut is inland from Meeks Bay on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. The hut is near Richardson Lake, 5.5 miles from the trailhead, with a gradual elevation rise of 1,100’ up the McKinney Creek drainage. Similar to the Club’s other huts, Ludlow has a main room with wood-burning stove, tables and kitchen area, upstairs sleeping loft, and outhouse. We will arrange a pot-luck dinner for Saturday night. This is a 2-day, overnight weekend trip.
DIFFICULTY: While the trail is not difficult and we will have shelter for the evening, the trip is rated as difficult due to the distance involved.
PARTICIPANTS: There will be 9 participants, including the 2 leaders. The will be a similar number of other people staying at the hut, apart from our group.
COSTS: The base alumni trip cost is $35 payable when you register. This trip has an ADDITIONAL hut fee of $20, payable to the leader after registration.
SIGNUP: Sign up online to register for the trip. Once Roger receives your registration, he will email you with options to pay the hut fee directly to him. You do not have a confirmed place on the trip until he receives your hut payment.
CANCELLATIONS: Up to 30 days before the trip you can cancel and get a refund of $20 of the hut cost, and have your alumni trip cost applied to a future trip. After that there will be no refunds of the hut cost.
Difficulty: Difficult Leaders: Roger Williams & Sanjay Reddy Trip dates: February 25-26, 2017 Participant Limit: 7 Distance: 5.5 miles each way, with elevation change of 1,100’ Cost: $35, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: Trip fee must be paid at signup via Paypal.
Additional fee of $20 for the hut, per description.
Carson Pass-Meiss Lake ski tripThis is an in and out of Carson Pass ski trip going north along the Truckee River, where campsites will be established. Short ski runs abound right around Meiss Lake. Layover day will be spent touring.
DIFFICULTY: The leaders will discuss with each participant signing up their experience in skiing with a pack and the type of ski gear to take.
LOGISTICS: Carpool from Bay area. Saturday morning departure from Bay area or stay in a hotel at South Lake on Friday night. Snow Park permit required. BYO breakfast and lunch. Group dinners organized prior to departure.
Difficulty: Moderate Leaders: Jocelyn Sleckman & Mike Bandrowski Trip dates: March 4-6, 2017 Participant Limit: 8 Distance: 3 miles each way, day tour could be up to 6 miles 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!
Sequoia National ParkCome be awed with us as we visit the largest living things on earth! Our journey takes us on a humble path among the giant trees of Sequoia National Park. Our trail head is Wolverton and our destination is Panther Meadow. Experience the quiet of a forest that has stood for more than 2,000 years and stands as a tribute to wilderness preservation in our country. We will snowshoe or ski on a 8 mile round trip hike with a layover day in the middle. A climb of a nearby peak is a possibility in good weather and we will have plenty of time to linger in the forest. Please join us with a sense of adventure.
Difficulty: Moderate Leaders: Rob Schuur & Ashley Wiseman Trip dates: Mar 11-13, 2017 Participant Limit: 8 Distance: 8 miles out and back, with layover day hike 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!
Igloos and other Snow StructuresThe snowman and the igloo are probably the two earliest formed and most iconic symbols we associate with snow. 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?
Whether that's a challenge that you'd like to do just once to add to your list of accomplishments or if you relish the idea of being an accomplished snow shelter builder, 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. An igloo is the most iconic block-built structure, but we will also teach you about what we call the trench-gloo. The trench-gloo is a faster and easier snow structure which uses the basic trench shelter, but instead of a tarp roof, you'll have a snow roof.
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 sleeping within it. You may decide to join this trip even if just want to watch and learn without actually constructing your own shelter.
Although it's a lot of work, we have a fun time while doing this, and we celebrate our efforts with a big potluck dinner party afterwards.
Snow saws and shovels are mandatory equipment for EACH participant. We have a limited number of each for loan on first-come, first-served.
Location-wise, we are planning to visit an area near Forestdale Creek for this trip, although other nearby Carson Pass destinations will be considered depending on snow conditions and/or other factors at the time of the outing.
Difficulty: Moderate Leaders: Mark Johnson, John Crawford, Dennis England Trip dates: March 17-19, 2017 Participant Limit: 12 Distance: 2 miles each way Cost: $35, $35 (non-Sierra Club members) Notes: Trip Full...Waiting List only. Apply to get on the waiting list, but do not pay until you have been contacted. APPLY NOW!
Yosemite: Dewey Point snowshoeThis is 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 with an elevation of approximately 7,200\\\'. 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\\\' 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: Roger Williams & Rob Postar Trip dates: March 18-19, 2017 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!
Winter Photography TripOur destination for a snowshoe and camping trip focused on winter photography will be the Tahoe area - exact location tbd.
No previous photography experience necessary but bring your tripod if you have one!
Difficulty: Easy Leaders: Cynthia Knowles & Leslie Thomas Trip dates: Mar 31-April 2, 2017 Participant Limit: 8 Distance: Moderate distances, with focus on time for photography. 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!