Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter Snowcamping Section - Training Application Info

2017 Snowcamping Application

Please review the posted policies and requirements for your selected trips (training series policies / alumni trip policies) before completing this application - these pages explain our fee structure, policies, trip dates, and generally what to expect. By submitting this application you are acknowledging that you have read the refund policy (training series refund policy and alumni trips refund policy).

Please answer all questions for each applicant, and submit a separate application for each participant. We strongly prefer you use our online application, but if this is an issue please contact us at

Please note: all applicants should have previous backpacking experience! - it's generally easier to pick up snowcamping when you are already versed in the gear and techniques of 3-season backpacking. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us about this at the above email address.

Payment may be made online using a credit card, Paypal account or by mailing us a check. Directions for payment will be provided upon submitting your application.

The following are the fees:

Trip Type Sierra Club Member Non-Member
(Join now to save!)
Training (early-bird)
(postmarked on or before 2016-11-30)
$130 $140
Training (normal)
(received by December 17, 2016)
$145 $155
Per child
(Family group only)
$20 $20
Per Youth
(Youth group only)
$50 $50
(except where noted on certain trips)
$35 per trip $35 per trip

A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information, please contact John (jsedlander[at] or Jodi (jdi_bly[at]

For the "Early Bird" enrollment, please make sure your payment is processed by PayPal or postmarked on or before 2016-11-30. You can pay using paypal (the instructions and amount will be on the next page) or by sending a check or money order payable to the Sierra Club Snowcamping Training Series to:

Snowcamping Training Series, C/O Molly Rose, 2600 Jones Rd #25, Walnut Creek, CA 94597.

Please indicate your category choice: Training Series Student (including new Family Group participants), or
Alumni Trips (including returning Training Series and Family Group participants)
First Name
Last Name
Home Phone: --
Work Phone: --
Cell Phone: --
How did you find us?
(Please let us know how you heard about us
If you select "Other" please fill in below)
Are you a Sierra Club Member?: Yes No (Join now to save on Snowcamping fees)
Sierra Club Member#: (REQUIRED if you entered "yes" above. If you just joined,
enter "new" and then email us your member # when you receive it)
Year completed the course: (Alumni only)
Who led the group: (Alumni only)
Would you be willing to drive? Yes No
Number of passengers you can take?
Emergency Contact Name:
Emergency Contact Number: --
Applying with: (Are you taking the course with a friend(s)
and wish to be in the same group? If yes, give
us their names. Students wanting to be in the same
group must submit their applications individually. Being
in the same group cannot be guaranteed.)
Sign me up for the Snow
Camping News email list!
Yes No This email list distributes only a few emails per season
(no spam!) aimed to keep you informed of relevant snow camping
related news and new Alumni* snow camping trip offerings. You
may self-unsubscribe at any time. (*Alumni trips are available
to those who have completed the Training program.)


Please indicate which group you would like to participate in by placing a "1" by your first choice and a "2" by your second choice, etc. Every effort will be made to place you in your desired group. Remember: to participate in the first trip, you must attend the orientation day on Saturday - January 7, 2017and to go on the second trip, you must complete the first trip. Due to weather conditions, some trips may be cancelled and rescheduled to the backup trip date. Please make your selections carefully. You must select a first and second choice (unless you are signing up for a youth group or an alumni trip) - If you do not submit a second choice, you may be placed in another group.

Family Group: all participants (including children) must attend the Orientation Day on January 7, 2017 to be eligible for Family trips. There will be a mandatory pack check for children's gear between the orientation and the first trip - this takes about one hour, and will be scheduled at or following the orientation.

Alumni snowcampers are no longer required to attend Orientation Day (January 7, 2017) unless specifically required by their trip leader. Note that Alumni (i.e., adults who have completed both Training Series trips) must get special permission from leaders to participate in Groups 1-7 or the Family and Youth Groups. Alumni costs for these groups are $50 ($60 for non-Sierra Club members), which covers both trips.

Training Series Trips

Choice Group Leaders 1st Trip 2nd Trip Backup Trip
Group 1
Chuck Courts - Lorrie Poch
Jan 21-22
Feb 18-20
Group 2
Jamsheed Wania
Cynthia Knowles
Feb 4-5
Mar 3-5
Mar 17-19
Group 3
Albert Pastine
Ron Cohen
Jan 21-22
Feb 11-13
Feb 25-27
Group 4
Kalle Hoffman
Robert Schuur
Hadrian Klinkner
Jan 21-22
Feb 18-20
Mar 4-6
Group 7
Eric Karasuda
Rob Postar
Jan 28-29
Feb 10-12
Feb 24-26
Jennifer Flattery
Mike Duret
Jan 21-22
Feb 18-20
Mar 11-12
Youth 1 (8-13)
Ed Traverso
Jan 28-29
Mar 17-19
Mar 24-26
Youth 2 (14-18)
John Sedlander
Jan 28-29
Mar 17-19
Mar 24-26
Waiting List - wait to pay

Alumni Trips

The following trips are available for sign-up right now...

Choice Trip Name Space? Leaders Date
Crocker Point (was Lassen Park)
Trip Completed
Jocelyn Sleckman
January 14-16, 2017
Tahoe: Armstrong Pass snowshoe
Trip Completed
Sanjay Reddy & Mike Bandrowski
February 4-5, 2017
Lake Helen, Lassen NP
Trip Completed
Jamsheed Wania
February 18-20, 2017
Tahoe: Ludlow Hut
Trip Completed
Roger Williams & Sanjay Reddy
February 25-26, 2017
Carson Pass-Meiss Lake ski trip
Trip Canceled
Jocelyn Sleckman & Mike Bandrowski
March 4-6, 2017
Sequoia National Park
Trip Completed
Rob Schuur & Ashley Wiseman
Mar 11-13, 2017
Igloos and other Snow Structures
Trip Completed
Mark Johnson, John Crawford, Dennis England
March 17-19, 2017
Yosemite: Dewey Point snowshoe
Trip Completed
Roger Williams & Rob Postar
March 18-19, 2017
Winter Photography Trip
Cynthia Knowles & Leslie Thomas
Mar 31-April 2, 2017


1. Do you have any physical or medical conditions that we should be aware of? Yes No
2. Do you have any allergies? Yes No
3. Are you on a special/restricted diet (including vegetarian)? Yes No
4. Are you currently under any medical treatment? Yes No
5. Are you currently taking any medications? Please list below. (for safety purposes only) Yes No
6. Have you ever experienced any cold weather or altitude-related problems? Yes No
If you answered yes to any of the questions, describe below.


Please describe what you are doing for the physical conditioning activities to prepare for taking the Snowcamping Training Series. Feel free to mail in additional pages with your application if necessary.


Remember - all applicants typically should have previous backpacking experience!

Please describe your backpacking and related outdoor experience, including all recent trips, dates, locations, length, and difficulty; if possible, refer to the grading system for knapsack and hiking sections in the Events and Activities section of Yodeler. Please also include any special training you have received (e.g., first aid, rescue, orienteering, mountaineering, snow camping, rock climbing, skiing, or any leadership experience), and briefly describe your reasons for wanting to participate in this series. For Family and Youth Group applications, please rememeber to fill out a separate application for each child, and to submit all related applications at the same time.