This is an excellent beginner trip! If you can walk you can snowshoe, and if you can do a full day hike, you'll have no problem on this trip. This day trip will include basic information on snowshoeing and winter wilderness travel as we traverse along the Sierra crest. We'll choose one of several locations for the day trip based on group experience, weather, and day of the week.
Here's what you need to know...
Who Can Come? There is no minimum age for the trip, but all participants should be well-prepared and capable of hiking several miles at 7000' altitude. This means several hours of sustained physical activity. Minimum age for a minor without guardian present is 16.
Don't hesitate to call us if you have any questions, and if you are not sure about your health, please consult your physician.
Where Do We Meet? 5:00 AM, Park 'n Ride at Camden Avenue and Highway 85. Carpooling is encouraged, but please be prepared to drive your own vehicle, and come prepared for winter road travel. Items you may need include chains or cables--we can help you put them on.
What's the Hike Like? You'll be lead by professional outdoor guides in a fantastic setting! We'll shoot for a few miles of hiking, but the focus of the trip will be instruction and enjoying the winter landscape.
We will choose a trail and a park that is suitable based on current conditions and the general ability level of the group.
What Should I Expect from My Guides? You'll be traveling with professional guides who are certified in CPR and Wilderness First Responder (advanced first aid). We carry maps, emergency gear, and other necessary equipment. On the Intro to Snowshoe trip we'll be talking about:
Natural History of the Sierras
Local information (including the best restaurants and breweries!)
How to put on, adjust, and walk in snowshoes.
How to stay safe and comfortable while hiking in winter: clothing, equipment, food choices, first aid, going to the bathroom and more.
Leave No Trace ethics for winter travel
South Bay Trekking Company will provide: Snowshoes, poles, parking permits, guides certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR, basic snowshoe instruction, navigation equipment, lunches and snacks, and first aid and emergency equipment
What You Should Bring:
Waterproof boots suitable for the snow
Warm, layered clothing (NO COTTON). Example: Synthethic long underwear top and bottom and a thick fleece jacket. The colder you tend to get the more layers you should bring.
Waterproof outer shell jacket and pants
Warm socks good for skiing (NO COTTON)
Hat (warm hat for the AM and brimmed for the PM works well)
Wool or fleece gloves
Daypack that will hold all of your belongings including clothing as you shed layers