Aug 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm #1238444
Ok kids, how many of you are down for a little snow fun this winter. Thinking about Glacier Point Rd. to Dewey Point and Peter Grub Hut near Tahoe this winter. Time for us to hone our winter skills and have some fun. Who would be interested????Aug 10, 2009 at 6:20 pm #1519933
David W.BPL Member
@davidpcvsamoaLocale: East Bay, CA
I'll go on the record early and state that I am in. I have never been to Peter Grub Hut and it sounds like a great time. Dewey Point is incredible in the winter. It seems like a popular spot for snow camping for good reason.
Dewey Point March 2009Aug 10, 2009 at 9:34 pm #1519983
@rezniemLocale: San Francisco
Never been snow camping, so would love to join (and learn!). I'll have to shell out some dough for new gear I expect, but that's all part of the fun.
Also, I cannot make it to the late summer thread due to work/previous plans…but wish I could join and hope you guys have fun!Aug 11, 2009 at 12:56 pm #1520109
Tony WongBPL Member
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Great spot, I have been there before.
I would be interested in going, pending on family and work schedule.
I was there a few years ago with the Sierra Club, learning how to camp in the snow.
As a matter of safety, should there be an limitation on who can go based on level of experience?
I myself only have done the training class with two trips, so I am hardly qualified to lead a group and just have the basics of snow camping.
Anyway, here is a link to a photo essay of that trip and area.
Amazing views of the Valley….when I was there, the Boyscouts were using the area for building snow shelters/caves.
-TonyAug 11, 2009 at 12:58 pm #1520111
Jeremy PendreyBPL Member
Ken: I would love to go. I'll watch the thread as winter approaches.Aug 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm #1520175
great guys! Dewey Point is a great hike and only 3 miles or so. I have winter camping experience and I am sure a few others will too. I think a cap would be a good idea. Most likely in Jan.-Feb. area. Long time away, just putting it out thereAug 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm #1520180
Rene de bosMember
@piemelLocale: SF Bay Area
I might be interested pending schedules
No experience really to speak off so understand if that disqualifies meAug 11, 2009 at 5:20 pm #1520183
no it does not disqualify you. You have to learn somehow. Just keep your eyes posted for thisAug 13, 2009 at 5:28 pm #1520701
Depending on the schedule, I'd love to finally meet up with you guys. Seems I'm out at Dewey 2-3x a season for an over-nighter with Josh of late.
Don't worry about experience, not at all, this is the perfect place to get your feet wet(LOL), with an easy exit 4-5mi away if your feet really do get wet. Pack warm and dry, and, barring a storm , it'll be easy as car camping.
Hey Ken, I've been try to track your Sept Bay Area trip plan, when and where is that?
-MichaelAug 13, 2009 at 6:54 pm #1520736
Micheal, Sept. is still up in the air. Not sure yet, it could be the third weekend of Sept. and it will be I'm guessing Dardanelle Lake off of Hwy 89. If you were coming from down south, you'd take 395 to 88 to 89. It probably would be a 6-7 hour driveAug 14, 2009 at 4:04 am #1520809
@mpopovLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
It was a lot of fun on the last trip to Dewey Point. Dumped 9 feet of snow overnight. Count me in anytime! But I could use a ride from Bay Area.Aug 14, 2009 at 11:34 pm #1521045
Hey Ken sounds fun. Never done any thing like this before, always wanted to though. Let me know what other kind of gear I might need. Still up for the trip in Sept so far. JackAug 24, 2009 at 8:32 pm #1522830
David W.BPL Member
@davidpcvsamoaLocale: East Bay, CA
Here is a great site I came across with many of the Winter Huts in the Sierras:
Sierra Ski Huts
To many places to visit!Sep 14, 2009 at 4:29 pm #1527582
scott NelsonBPL Member
I come from the land down South of the Tehachapies, but I hope you won't hold it against me. I would love to join you guys on a Dewey Point trip. I've got a fair ammount of snowcamping experience and gear (snowshoes, tent) to share. Scott NelsonSep 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm #1527604
Scott you are more than welcome to come!! These are open for anyone. Love your avatar pic!Sep 28, 2009 at 8:26 pm #1531348
Lets go snow camping, lets go snow camping. Hey Ken I have a good bag and clothes but no 4 season tent or snow shoes. Will my Six Moons Lunar Solo do it? or I also have a Eureka Spitfire Solo. I'm also looking for a light down jacket any sugestions. Thanks JackSep 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm #1531378
If previous Winter plans were an example of this trip, no one is going to brave any threat of weather.
With solid weather reports, I've gone with just a bivy on multiple Winter snow trips. Granted, I also went with just a bivy and a tarp and got dumped on, but we sorta ignored the storm warnings. I bet your Lunar Solo would be fine. If there is snow, you'll brush it off through the night as needed. Probably get a lot of condensation. It's just one night out, though.
You can rent snow shoes at Badger Pass, the portal to Dewey. But they suck. Some good MSR Denali snowshoes can be rented at REI or A16. If that's unavailable to you, maybe someone can pick em up and get reimbursed.
Temps probably won't drop below 15F, and will most likely be somewhere between there and 26F. Unless you generally run cold, you can get by with a lot less than a big puffy arctic jacket. Here, I'll prep a gear guide to put some of this in perspective.
-MichaelSep 29, 2009 at 12:05 am #1531386
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
I likely won't be there. I think I'm skipping winter and heading to south america :)Sep 29, 2009 at 11:27 am #1531453
Anthony WestonBPL Member
@anthonywestonLocale: Southern CA
I missed Dewey Point last year but managed to go a few times to Mount Gorgonio last winter. Count me in if you go in January or February.Sep 29, 2009 at 6:24 pm #1531596
Jeremy PendreyBPL Member
Jack, you seem to be livin the life, more power to ya.
Enjoy South America. We expect progress reports.Oct 12, 2009 at 11:21 pm #1535808
I'm up for any thing this winter! Getting a bunch of new gear and can't wait to use it. I'm all in!!! JackOct 13, 2009 at 3:43 pm #1535997
Morgan RucksBPL Member
I'm in, i love snow camping, i went to oastrader ski hut last year. let me know the dates.Oct 19, 2009 at 11:19 am #1537731
@ecollyerLocale: East Bay Area
I would love to go snow camping with a larger group. I am confused if most people would want to huts or actual winter camping, in snow caves or quinzees. I am new to this site but have done quite a bit of winter camping. Do most people plan on using snow shoes, telemark skis, unsure?
There are endless possibilities in the Sierras, outside of Yosemite, where we can bring dogs.Oct 25, 2009 at 1:33 pm #1539538
Ethan A.BPL Member
@mountainwalkerLocale: SF Bay Area & New England
Hi Ken, please count me and possibly my wife in depending on timing. We're winter and 3 season equipped, but don't have crampons or our own backcountry skis and avalanche gear yet other than shovels – for winter, we've got snowshoes, Hilleberg Allak tent, insulated boots, proper clothing layers, etc. Also finishing replacing our bags with quilts or other bags (sold our old bags before moving to Palo Alto last year), but should make our choices soon.
We snowshoe backpacked in Bear Valley at Alpine Lake last January with the Sierra Club. Was a good skills builder and gear testing ground. Did lots of winter snowshoeing and skiing before that in much colder temps in N Vermont and Lake Placid, NY.
For carpooling, we have an AWD Subaru Outback H6 3L with Thule 17 cu. ft box which is more than enough room for us to take another 2-3 adults with their gear.Oct 25, 2009 at 9:29 pm #1539698
Joshua BillingsBPL Member
@joshuaLocale: Santa Cruz,Ca
I'm up for this trip also Ken.
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