nordic ski tour - intro winter ski camping

Introductory ski camping trip in the western Uinta Mountains. This trip is meant for those with little or no winter camping experience, or those who have not been out in a while. We will head out into the mountains on Saturday morning and ski 5 miles, mostly on snowmobile-packed roads, to camp on the western flank of Iron Mine Mountain. Once at the campsite, we will discuss setting up a winter camp, then pitch tents and build a snow kitchen. With the rest of our afternoon we will do some beacon instruction/practice, discuss some winter camping strategies, and enjoy an afternoon in the mountains. Sunday morning, for those who are interested and conditions permitting, we can ski up to the summit of Iron Mine Mountain (~2 miles from camp). Afterwards we will break camp and ski back down to the trailhead. Although prior winter camping experience is not required, you must have some winter travel experience. Lightweight, metal edge, waxless nordic touring equipment will be most efficient for this trip, but AT/Tele and splitboarders are welcome (please note there are some significant flat spots on the route out). You will need to have or rent appropriate equipment to keep you warm and comfortable spending the night in the mountains where the lows may easily be around 0F or colder. We will not be traveling in high angle terrain so prior experience with avalanche equipment is not required, but you will need to bring a beacon, probe, and shovel. It is possible to rent much of this equipment. Please contact Glen for more trip details and to discuss gear.

Level:MOD
Miles:14.0
Vertical:2600'
Route:Out & Back
Pace:Slow
Organizer:Glen Mackey
Phone:540-529-4907
Date:Sat Dec 15 2012 — Sun Dec 16 2012
Meeting Place:Registration required