Summary

Spend the weekend with Cascade Mountain Adventures on the side of Mt. Rainier. Learn how to enjoy winter snow camping adventure trips in a safe and supportive environment while expanding your wilderness adventure calendar into all four seasons. This is also a great opportunity to train for your mountaineering dreams!


Rating: Beginner - Intermediate

 

Group Size: 4

 

Duration: One Night Overnight

 

Price: $425 /per person


Introduction

Experience the breathtaking beauty and serenity of Mt. Rainier in winter. You will spend a night camping on the snow in Mt. Rainier National Park. You will learn about winter trip planning, safety considerations, gear requirements, risk evaluation, and so much more.

You will also enjoy stunning views and an up close and personal experience with the incredible Mt. Rainier. There is truly nothing like first light on the Mountain. Our goal is to to make you a safe, independent, and confident winter snow camper.

 

Prerequisites

  • No Previous Experience Required - Some Backpacking Experience Encouraged

  • Able to Walk 4-6 Miles Over Varied Terrain

  • Sense of Adventure - You've Got This!



Many tents on snow with glowing lights under the stars.

Why Join Us

This trip is designed for adventurous women looking for a unique outdoor experience. We firmly believe that women leave winter snow camping weekends stronger, more confident, and with a deep sense of accomplishment. You can do this! 

Winter snow camping is an incredible opportunity to experience a familiar wilderness environment in an entirely new way. Learn and practice the skills to plan, prepare for, and safely enjoy your own winter snow camping adventures. Our objectives include learning about important winter safety considerations, selecting winter overnight destinations, predicting and planning for current conditions, establishing a winter campsite, effective layer management, essential winter self-care skills, and winter specific Leave No Trace considerations.

The Cascade Mountain Adventures team has years of experience in leading safe and successful winter snow camping adventure classes.. An overnight snow camping adventure trip with Cascade Mountain Adventures will expand your year-round backpacking and camping confidence in a safe and supportive environment. Join us to learn how to safely, confidently, and joyfully enjoy overnight wilderness camping year round. (and get you closer to those mountaineering dreams!) You will be in great hands with an experienced team with years of mountaineering and snow travel experience.

Winter specific overnight gear - tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads - will be provided for this event. This is a supportive first-time winter snow camping experience and led at an easy recreational pace.

Included

  • Supportive Expert Instruction

  • Winter Overnight Camping Gear (Backpack, Tent, Bag, Pad)

  • Small Group Size

  • Beginner Oriented Pace

  • Wilderness First Responder Certified Leader

  • Emergency Communication Gear

 

Not Included

  • Required Personal Clothing & Gear (Gear List)

  • Personal Snacks - Dinner & Breakfast Provided

  • Personal Hygiene / Self-Care Items

  • Transportation To/From the Trailhead

  • Mt. Rainier National Park Entry Fees

Snow covered mountain at sunrise against a blue sky

Itinerary

You will meet in Mt. Rainier National Park, get to know your group, and prepare to head to your overnight campsite location. Your leader will review your itinerary, a map of the area, expected destination(s), trail conditions, and the essentials of winter wilderness preparedness. The winter specific Leave No Trace wilderness ethics will also be reviewed prior to departure.

  • Day One

Your leader will review winter safety considerations, layer management, self-care considerations, risk assessment, on-snow campsite selection and setup, and winter wildlife safety. Your group will setup camp, establish group areas, and review winter wildlife safety techniques.

You will then enjoy a short hike - 3 miles roundtrip -  to your campsite. A clear day allows for views of the incredible Mt. Rainier up close and personal and south to Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and beyond.

Your hike will conclude in plenty of time to return to your campsite before sunset and a filling group dinner before turning in for the night. Your leader will review essential skills for staying warm and comfortable in below freezing on-snow conditions overnight. Trust us - it's possible! A clear night will also allow for incredible stargazing before tucking in to your warm sleeping bag. You will be sharing a tent with another amazing woman and new friend. 

  • Day Two

Your second day on mountain will begin at sunrise to enjoy first light on Mt. Rainier and surrounding area. Your leader will then prepare a group breakfast and lead your group in breaking down and packing out your campsite.

Your adventure class will end with hot coffee and a team debrief in the Visitor's Center after the team has safely returned to the trailhead. We will review the adventure, lessons learned along the way, and answer any remaining questions you might have. 

 

Registration Fee

$425 /per Participant

Questions?

See our Frequently Asked Questions or Contact Us. Please also review our Cancellation Policy before registering for an event.



Upcoming Events

Dates to be Released in August 2019. In the meantime, how about joining us for another Adventure on the event Calendar?