Snow Camping

Mountaineers' Snoqualmie Pass Campus

JANUARY 24 - 25, 2009  A Mountaineers backpack trip.  Although I've backpacked in cold weather before, this was my first real experience camping in winter conditions.  We hiked in about 1/2 mile and chose a snow filled meadow for our campsite.  After setting up our tents, we created a kitchen area and dug a snow shelter, then headed out at dusk for a hike up the short but steep hill to the top of the ridge.  A campfire cheered our kitchen while we ate, then we retreated to the warmth of our tents around 9:00.   It snowed lightly in the night, and the meadow was clear of our footprints by the time we woke up to 18 temperatures and clearing skies.  After breaking camp, we hiked out and were home around noon. 

Approximately 2 miles

Approximately 500' gain