Everything is different when you go into the backcountry in the winter; that's why there is Winter Longhike, an introductory trip for winter camping. This is usually a big trip with lots of keen people aboard who want to get out, learn some new skills, and sleep in their very own snow shelter while still managing to have fun too. It's an easy, beginner friendly trip, so if you've never even seen snow before you can still have a good time. Other fun activities that often happen at Winter Longhike are a cooking competition, sing alongs, costume competitions, and the occasional great ski run on Sunday.
Past destinations have included:
- Red Heather Meadows in Garibaldi Park
- Fat Dog Creek in Manning Park
- Falls Lake (Coquihalla)
- Mt. Seymour
For dates see Trip agenda.
For all future Winter Longhike trip coordinators, logistics and organizational timeline can be viewed from the link cited above.
In winter especially, none of your clothing should be made out of cotton. Anything synthetic is safe. Just remember, Cotton Kills.
- sleeping pad
- sleeping bag (rated for winter or 3 season if you sleep warm)
- garbage bags (2-3)
- warm jacket (fleece or down)
- warm pants (fleece or thick long underwear)
- long underwear
- layers (fleece or wool sweaters)
- toque, mitts (2 pairs, or a set of waterproof shells)
- goggles and avalanche beacon if skiing Sunday
- warm socks (2 pairs, wool/wool mix)
- waterproof jacket (goretex or coated nylon)
- waterproof pants (goretex or coated nylon)
- cup, bowl, spoon, knife
- good waterproof boots (wax them before the trip) or ski boots
- skis and skins if skiing, or snowshoes
- toothbrush etc.
- sunscreen and glasses (we can hope, right?)
- water bottle (1L)
- lunch, snacks, breakfast, dinner contribution (in winter you will need 2500-3500 calories per day, fat-rich stuff keeps you warm)
- gas money for your driver
- camera if you want
If you want to go skiing on Sunday before heading out to the cars, make sure to bring
- avalanche transceiver
- probe (optional but recomended)
3-4 people per group, organized at trip meeting along with car groups
- shovels (1-2)
- stove + fuel + lighter (you'd be surprised how often one of these stays home)
- first aid kits (2)
- song books (4)
- snow saw
- maps, compass, etc
Held at Seymour
Winter Longhike 2010 was held at Falls Lake near Hope
Winter Longhike 2009 was held at Red Heather Meadows, on January 10-11.
Was held at Falls Lake, Zoa
Winter Longhike 2007 was held at Mount Seymour on January 13-14.
Winter Longhike 2006 was held at Red Heather Meadows, January 28-29
Held at the Falls Lake Area. While going north on the Coquihalla highway, take the Falls Lake exit (last one before the toll booth) and go under the highway to the west side. You should be able to see VOC people there, and it is a short two to three kilometer hike to the campsite by the lake.