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# Gwyn Thomas (built and slept in a quinzee around 7 years ago)

Revision as of 15:55, 10 December 2009

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Main article: Winter Longhike

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


January 9th - 10th, 2010

Pre-trip Meeting






Driving Directions




Return time on Sunday is negotiable with your driver.

Equipment List

Main article: Winter Longhike


In winter especially, none of your clothing should be made out of cotton. Anything synthetic is safe. Just remember, Cotton Kills.

  • sleeping pad, or two, if you have them.
  • 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)
  • gaiters
  • cup, bowl, spoon, knife
  • good waterproof boots (wax them before the trip) or ski boots
  • skis and skins if skiing, or snowshoes, or just boots if you can't get skis or snowshoes
  • poles
  • toothbrush etc.
  • sunscreen and sunglasses (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)
  • headlamp
  • 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
  • shovel
  • probe (optional but recommended)
  • you don't need avalanche gear to ski down the road to the car, but you might want to do practice rescues.

Small Group

3-4 people per group, organized at trip meeting along with car groups

  • shovels (1-2)
  • probe
  • stove + fuel + lighter (you'd be surprised how often one of these stays home). If using white gas, for each person bring 150 mL.
  • pots

Big Group


  • first aid kits (2)
  • song books (4)
  • snow saw
  • maps, compass, etc

Sign Up

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Put your name down as well as if you have any experience winter camping or building snowcaves.

  1. Mark Freeman (Basics winter camping years ago)
  2. Bruno Godin (winter camping experience, haven't built a snow cave since I was a kid)
  3. Sam Mason (no experience with either; built some sweet snowball fight forts as a kid if that helps)
  4. Nick Matwyuk (winter camping experience, haven't built a snow cave since I was a kid)
  5. Champagne (been to a few Winter Longhikes)
  6. Adrian Armstrong
  7. Todd Mackenzie (have been winter camping a few times and have built many many forts)
  8. Paul L (winter camping experience, built a snowcave when I was a kid)
  9. Jennifer Yip (neither, but have experience in face washing)
  10. Toby Hopkinson (built half an igloo then covered it with a tarp for sleeping)
  11. Greg St Aubin ( I hella heart snowcaves)
  12. Stan Nowak
  13. Sophia Dagher
  14. Gwyn Thomas (built and slept in a quinzee around 7 years ago)


Remember to contact your driver to sort out pick up time, place etc.

  • If any drivers are going up that did not attend the pre-trip meeting, please post your carload here so that we can have a checklist of who all is coming
  • Driver's Name [email, location leaving from, # of passengers]