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Elfin Lakes · Sat. Mar. 5th - Sun. Mar. 6th
Warning: This is an old trip - it already happened
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Start: Saturday, Mar. 5th
End: Sunday, Mar. 6th
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Mar. 2nd, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Outside club room
*moved to March 5-6*
Let's go to Elfin lakes!
*may go to Red Heather instead (half way) if avalanche risk is high. Depends if there is a good number of awesome people with avalanche training coming along that can help (I myself do not)
Who needs lakes when you have snow?! At Elfin Lakes, a winter wonderland awaits (and a large hut, in case being cold is not your thing.) Included but not promised on the trip agenda include lots of snow, good views, wet extremities, star gazing and endless rounds of Cards Against Humanity. Some logistics:
Elfin Lakes: about 600m in elevation over 15 km. Parking lot to Red Heather=mix of uphill and flat areas, good for practicing downhill skiing on the way down. Red Heather to Elfin Lakes=some up and down, good for practicing skinning. Time: 5-7 hours
-cars with snowtires and chains
-cars without chains (web trip report from Jan 19 says no snow on lowest parking lot. Parking in the lowest lot does not require chains, but sometimes it does snow down there I believe; however, forecast looks warm)
-with skis or snowshoes (If you opt snowshoes, waterproof hiking boots can be rented from the club). While knowing how to ski is not a requirement, some ski experience and/or willingness to smile while getting up after falling with a heavy pack is encouraged (I fall into the latter category).
-Tents for those with experience winter camping and a need to sleep under the stars (Note: I've never tented there, only Red Heather, so anecdotal experience/suggestions are welcome)
-Everyone else needs only a light sleeping bag and sleeping pad for comfort, as the hut is heated.
-Layers (waterproof outer; inner layers can be stripped off as skinning/snowshoeing will turn you into a furnace).
-Goggles/sunglasses as it can get sunny
-To the best of my knowledge, as we will be following the marked winter route that takes us away from avalanche prone areas, beacons are not necessary (Of course, anyone who has knowledge and can teach would be really appreciated!)
Food & Drink
-There are 4 burners for mainly for boiling snow but also double for cooking when not in use
-Bring lots of it
-Sharing is caring
There's more but that's all for now!