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Patrick Coulson
(prcoulson) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Northern CA Winter Hiking on 02/05/2008 14:53:04 MST Print View

I am looking for hiking partners who would be interested in going on snowshoeing trips. I am new to winter hiking but I am eager to learn and I am flexible on location (Yosemite, South Lake Tahoe, etc.). Let me know if you are interested prcoulson(at)earthlink(dot)net. I am looking to do 3-4 trips the rest of winter. I also have a cabin in Groveland (right before the N Yosemite entrance off 120) we can use that as a meeting place on Friday before the trip to save on hotel and so we can get an early start on a Sat trip. It can also be used as place to clean/warm-up after the hike and before the drive home. If interested use the email I listed above.

Edited by prcoulson on 02/05/2008 15:10:54 MST.

Joshua Billings
(Joshua) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz,Ca
I'd like to go on 02/05/2008 20:25:27 MST Print View

Hi Patrick, I sent you a PM. I just got back from my first snow trip and had a blast. I would love to go again.Let me know when you want to go.I probably won't be able to go till end of Feb.
Thanks, Josh

Patrick Coulson
(prcoulson) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Let's go! on 02/05/2008 21:31:18 MST Print View

I can go almost any weekend. I am very flexible with my schedule and I am willing to go whenever I have an opportunity. So as long as I have a few days notice I can normally make it. Typically if it is a big trip I like to plan for a couple of weeks... but 2 day trips into different parts of yosemite take little planning. I have everything I need to go already organized. I am in Redwood City so I can also carpool. Yosemite is my typical stomping ground because of the cabin however I would liketo explore other areas.

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
snowshoe - feb 16-17 or 23-24 should work for me on 02/06/2008 11:26:08 MST Print View

would also be interested in figuring some kind of carpool

i'm in sacramento

Michael Skwarczek
(uberkatzen) - F

Locale: Sudamerica
Snow camping 23-24 on 02/06/2008 11:49:03 MST Print View

I'd be in up for a trip the weekend of 2/23-2/24. Truthfully, while Dewey Point is a great intro to snow camping, I'd like to investigate other areas. I'm sure there's plenty. I'll start the research and get back to this.

What do you guys think of the dates?

-Michael "Sawchuck" Skwarczek

Jay Well
(jwell) - F

Locale: Willamette Valley
Re: Snow camping 23-24 on 02/06/2008 12:17:21 MST Print View

I would be up for that any chance of choosing a location closer to Northern California like Yosemite?? You you Southern Californians are just so organized with the trips I just wish they were a bit closer so I could go:( A trip somewhere in the middle might get some Northern CA/bay area folks interested. On that thought any Northern CA folks want to go on a trip?

Patrick Coulson
(prcoulson) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Snow camping 23-24 on 02/06/2008 12:51:04 MST Print View

I am up for a trip the that weekend. I could even make it a couple of more days if people are up for more. I would second the vote for N. CA. Yosemite/So. Lake Tahoe is my preference. Although I am open for suggestions. I will do some research tonight as well and post a list of possibilities.

Michael Skwarczek
(uberkatzen) - F

Locale: Sudamerica
Snow Camping 2/23-2/24 on 02/06/2008 13:30:51 MST Print View

Dewey Point from Badger Pass is in Yosemite. We had two people from the Bay Area make it, Josh is from Santa Cruz, and I'm in LA; I think the 4-5.5hr commute was shared by everyone. That's reasonable to me. I'd love to spend time in the Desolation Wilderness but Tahoe is grind from So Cal. So, that's going to be some Nor Cal organizing.

Let us know what you find in or around Yosemite. Anything above 5-6000' will have beautiful pack.

-Michael

Patrick Coulson
(pcoulson) - F

Locale: No California
My Bad... on 02/06/2008 14:34:09 MST Print View

After my last post I realized where it was. I have tended to stick to trips heading out of the Northern end of Yosemite and the valley because that is where my cabin is (just goes to show my ignorance ;-P). I will definitely look into trips in Yosemite and Kings Canyon. Sorry for the confusion... I just purchased "Best Snowshoe Trails of California: 100 Of the Best Routes in the Cascades & the Sierra (Snowshoe Trails)" so I will look in there to see if there are any routes that look interesting and that will work for both the central CA people and those of us in SF/Sac. I think there will be plenty of options. I will suggest 5 and we can vote.

Michael Skwarczek
(uberkatzen) - F

Locale: Sudamerica
Snow Camping 2/23-2/24 on 02/06/2008 16:45:29 MST Print View

Looking forward to it.

Jay Well
(jwell) - F

Locale: Willamette Valley
Snow Camping 2/23-2/24 on 02/06/2008 18:47:12 MST Print View

Michael your right. I just need to suck it up and make the drive. I think that Joshua Tree might be a little far for me for a weekend trip, but if there is something a little closer, in that 4-6 hour range I will try to make it. We should work hard to get some sort of car pools together for trips like this. I would be much more inclined to go if I could share all the work and expense of the driving with someone else. Were people able to car pool to the Dewy Point trip?

Joshua Billings
(Joshua) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz,Ca
I can go. on 02/06/2008 20:30:41 MST Print View

Hey guys, I'd love to go. Those dates look good. Hopefully the roads won't close.
Josh

Patrick Coulson
(pcoulson) - F

Locale: No California
Trip ideas on 02/07/2008 16:09:30 MST Print View

Hey all,

I was online and looking trough my books I am leaning towards Glacier Point. I typically like to log miles but we could go mellow and do the Grove to go more for scenery. Like I said I am flexible. So take a look and we can vote. Also worst case scenario if weather turns completely miserable we can stay at the cabin and drive in for 2 separate snowshoe trips Sat and Sun. Although my preference is snow camping off the trail.

Below are the YOSE winter guides but we can really go anywhere (the trails just won't be marked so we would be navigating with a map and compass).

Glacier Point (6 trails)
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/badger-winter.pdf
Mariposa Grove (5 trails)
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/mgrove-winter.pdf
Crane Flat (8 trails)
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/cflat-winter.pdf

Also I have the CA Topo software so we can all have maps either to take or as souvenirs.

Patrick Coulson
(pcoulson) - F

Locale: No California
Snow camping Feb. 23-24: Yosemite on 02/09/2008 14:26:18 MST Print View

Ok I am trying to get a group of people together who want to go snow camping later this month. The dates are set but I am looking for a complete count of participants. The route will most likely leave out of Badger Pass but I am also considering the Merced Grove.

I would also consider doing Tuolumne Meadows although that is a 4-5 day trip but well worth it.

Lets start to get a count for people who want to head out on the shorter 2 day trip. I also have extra gear if you have friends who want to try winter camping.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Snowshoe Trip on 02/09/2008 15:06:50 MST Print View

I would like to go to. The only chance of it not happening for me is if a storm was coming in. So if you guys want more company I will definately go.

Here are a few suggestions besides Yosemite.

Hwy 4 near Bear Valley. You park at the closure and you can go back as far as you want.

Hwy 80 at Boreal. You park at Boreal and hike to Castle Peak. Nice 4 mile hike and you go to a hut where people stay that is owned by the Sierra Club. I have done both and they are fun. I need to get out of the house pronto!!!!!

Joshua Billings
(Joshua) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz,Ca
I'm in if not storming on 02/10/2008 23:41:33 MST Print View

Hey Patrick, Got your PM. I would love to go if it is not storming. I can't miss work again so soon. Maybe Ken and I can carpool.
Josh

Patrick Coulson
(pcoulson) - F

Locale: No California
Fab 23-24 - Yosemite on 02/11/2008 10:14:41 MST Print View

Sounds great that makes 4 of us. More are definitely welcome. From the looks of the weather lately I just hope there is still snow much less storming. :-) Either way is should be a good time.

Patrick Coulson
(pcoulson) - F

Locale: No California
Yosemite 23-24 on 02/11/2008 17:29:31 MST Print View

OK since it is actually getting closer I thought I would start to list some essentials. I have a bear vault with us being gone only 1 night we can probably put the food for the trip in it. I also have 3 tents if you "light" folks need one for the snow ;-). As for food I was just going to take the freeze dried stuff nothing fancy, nice and simple. I also have a snow probe and a shovel so we have that covered. I am going to go up friday night and stay in my cabin in Groveland. Anyone who coming is more than welcome to stay so we can head out Sat morning.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Yosemite on 02/11/2008 19:10:27 MST Print View

WIfe and I are in as long as no storms are coming. Joshua we will car pool!

Michael Skwarczek
(uberkatzen) - F

Locale: Sudamerica
Northern CA Hiking on 02/12/2008 02:45:15 MST Print View

Patrick:
You don't need the bear vault. According to the local rangers there's no requirements for food containment against bears. EDIT: At this time of the Winter season.

Folks, I'd really intended to go but check this out: a girl in Fresno offers a weekend of x-country skiing, seam sealing, and bivy sewing. All I have to bring is the JB Weld and we'll pressure test our stoves. I think I'm in love.

-Sawchuck

Edited by uberkatzen on 02/12/2008 10:29:17 MST.