Bay Area BPL Winter Camping Thread
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Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Bay Area BPL Winter Camping Thread on 08/09/2009 18:20:54 MDT Print View

Ok kids, how many of you are down for a little snow fun this winter. Thinking about Glacier Point Rd. to Dewey Point and Peter Grub Hut near Tahoe this winter. Time for us to hone our winter skills and have some fun. Who would be interested????

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: Bay Area BPL Winter Camping Thread on 08/10/2009 19:20:59 MDT Print View

I'll go on the record early and state that I am in. I have never been to Peter Grub Hut and it sounds like a great time. Dewey Point is incredible in the winter. It seems like a popular spot for snow camping for good reason.

Dewey Point

Dewey Point March 2009

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Winter Trip on 08/10/2009 22:34:22 MDT Print View

Never been snow camping, so would love to join (and learn!). I'll have to shell out some dough for new gear I expect, but that's all part of the fun.

Also, I cannot make it to the late summer thread due to work/previous plans...but wish I could join and hope you guys have fun!

Edited by Rezniem on 08/10/2009 22:35:18 MDT.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Bay Area BPL Winter Camping Thread on 08/11/2009 13:56:47 MDT Print View

Ken,

Great spot, I have been there before.

I would be interested in going, pending on family and work schedule.

I was there a few years ago with the Sierra Club, learning how to camp in the snow.

As a matter of safety, should there be an limitation on who can go based on level of experience?

I myself only have done the training class with two trips, so I am hardly qualified to lead a group and just have the basics of snow camping.

Anyway, here is a link to a photo essay of that trip and area.

Amazing views of the Valley....when I was there, the Boyscouts were using the area for building snow shelters/caves.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=14449

-Tony

Jeremy Pendrey
(Pendrey) - MLife

Locale: California
Re: Bay Area BPL Winter Camping Thread on 08/11/2009 13:58:55 MDT Print View

Ken: I would love to go. I'll watch the thread as winter approaches.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Bay Area BPL Winter Camping Thread on 08/11/2009 17:29:36 MDT Print View

great guys! Dewey Point is a great hike and only 3 miles or so. I have winter camping experience and I am sure a few others will too. I think a cap would be a good idea. Most likely in Jan.-Feb. area. Long time away, just putting it out there

Rene de bos
(piemel) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Interested on 08/11/2009 18:09:35 MDT Print View

I might be interested pending schedules

No experience really to speak off so understand if that disqualifies me

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Interested on 08/11/2009 18:20:31 MDT Print View

no it does not disqualify you. You have to learn somehow. Just keep your eyes posted for this

Michael Skwarczek
(uberkatzen) - F

Locale: Sudamerica
Dewey Point, Badger Pass. on 08/13/2009 18:28:42 MDT Print View

Depending on the schedule, I'd love to finally meet up with you guys. Seems I'm out at Dewey 2-3x a season for an over-nighter with Josh of late.

Don't worry about experience, not at all, this is the perfect place to get your feet wet(LOL), with an easy exit 4-5mi away if your feet really do get wet. Pack warm and dry, and, barring a storm , it'll be easy as car camping.

Hey Ken, I've been try to track your Sept Bay Area trip plan, when and where is that?

cheers,
-Michael

Edited by uberkatzen on 08/13/2009 18:31:13 MDT.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Dewey Point, Badger Pass. on 08/13/2009 19:54:55 MDT Print View

Micheal, Sept. is still up in the air. Not sure yet, it could be the third weekend of Sept. and it will be I'm guessing Dardanelle Lake off of Hwy 89. If you were coming from down south, you'd take 395 to 88 to 89. It probably would be a 6-7 hour drive

Michael Popov
(mpopov) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Dewey Point on 08/14/2009 05:04:25 MDT Print View

It was a lot of fun on the last trip to Dewey Point. Dumped 9 feet of snow overnight. Count me in anytime! But I could use a ride from Bay Area.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE snow on 08/15/2009 00:34:07 MDT Print View

Hey Ken sounds fun. Never done any thing like this before, always wanted to though. Let me know what other kind of gear I might need. Still up for the trip in Sept so far. Jack

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Ski Huts on 08/24/2009 21:32:00 MDT Print View

Here is a great site I came across with many of the Winter Huts in the Sierras:
Sierra Ski Huts

To many places to visit!

Edited by Davidpcvsamoa on 08/24/2009 21:33:25 MDT.

scott Nelson
(nlsscott) - MLife

Locale: So. Calif.
Winter Trip on 09/14/2009 17:29:32 MDT Print View

I come from the land down South of the Tehachapies, but I hope you won't hold it against me. I would love to join you guys on a Dewey Point trip. I've got a fair ammount of snowcamping experience and gear (snowshoes, tent) to share. Scott Nelson

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Winter Trip on 09/14/2009 19:20:14 MDT Print View

Scott you are more than welcome to come!! These are open for anyone. Love your avatar pic!

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE snow on 09/28/2009 21:26:51 MDT Print View

Lets go snow camping, lets go snow camping. Hey Ken I have a good bag and clothes but no 4 season tent or snow shoes. Will my Six Moons Lunar Solo do it? or I also have a Eureka Spitfire Solo. I'm also looking for a light down jacket any sugestions. Thanks Jack

Michael Skwarczek
(uberkatzen) - F

Locale: Sudamerica
snow? on 09/28/2009 23:45:35 MDT Print View

If previous Winter plans were an example of this trip, no one is going to brave any threat of weather.

With solid weather reports, I've gone with just a bivy on multiple Winter snow trips. Granted, I also went with just a bivy and a tarp and got dumped on, but we sorta ignored the storm warnings. I bet your Lunar Solo would be fine. If there is snow, you'll brush it off through the night as needed. Probably get a lot of condensation. It's just one night out, though.

You can rent snow shoes at Badger Pass, the portal to Dewey. But they suck. Some good MSR Denali snowshoes can be rented at REI or A16. If that's unavailable to you, maybe someone can pick em up and get reimbursed.

Temps probably won't drop below 15F, and will most likely be somewhere between there and 26F. Unless you generally run cold, you can get by with a lot less than a big puffy arctic jacket. Here, I'll prep a gear guide to put some of this in perspective.

-Michael

Edited by uberkatzen on 09/28/2009 23:47:17 MDT.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Bay Area BPL Winter Camping Thread on 09/29/2009 01:05:47 MDT Print View

I likely won't be there. I think I'm skipping winter and heading to south america :)

Anthony Weston
(anthonyweston) - MLife

Locale: Southern CA
Winter Camping on 09/29/2009 12:27:31 MDT Print View

I missed Dewey Point last year but managed to go a few times to Mount Gorgonio last winter. Count me in if you go in January or February.

Jeremy Pendrey
(Pendrey) - MLife

Locale: California
Re: Re: Bay Area BPL Winter Camping Thread on 09/29/2009 19:24:33 MDT Print View

Jack, you seem to be livin the life, more power to ya.
Enjoy South America. We expect progress reports.