Expeditionary Snow Camping | Miyar Adventures
DETAILS

This two-day course can be shortened or extended to meet the needs of your group. The course may be partially or entirely in the field as desired. Participants will learn how to camp in winter conditions in a mountainous environment away from avalanche terrain. Winter in the Pacific Northwest can be challenging. Coupled with the extremes of mountain weather it can be life threatening. Learn what knowledge, skills, and gear are needed to keep you safe and comfortable on a winter trip in the nearby mountains or on an extended expedition in the greater ranges. If you choose to do an overnight trip previous backpacking experience is required. We will avoid avalanche terrain during this course. If you would like to travel in avalanche terrain, such as participate in a winter mountaineering trip, we strongly recommend taking an avalanche course through an accredited provider

Skills Covered during the climb:

  • Clothing layering systems
  • Gear selection, strengths, and weaknesses
  • How to read an avalanche forecast
  • Avalanche terrain recognition and avoidance
  • Winter navigation
  • Campsite selection and set-up
  • Campsite fortification
  • Winter cooking systems
  • Winter food planning

If requested and time is sufficient: Snow shelter construction Use of an ice axe and crampons Snow anchors & utilization Snowpack stability assessment
We will have a logistics meeting and gear check at least three days before your trip is scheduled to depart.


PRICE BASIS
PRICE INCLUDES

  • All permits and fees
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Chai/Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate
  • Stoves/Cook Kits
  • Tents
  • Group climbing equipment
  • Guide Services
  • Pre-trip Planning/Information session on packing and gear
  • Backpacking, mountaineering, and general outdoor safety skills
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Transportation (We will help arrange carpools or transportation can be provided for extra fees)
  • Lunches/Snacks
  • Gratuities for Guides
ITINERARY
Day 1:
Meet at a convenient Park and Ride in the Seattle Area. Our course location is dependent upon weather and avalanche danger. We will let you know the meeting time and location before the start of your trip. Carpool to the trailhead. Go over the route plan, identifying avalanche terrain and how to avoid it. Travel to camp, marking the route with a GPS or wands if there is off-trail travel or travel in fresh snow. Once at camp learn how to work-harden snow for camp set-up. Learn how to set-up camp in the event of high winds and blowing snow. Learn how to fortify camp with snow walls. Receive a class in backcountry cooking using expedition stoves, including how to collect snow for melting water, how to position stoves for oxygen intake, and how to efficiently utilize fuel.
Day 2:
Day hike to a destination chosen by students. Students plan the route and assist in navigating. Discuss winter ecology and snowpack formation. Return to camp for a late lunch. Pack-up and head back to the cars for a well-deserved celebratory meal at a restaurant en-route back to Seattle.
Testimonials
  • If you are interested in doing any climbing or hiking but need a guide , I highly recommend Miyar Adventures...Sandeep is a wonderful person and you will actually learn (and practice ) climbing and crevasse rescue techniques in addition to the trip/climb ...it is definitely beyond a just a "get you to the summit" experience. He genuinely cares and brings in other excellent guides for bigger groups. My husband and I recently successfully made it to the summit of Mount Baker with Sandeep, two other guides and a group of friends and we had a fantastic experience. He and the guides he works with are very knowledgeable so I had confidence in their abilities to lead us but they are also very friendly and fun so that overall trip was enjoyable. I will definitely climb with Miyar Adventures again!

    Monica Henry
  • What an awesome experience to go on climbing Mt. Rainier with Miyar Adventures. Sandeep and his team of guides ( Kirk, Alexis, Joe, Ben, Chris, Jasmin ) did an awesome job to lead the multiple rope teams trough snow skill preparations and guiding through safely on glacier journey. The amount of efforts put into multi-month preparation, pre-trip meetings, accessibility to gears for rent and attention to details with food/weight/personal gears were all instrumental in almost all of us (in a group of 24) able to summit Mt. Rainier and have wonderful memories. We knew we were in best company and safe hands with prior experience with Miyar Adventures led climb to Mt. Baker and few other preparation trips. And guides calibrated their approach from novice climbers to experienced climbers to push enough to have an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend to go with Miyar Adventures on amazing trips they have lined up around the Puget Sound Area and internationally.

    Harshit Shah
  • Sandeep is possibly the best person (Miyar and guides) in the business to take you on the mountains. Anyone who has trained with him to summit Rainier over the years can tell you how much he cares about his peeps. Talk to him and he can always find a way to make it happen. I have been trying to climb Rainier for few years with personal constraints (need to be always available, can return anytime, 24*7 sat phone access etc) and many times I had to return mid climb from big ones like Baker and Rainier. It was really easy to talk to the guides about this situation. I never once felt unsafe on the mountains. This is a big deal given how much we learnt when it comes to snow skills and glacier training. Be safe and go with Miyar!

    Vivek Garg