Cold Weather Snow Camping | Winter Camping on Denali Peak Trip

Join Us on a Winter Camping Trip

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.

Previous backpacking experience is required. We will avoid avalanche terrain during this course. If you do not yet have backpacking experience, consider joining our Introduction to Backpacking seminar or going on one of our guided backpacking trips.

For those interested in also learning mountaineering skills, this course can be combined with our Intro to Snow Climbing Course or our Mountaineering Skills Course.

Skills Covered in Winter Camping Trip:

  • 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
  • Methods of staying warm

Please note: Gear checks are a must and should be scheduled before your trip. Join us every Thursday 06-08PM at our sister store, Ascent Outdoors, for a thorough gear check. This way, we ensure you have the right equipment and all the items on your gear checklist. If your trip doesn't start on Friday, we can check for a custom gear check day/time with guides if needed.


  • Stoves/Cook Kits
  • Tents
  • Guide Services
  • Backpacking and general outdoor safety skills
  • Gear Check

  • Transportation
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Parking or entry fees
  • Meals/Snacks/Drinks
  • Gratuities for Guides
Day 1 - Winter Camping:
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 how to collect snow for melting water, how to position stoves for oxygen intake, and how to efficiently utilize fuel.
Day 2 - Winter Camping:
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. Pack-up and head back to Seattle in cars.
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