Winter Camping

Supported Winter Camping Program

This program is designed as an intro to winter camping for first timers, but also allows for previous winter campers or previous winter customers of ours to join us and learn further skills. When you have attended one of our winter programs you will then be able to rent our winter systems on your own for your future adventures.

We believe that winter camping should be a layered approach and our supported programs have been designed to be a simple and safe way for our customers to learn and grow with us. Whether you are a beginner, seasoned camper, family or solo camper.

All programs will have the following Covid-19 safety protocols in place:

  • Program bookings will not exceed 10 people
  • Face coverings are required in any teaching/group setting or when in the Basecamp tent
  • Covid-19 screening
  • Each person/family/group will have their own tent
  • Each person/family/group will provide your own food and cook your own meals
  • Sanitizer will be readily available.

The Program

Families, friends, couples or solo campers will join our very experienced staff (Peter) for the weekend. We will have a hot tent set up as a basecamp warming station/gathering area for the group. You/your group/family will have your own tent and will set the tent up in close proximity to the base tent or if you have some experience and want to go a little further from the group you can.

This is not a guided trip with a detailed itinerary, it is a supported program. What we mean by that is you get to choose your own itinerary. You will participate in all aspects of the work involved with winter camping and we will be there for you for support and learning, but you choose how to spend your day and how much more you want to learn. You will be setting up tents, gathering wood, cooking your own meals, etc., and then can go exploring, build a quinzee, or socialize with other members of the group. There will also be plenty of opportunities throughout the day to ask questions and learn new skills.

Our basecamp tent will be set up just a short hike in from the parking area. This will allow new winter campers to bring extra clothing layers to experiment with and learn what works. We will review your experience base and comfort level to help develop the most appropriate plan with you.

When booking one of our supported programs we will review your experience and develop the most appropriate plan with you. We will prepare you for what to expect and will send you a clothing/gear list once you are booked.

General Itinerary:

Programs will run Fridays to Sundays. You can choose to do the full three days or join in on the Saturday. We will meet everyone at the trail head with all of your gear ready to go.

Friday – Meet and greet at the trail head. Organize gear and load sleds/pulks. Friday’s focus is setting up the basecamp and individual tents.

Saturday – Those that are joining on Saturday will have the same days as above. The Friday folks will have the day to use as they wish. Explore, relax, or learn more about winter camping with Peter.

Sunday – Spend the morning exploring or socializing. Pack up starts around noon with a 1-2pm departure.

NOW LETS BUILD YOUR PACKAGE!

We have a cold tent (four season tent) package and a hot tent package. We will have our base camp hot tent set up for all of our programs so you can book the cold tent package and still learn about hot tents. All of our packages include your tent, duffel/dry bags, backpacks, snowshoes and complete sleep systems. At the basecamp hot tent we will have water, hot drinks available and fire wood.

TENTS:

  • North Face Expedition Tent 2,3 and 4 person (Recommended system for beginners)
  • Black Diamond Mega Light – This is a classic winter ski-tour tent that is a floor-less design and only weighs 2 lbs. With this tent you would sleep in a bivy.
  • Snowtrekker Hot Tent 2/6 person

During the program if conditions/time permit we can also build a Quinzee!

TRAVEL SYSTEMS:

We will set everyone up with snowshoes at the trailhead. (If you would like to upgrade to OAC Backcountry skis we need to know ahead of time). We will have an assortment of pulks, toboggans and packs to choose from.

SLEEP SYSTEMS:

We will have your sleep system packed in a duffel and ready to go. Sleep systems consist of the following gear:

  • -20 MEC sleeping bag or -30 Wiggy’s sleeping bag depending on temperatures
  • thermal liner
  • bivy or insulated overbag
  • wool blanket
  • insulated reflective ground sheet
  • closed cell pad

Program Rates and Options

AdultsChildren
2 Day Program – Cold Tent
Friday to Saturday or Saturday to Sunday
$225$150
3 Day Program – Cold Tent
Friday to Sunday
$300$225
3 Day Program – Snowtrekker Hot Tent 2-6p
Friday to Sunday
$450$325

*Programs prices are per person/ per program

*Children’s prices are for 12 and under

*We have a 15% discount for a group of 4 or more booked together

Items You Will Need

  • You are responsible for your own park permits and your own food.
  • Headlamps and batteries
  • Stove and fuel
  • Pot set and cooking utensils
  • Plates, mugs and utensils
  • Bio Soap and washing supplies
  • Thermos
  • Water bottle with insulator
  • Matches/lighter and fire starter
  • Lantern
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal items – medications, cameras, clothing, etc.

If you do not have the above items you can get complete outfitting which will include all of the above (except personal items) for your group at an additional cost of $50 per group. If you are only in need of a couple things above we can assist with partial outfitting as well.

Feel free to email us with any questions you have about our Winter Camping Programs!

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