Winter Camping School

Welcome to Winter Camping School

This is a non-survival school for those who want to enjoy the winter, snow and moonlight in comfort. 

Winter Camping School (WCS) 

The Winter Camping School concentrates on the fundamental understanding, equipment and techniques to keep warm in cold environment on an overnight stay. Skills learned in this school are applicable for anyone who plans to spend time in the winter wilderness including hikers, snowshoers, campers, climbers and skiers. It does not teach high altitude glaciated techniques, but it provides solid foundation that can be expanded to camping over timberline.

The Winter Camping School is open to any member of the CMC regardless of group membership or classification. There are no prerequisites but prior completion of the CMC Wilderness Trekking School is recommended.
Topics covered

• Mechanisms of heat loss and staying warm
• How cold affects the body, cold weather ailments
• Dressing for the cold and snow
• Winter camping gear, stove
• Nutrition and cooking tips and techniques
• Techniques for sleeping warm
• Extending the temperature range of the equipment you may already have
• Site selection and campsite organization
• Tent organization
• Winter travel and using sleds
• Snow shelter construction


The school consists of three Tuesday night lectures.  In order to graduate, students have to participate in four qualified CMC trips: two one-day snowshoe trip to learn basic techniques and practicing snow shelter construction as well as two overnight field trips.  All trips will be on snowshoe, no skis allowed.

In this school, students have the opportunity to learn winter camping techniques with personal attention and practice such skills in a non-competitive, non-confrontational setting.  The Winter Camping School is a great place to make new friends and open up a new season of activity.


January 28, February 11 and February 25, at 6:20 PM

All lectures starts at 6:20 pm sharp in the CMC clubhouse in Golden.

Qualified Snowshoe Trips will be posted in the CMC schedule on the following dates:

Day Trips: February 8 and February 22

Overnight Trips: March 7-8 and March 21-22

Participating in all qualified field trips is required for graduation from school.

Registration for 2020

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