Winter Camping School

Welcome to Winter Camping School

Winter Camping School (WCS) 2021

In accordance with CMC policy, every in-person activity (including hiking and camp activities during CMC trips) requires participants wear face mask covering nose and mouth all the time, except during eating, drinking and when NOT closer than 6-8 feet to others.
Tent sharing is limited only to people from the same household.
The school wants to provide a safe environment to students, so every student has to abide every additional restrictions imposed by the trip leader or representative instructor.

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

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

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.

Due to restrictions to the Covid-19 pandemic, all lectures, QandA sessions and quiz collection will be performed online.
Materials and hand-outs will accessible on CMC’s teaching platform and the winter camping school web site.
In order to graduate, students have to attend all online lectures (QandA sessions are optional), watching all video modules and submit all quizzes with satisfactory grading.
Students also has to participate in three qualified CMC trips: one one-day snowshoe trip to learn basic techniques and two overnight field trips.  All trips will be on snowshoe, no skis allowed.

Online Lectures or QA sessions:

January 26, February 2 and February 16, at 6:20 PM

Online QandA sessions:

February 9, February 23 and March 2, at 6:20 PM

Online meetings using zoom. Zoom id will be provided.

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

Day Trip: February 6

Overnight Trips: February 27-28 and March 13-14

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

Registration for the 2021 session

Frequently Asked Questions

Resources for Students

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