Intro to Snowshoeing
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This is an excellent beginner trip!  If you can walk you can snowshoe, and if you can do a full
day hike, you'll have no problem on this trip.  This day trip will include basic information on
snowshoeing and winter wilderness travel as we traverse along the Sierra crest.  We'll choose
one of several locations for the day trip based on group experience, weather, and day of the

Here's what you need to know...

Who Can Come?
There is no minimum age for the trip, but all participants should be well-prepared and capable
of hiking several miles at 7000' altitude.  This means several hours of sustained physical
activity.  Minimum age for a minor without guardian present is 16.

Don't hesitate to call us if you have any questions, and if you are not sure about your health,
please consult your physician.

Where Do We Meet?
5:00 AM, Park 'n Ride at Camden Avenue and Highway 85.  Carpooling is encouraged, but
please be prepared to drive your own vehicle, and come prepared for winter road travel.
Items you may need include chains or cables--we can help you put them on.

What's the Hike Like?
You'll be lead by professional outdoor guides in a fantastic setting! We'll shoot for a few miles
of hiking, but the focus of the trip will be instruction and enjoying the winter landscape.

We will choose a trail and a park that is suitable based on current conditions and the general
ability level of the group.

What Should I Expect from My Guides?
You'll be traveling with professional guides who are certified in CPR and Wilderness First
Responder (advanced first aid).  We carry maps, emergency gear, and other necessary
equipment.  On the Intro to Snowshoe trip we'll be talking about:
  • Natural History of the Sierras
  • Local information (including the best restaurants and breweries!)
  • How to put on, adjust, and walk in snowshoes.
  • How to stay safe and comfortable while hiking in winter: clothing, equipment, food choices, first
    aid, going to the bathroom and more.
  • Leave No Trace ethics for winter travel

South Bay Trekking Company will provide: Snowshoes, poles, parking permits, guides
certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR, basic snowshoe instruction, navigation equipment,
lunches and snacks, and first aid and emergency equipment

What You Should Bring:
  • Waterproof boots suitable for the snow
  • Warm, layered clothing (NO COTTON).  Example: Synthethic long underwear top and
    bottom and a thick fleece jacket.  The colder you tend to get the more layers you should
  • Waterproof outer shell jacket and pants
  • Warm socks good for skiing (NO COTTON)
  • Hat (warm hat for the AM and brimmed for the PM works well)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen/Chapstick
  • Water
  • Wool or fleece gloves
  • Daypack that will hold all of your belongings including clothing as you shed layers
**Optional Items to Consider:
  • Gaiters
  • Ski Mask
  • Goggles
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