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Date Friday  3/23/2018
End Date Sunday  3/25/2018
Group Denver
Event Title HAMS Expedition Winter Camping Overnighter
Start Time 6:00 PM
Status Approved
Leader Brandon Daniell
Member Price Free
Available Participants 35
Type Trip
Trip Type All Other
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 2
Elevation Gain 500
Driving Distance 60


Woolly Mammoth RTD P&R lot, I-70 & Red Rocks Rd, far W end across from the Conoco station, Friday March 23rd. Pit Stop at Conoco by McDonalds at Eastern exit in Idaho Springs.  Likely to visit TommyKnockers microbrewery in Idaho Springs after hiking out. Expect to be back to metro Denver area in late afternoon on Sunday.

For more info Contact

HAMS Director: Brandon Daniell  615-429-4252


Overview: We will build walls, kitchen, latrine. We will discuss how to prepare yourself for colder conditions, extended stays, and in general how to enjoy yourself safely while camping on snow in cold temps with longer hours of darkness. Students will also practice efficient camp relocation.

Day 1: Our winter camping overnight adventure begins at the Second Creek trail head. We will follow the snowshoe trail by headlamp a mile up approximately 1,00 feet, locate a site away from the main trail and build our winter wonderland village. You must be enrolled or a graduate of HAMS School to participate in this outing. 

Day 2: Pack up camp and reestablish camp at a new location. Z-Haul testing.

Day 3: Pack up camp and head back home.



Gear: Participants need access to a warm sleeping bag (0 degrees or warmer), a foam pad and inflatable pad combo, good clothing and boots. A tent will be nice, but not necessary. HAMS has access to several tents for this purpose, and Instructors will also have some extra space. No CRAMPONS, bring harness, snowshoes, axe, shovel if you own one.

Prerequisites: Participants should be enrolled in HAMS 2018 session, or a graduate of HAMS prior years. Participants from current HAMS session will have first priority, past graduates second priority, and potential future HAMS participants will have third priority. Future HAMS Participants should have the necessary pre-reqs for HAMS already under their belt. HAMS from other groups besides Denver Group are welcome.

NOTE - this is NOT a substitute for the CMC WCS school !!! This is WCS-Lite, with an emphasis on high altitude mountaineering. To climb a major alpine mountain requires skill at winter camping before a climber can even begin to start out on summit day. This is a skill that requires an investment of time over the years, constanty being refined by a climber.