Check out some incredible photos from this year’s WTC snow camp trips!
Posted on 3 April 2023
By Angeles Chapter Updates
Students enrolled in Sierra Club’s Wilderness Travel Course were well-equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the backcountry safely and responsibly, even in the midst of record winter and snow conditions.
California has had a remarkable amount of snow this year. In fact, it has been one of the snowiest seasons in recent memory for many parts of the state. This is largely due to a series of strong winter storms that have brought precipitation and cold temperatures to the region, resulting in heavy snowfall in the mountains.
The Sierra Nevada mountains, in particular, have received an abundance of snow, which is great news for skiers, snowboarders, and snow enthusiasts who have been eagerly waiting for a snowy winter to arrive.
Kicks off snow travel starting with a day hike on snow in local mountains followed by the 3-day snow camp weekend usually in the Sierra Nevada. Sometimes, like this epic year, WTC must modify the location and include Southern California mountain terrain. Snow and weather are major factors.
Storms have also brought more snow than usual to Southern California’s mountain ranges resulting in some beautiful winter landscapes and opportunities for winter recreation, such as snowshoeing and skiing.
However, it is important to note that heavy snowfall can also bring its own set of challenges and safety concerns, so it’s wise to stay informed and prepared if you plan on spending time in the snow this year.
Students enrolled in Sierra Club’s WTC were well-equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the backcountry safely and responsibly, even in the midst of record winter and snow conditions. This year, WTC groups experienced a range of challenges such as fierce winds forcing an early decamp and Sierra Nevada road closures including the 395.
Through the course’s comprehensive training program, students learn essential skills in planning, preparation, equipment, wilderness medicine, and navigation, which are crucial for ensuring their safety in the backcountry. Additionally, they become familiar with techniques for rock scrambling, snow travel, and other outdoor activities, which can be especially useful when navigating through mountainous terrain.
WTC is not only an opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to learn essential skills and techniques for exploring the backcountry it also creates a new generation of hike leaders for the Sierra Club and beyond available to guide and inspire others to explore and appreciate the beauty and wonder of the natural world.
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The 10-week Wilderness Travel Course is offered annually only in winter to take advantage of cold and snow conditions which can actually surprise us even in summer. Registration for the 2024 course will most likely open in September 2023. See www.wildernesstravelcourse.org for details.
The Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club welcomes your participation in its century of involvement in the enjoyment and protection of our planet's environment. The Angeles Chapter spans Los Angeles and Orange Counties in Southern California, with an extensive program of hikes/hiking, national and international travel, local conservation campaigns, political action, and programs for people of all ages.