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Snow Camping Trip Report

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:35 pm

Yeah, this was last year when we had a ton of snow...so unlike this year, but I thought you folks might appreciate this. I mostly find myself up in the Sierras in pursuit of the elusive trout-fish, but any excuse to go up into the high country is good enough for me. Every year some friends and I venture out a do some snow camping for a long weekend. There are usually four of us, but due to various circumstances, only two of us went last year...two of us and my friend's malamute.

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Yes, she carries her own weight on these trips...well...her food at least...

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PLENTY of snow at Echo Lake Lodge last year

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The lake was frozen over thick as well.

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It always takes a few hours of digging, but we finally dug out a big enough snow cave to sit, cook and sleep in. The outside view...

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...and the inside view.

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After all of that hard work, a good dinner and a toast with an appropriate beverage was in order.

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The next day we did a lot of sledding, cross country skiing, hiking and picture taking, with views like this of some cool looking lenticular clouds.

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The sunset on a very fun day. But I figure the whole adage of "red sky at night, sailor's delight" applies only on the ocean and not in the mountains, as the next day we woke up to this:

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It was more windy that snowing, we've dealt with a lot worse in the past, but it made for a rather grim hike out.

We're going again this year, hopefully with a larger crew (more to help with the digging), but it might be more of a camping trip than a SNOW camping trip.

Enjoy!
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Postby ScoobyMike » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:22 pm

I was on Echo lake super bowl day. I had planned a long snow shoe hike out past the end of the lake. Turns out that a fellow stuck his 4WD pickup (with bald street tires) on the unplowed access road to the lodge. He had been there over night. It took a couple hours to bring my Jeep in and pull him out. There was actually a couple of feet of snow and the lake had plenty of ice.
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Re: Snow Camping Trip Report

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:35 pm

Good to know about the snow at Echo. We usually choose a spot that has some elevation, to ensure maximum snow depth. We've gone around Loon Lake before, as well as the Carson Pass area. I was at the Sno Park lot at Echo two days ago and I saw around a foot of snow in the areas that hadn't been enhanced by plowing. Yikes!

Now that I look at that "sunset" picture in my post, I realize what a dumb @$$ I am...that's the SUNRISE, not sunset. DOH! #-o
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Postby ScoobyMike » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:23 pm

Super Bowl Sunday
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Postby ScoobyMike » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:28 pm

Buck Lake the week before:
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