Dates: Friday, January 26 – 28, 2018
Location: NH-AL State Forest – Boulder Junction, WI
This 3-day trip will focus on gaining experience and learning wilderness skills to help you tackle the winter season with confidence. Lodging will be traditional canvas tents and wood stoves that we set up in the backcountry. This ensures everyone can sleep warm, dry, and comfortable at night allowing for more energy during the day. All group meals are provided and will be prepared over an open fire.
Friday, our hike to the campsite will be roughly 1.5 miles over frozen lakes and one short portage. The pace will be relaxed. When we arrive, everyone will help to get our site set up.
Saturday will be a great day for hands-on skills. The projects are designed to help you learn new skills and gain real-world experience participating in every part of the trek.
Sunday consists of morning breakfast and breaking camp.
Skills learned may include:
-Building a buck saw to use and keep
-Traditional hot tent and stove use
-Ax, Saw, and Knife Skills
-Knots for the backcountry
-Winter cooking and baking
-Winter survival skills
-Winter First Aid and more
Difficulty: This trip requires pulling a sled or toboggan with snowshoes or cross-country skis for approx 1.5 miles. It is moderately physically demanding. Participants should be prepared to spend full days outside in deep snow country. Sleeping will be done in stove heated hot tents. This intermediate trip is best suited for those who already have some experience cold weather camping or other winter activities. Participants should have a good understanding of what type of clothing, footwear, and other gear is appropriate for winter camping. A gear list will be sent out to everyone but participants should have their own personal gear or acquire the appropriate gear prior to the trip. Some items like sleds or sleeping bags may be available at no cost on a first come first serve basis.
-A gear list specifically for this trip will be provided to all participants
-Hot tent and wood stove accommodations
-All Meals Friday Dinner – Sunday Breakfast
-Group gear pertinent to this trip (group tarp, group meal supplies, medical kit, project supplies, etc)