TR - Dewey Point Winter Backpacking

Discussion about winter adventure sports in the Sierra Nevada mountains including but not limited to; winter backpacking and camping, mountaineering, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc.
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Re: TR - Dewey Point Winter Backapcking

Post by hjldennis » Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:34 am

MichaelRPetrick wrote:Love the 2nd to last shot in your post there. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks! That photo is actually the only one here from the first day (they are not in any order). It had been cloudy and snowing all day, and when we arrived at Dewey, the valley was getting filled with low clouds with some blue sky. I am not good at taking photos, but sometimes it's impossible to take bad photos. But then the photos, especially mine, don't do any justice.

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Re: TR - Dewey Point Winter Backpacking

Post by SweetSierra » Sun Jan 10, 2016 5:44 am

It's great to see all the snow up there. Beautiful photos!

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Re: TR - Dewey Point Winter Backpacking

Post by Fly Guy Dave » Sun Jan 10, 2016 8:07 am

Looking back on the snow camping I've done in the past, you can get by with a three season tent, unless there is a ton of wind, but that's a problem in the summer too. The nice thing about having snow there is you can build a windbreak wall to protect your tent. As long as your tent is a quality three season one, snow shouldn't be too much of an issue, just dust it off now and then and make sure the upper and lower ventilation remains open. We made it through a trip one time where we got 18" of snow in 1.5 days. The better option is digging a snow cave or making an igloo, both a lot of work, but worth it for the warmth and the protection from wind and snow. The extra weight from clothes, fuel, heavier sleeping bags, shovels, snow saws, etc. is OK, because it is easy to find solitude in the winter. Hike in a mile or two and you will often not see anyone, even in areas that are swarming with people in the summer.
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