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Women's Snowshoeing Trip // 16-18th September

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Summary

Want to explore the wonders of the Australian Alps in the best way possible? Join us as we spend 2 nights snowshoeing and camping in the rolling backcountry of Mount Kosciuszko National Park.

It’s our own strong women’s snow club. An inclusive snowshoeing and camping adventure in an awesome location. A super chilled, supportive atmosphere based on sharing skills and a love for the outdoors. Cold ones.  

With fully qualified female guides planning and running your trip we like to think we know how to take you on a proper adventure. Want to join us?

We start our snow adventure from Guthega Power Station and head toward Horse Camp Hut where we set up a Base Camp. As you gain confidence on the snowshoes, we begin to explore the rolling grounds on day two and earn some of the best views of the mountains.

You will complete 3 days of snowshoeing and 2 nights camping, averaging between 8-12km daily.

Being with an experienced female wilderness guide you can spend the evenings learning more about snow skills, snow camping and navigation.

At the end of each day, hold a warm cup of miso soup or tea and enjoy a delicious dinner with your group, maybe even a sneaky dessert!

DETAILS

  • Trip length: 2 nights, 3 days
  • Meeting time: 9.00am at Jindabyne Bowling Club Car Park
  • Destination: Guthega, backcountry
  • Accommodation: Backcountry snow camping in 2 person shared tents
  • Group size: Between 6-7 women only

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Details

This is the perfect adventure for those women looking for a proper adventure, not necessarily with any previous snow experience of camping in the snow (not many of us have), but who are looking for a new experience away from the crowds.

For this tour you should be in good health, have a good level of fitness as we will snowshoe about 8-10km a day, with a few climbs involved each day.

Please note that since this is a remote wilderness tour, some changes to the itinerary are possible on the location due to weather and similar reasons.

PACKING LIST

  • Jacket with hood (wind & waterproof & breathable, gortex or similar)
  • Waterproof overpants (wind & waterproof & breathable, gortex or similar)
  • Underwear
  • Ski/Hiking socks (2 pairs), merino material
  • Outdoor style shoes/boots which are waterproof and well worn in
  • Polypropylene/woollen long johns
  • Base layer top Polypropylene/woollen thermal top x 2 pairs
  • Thermal bottoms (2 pairs)
  • Mid weight fleece pants
  • Mid weight fleece top
  • Down jacket
  • Sunhat/cap
  • 2x chucks for drying condensation/ice from tent
  • Fleece/wool hat or beanie
  • Neck buff or balaclava
  • Liner gloves wool or synthetic
  • Mountain / ski gloves or mitts (wind & waterproof)
  • Hiking pack (large internal frame model approx 60 -75 litres capacity)
  • Sleeping bag (down or synthetic, 4 season/snow) This means at least -10 comfort
  • Self inflating sleeping mat (closed cell), this means it rolls up small. This is a good exmaple and compact mat
  • Water capacity minimum 2 litres. 2x Nalgene style wide mouth bottle (they can take boiling water for hotties, and narrow mouth bottles will freeze overnight). Bladders are not ideal as the thin tube can freeze and it’s hard to drink from
  • Heavy duty style rubber gloves for snow craft (such as the black rubber ones you buy from Coles or Woolies)
  • Headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Sunglasses (suitable for snow use)
  • Snow goggles
  • Sunscreen and lip balm (high protection rating)
  • Whistle
  • Personal first aid kit includes blister tape and any personal medication required
  • Personal toiletries (toothbrush, etc) 
  • Camera or phone

In need of winter clothing? Wilderness Sports in Jindabyne have items for hire. 

We recommend bringing a 4WD to drive to the start of the trail at Guthega. If road conditions are snowed over, you may be required to fit chains. 

* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

Itinerary

After meeting at Jindabyne Bowling Club - Your trip will commence with a group welcome and equipment familiarisation and packing session where your guide will allocate group gear and helping you arrange your pack.

After we’re packed and the excitement builds, we’ll car convoy from Jindabyne to Guthega Power Station (45minute drive). You’ll need a 4WD if the roads are snowed over, or stop for chains if required. Usuaully with such a small group of 6, we fit into a couple of cars. 

Upon arrival at Guthega, your guide will take you through a snow safety training and snowshoe practice. You don’t have to walk far in your snowshoes to realise it’s much easier than you thought.

Today the group will snowshoe through the beautiful gums, stopping for lunch along the way until we reach basecamp at Horse Hut. Here, your guide will teach you the skills for setting up tents and preparing camp. You’ll learn a lot and enjoy moving that body of yours digging snow trenches.

Please note, it's all hands on deck! Come prepared to use the snow shovels and pitch in collecting fire wood. We very much work as a team.

Tonight we settle in, enjoy a warm meal and soak in our first night in the snowy backcountry.
 *There is a pit toilet at base camp location

  • Accommodation: Snow camping at Horse Hut - Two person tents/sharing
  • Snowshoeing distance: 8km approx
  • Meals: L, D and snacks

Wake up to a blanket of fresh snow and the smell of coffee.

We'll fuel up before leaving camp and heading up onto the incredilbe back country rolling grounds. Your guide will point out interesting features and landmarks, taking you off track and show you how to navigate. This is a great day to get high on the hills for 360 views while you sit at the top range for lunch. Make sure you take your camera as the views are amazing. Tonight, it’s back to our base camp for dinner.


Meals: B,L, D hot drinks and snacks
Snowshoeing distance: 10km approx

This morning we enjoy a yummy breakfast before packing our tents away. We’ll then leave behind our wintery base camp and make our journey back to Guthega Power station by an alternate route, stopping under the snowy gums for lunch. From Guthega, it’s back in our cars to Jindabyne for final farewells.

Arrival back into Jindabyne between 2-3pm

Meals: B, L hot drinks and snacks
Snowshoeing distance: 8km

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • Lead by fully qualifed wilderness WWA guide
  • Snowshoeing instruction and skill development
  • Snowshoeing equipment - poles, snoeshoes, NEOS boots
  • Camping equipment - tents, stoves, sit mats, snow shovels, snow pegs
  • 3x day National Parks pass entry fees per person
  • Technical navigation 
  • First aid and safety equipment
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Morning and afternoon tea/snacks daily
  • Hot drinks
  • Mess kit - eating utensils (bowl, mug and knife, fork and spoon)
  • Emergency communications/PLB
  • First aid
  • Women Want Adventure buff
  • Photos of your trip posted in our Facebook Group post trip
EXCLUDED:
  • Transport to Jindabyne and onto Guthega
  • Accommodation prior or post trip
  • Travel insurance 
  • Winter clothing
  • Sleeping mat
  • Sleeping bag 

Gear hire

Hiking packs ($40)

Sleeping bag ($55)

Sleeping mat ($20)

*Plese indicate when booking what gear you require. 

Grading

Grading: Moderate

Good level of fitness is required.

You need to be enthusiastic and understand walking in the snow can be challenging at times with unpredictable weather. The hiking is not overaly hard, however we ask women to have a good level of fitness to be able to walk with an overnight pack (15-17kg). We share group gear and keep packs as light as possible. 

Preparation with the right gear is essential. This is truly an adventure! Be prepared for an experience of fun, excitment and something totally different.

View our trip grading. 

Reviews

Amy Arnold 14/04/2021
    5 / 5 rating

Snowshoeing Testimonial

My friend Zoe and I had a brilliant time and the trip was amazing! We were lucky with sunny skies all three days and loved the walking up onto the hills. The standard of guiding, food and also the care of everyone was top notch. I had only ever camped once before and threw myself into this trip with my friend. We learned a lot about camping in the snow and our guide taught us about some navigation too which was cool! Would highly recommend this trip and totally coming back next year for a new route!
Kath Llyod 13/05/2022
    5 / 5 rating

First trip! Loved it.

This was my first time with Women Want Adventure and I have to say it was just great getting together with a bunch of like-minded women enjoying the amazing weather we had! We got really lucky with blue sky which made it comfortable to relax at the top on the Rolling Grounds. Thank you to guides Bindi and Lizzy on this trip. Lizzy - still have to give me the laksa recipe! I’d be keen for an even longer trip or to try out the skies next time. I will certainly be looking to next winter for another walking holiday. Keep up the great work. Kath. 

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