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Women's Snowshoeing Trip // 4th - 6th September 2021

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Summary

  • Start date: Saturday 4th September 2021
  • Finish date: Monday 6th September 2021
  • Trip length: 2 nights, 3 days
  • Meeting time: Saturday 9.00am in Jindabyne at the Jindabyne Bowling Club car park
  • Ages: Over 18 years only
  • Destination: Guthega, Backcountry
  • Accommodation: Backcountry snow camping in 2 person tents
  • Group size: 6 women & 1 female outdoor snowshoeing guide
  • Cost: $1350pp inc GST
  • Deposit: $300 non-refunable

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Looking for a new winter adventure?

Snowshoeing is an exciting way to explore the snowy region and get off the beaten path, literally! From exploring the best of the Australian backcountry has to offer, to learning new skills to snow camp, this is the adventure to get you out there.

Our female guide is experienced and has gained extensive backcountry knowledge from exploring the mountains. Our guides are wilderness first aid trained, hold backcountry certifications, outdoor recreation qualifcations and carry appropriate emergency equipment.

Now they say if you can walk, you can snowshoe… correct! You don’t have to have been snowshoeing before, or have camping skills, we will help, however….

The swanky backcountry is not for those striking out on an intended easy trip with no huff or puff. Although easy in parts of this trip, weather conditions in alpine environments change and women must be prepared for the adventure at hand, changes to the itinerary.

WHAT YOU LEARN:

  • How to snowshoe
  • Pack fitting and equipment for snow trips
  • How to set up camp in the snow/ dig trenches 
  • Snow navigation skills

GEAR HIRE OPTIONS:

  • Hiking packs ($40)
  • Sleeping bag ($55)
  • Sleeping mat ($20)

*Plese indicate when booking what gear you may require. Invoices for hired gear will be sent 3 weeks prior to departure.

ESSENTIAL 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
  • 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 roll up small
  • Water capacity minimum 2 litres. Bladder and water bottle
  • 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

If you don't have appropriate clothing, you can hire items such as overpants and jackets from Wilderness Sports in Jindabyne. Use this link to pre order online at least 3 weeks before you depart.

FAQ'S

  • How do we get water on the trip? There are streams throughout the back country to re-fill water. We also melt snow for coooking.
  • Is my sleeping bag warm enough, it's 0 - -5? No. You will need a rating of at least -5 to -10 rating.
  • How heavy are the tents and do we share? You will share a portion of the tent to carry which is no more than 1kg.
  • Can I bring my own tent? Please check with us the quality of your tent. Camping in the snow is much different and we need to ensure you tent is suitable for the terrain. You will also need snow tent pegs.
  • Can I bring my own snacks like chocolate or a bar? Of course, however we will have all snacks and treats for you.
  • What pants do I walk in during the day? Walk in overpants that are waterproof like this example here. You can wear thermal pants underneath. Walking in heavy skiiing pants is sometimes difficult or can get too hot.
  • Is there showers at camp? Good try! No showers out there. We suggest you bring wet wipes (you will need to carry them out to dispose) or you can bring a small towel to wash your face in the streams.
  • What shoes do we wear in the snow shoes? Wear what you are comfortable to walk in such as hiking boots which are waterproof. We wear NEOS overshoes over your hiking shoe that is waterproof. This then clips into the snowshoe.
  • I don't have a 4WD, can I still come? Please check in with us. Usually there are a few women in the group who have a 4WD and you can drive share from Jindabyne to Guthega.It is strongly advised you have a 4WD as we cannot gurantee a lift. The other option is to put on chains. Sometimes the roads are suitable for 2WD. It really depends on the weather conditions.

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

Itinerary

Make your own way to Jindabyne to meet the group at 9.00am at Jindabyne Bowling Club car park.


Your trip will commence with an equipment familiarisation and packing session where your guide will allocate group gear and helping you sort 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.

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 our basecamp. 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.

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

Today we wake to camp breakfast and a hot cuppa before heading up the big white 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

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:
  • Qualified and experinced female 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 and maps
  • 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 Guthega 
  • Accommodation prior to trip departure
  • Travel insurance (compulsory) 

Grading

Grading: Moderate

Requirements: Moderate to high level of fitness required for this trip.

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 will share all group gear amongst the group.

Camping in the snow can be cold. 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 here.

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!

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