Today I went snowshoeing with some friends from my small group. Originally it was supposed to be an overnight trip, but we ended up changing it to a day trip instead.
Originally this was supposed to be an overnight trip, but I ended up changing it to a day trip because I was worried that we wouldn’t do well on an overnight trip. It was most people’s first time snowshoeing, and a few people in the group hadn’t gone backpacking before. We had no problems at all though, and we got to Winnemucca Lake really quickly, so I think we would’ve had no problems with an overnight trip.
I think I’m wary about bringing people snow camping because I still remember that one night James and I dug out an awesome snow cave, complete with two beds and a cold well, only to end up wet and cold and unable to stop shivering. I honestly thought that I could die of hypothermia that night. That memory still sticks in my mind, so I’m a bit wary of bringing people into that situation.
I’m even more wary about bringing people into the wilderness when I’m the one in charge. I’d rather have someone who is more experienced take the lead on planning, but I guess I could consider myself experienced enough nowadays, and am slightly better at planning trips (although in truth I still kinda loathe planning). So maybe an overnight snow trip is in the cards for the future.
Things I’m thankful for:
- REI equipment rental – it’s a surprisingly painless process to rent equipment for an entire group there…
- friends who are down to try hiking / snowshoeing despite my crappy planning skills