I’m trying to remember when I first heard about Ned’s snow course. Somehow I did and ended up taking a few days off from hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010 to attend his snow class. I learned a lot and was really glad I attended.
Here are the top three things I remember from the class.
- How to traverse over snow fields safely.
- How and where to pitch your tent on snow.
- How to self-arrest.
If you have never winter hiked or camp I’d recommend his class. It’s great information even for experienced hikers. One thing that stuck out for me was pitching my tent on the snow. If you have never done this before, one thing to remember as the snow melts during the day. The snow where you pitched your tent melts and shrinks the area where you setup your tent in the first place. I specifically remember my tent moving or shifting several noticeable feet during the day and returning to camp finding it was not in the exact same spot I left it. I don’t often hike in snow so this was an eye opener for me, and is a great tip to remember.
Another exciting and fun part of the class was learning how to self arrest. What is self arresting you ask? I guess you’ll have to sign up for the class or just do an online search. Although, there are a lot of amateur videos out there, always do your homework. I was grateful for having the opportunity to learn from the best. This is one of those skills you can read about all day and think you understand it. But once you are put into the situation and actually practice it, you will not get the full experience. Reading and videos only go so far.
If you are a novice hiker or planning on navigating through snow, I would recommend attending one of Net’s snow classes. There is always something to learn and observing others and learning from their experiences is just a smart thing to do.
“A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Thanks again Ned Tibbits & family for sharing your knowledge and skills for safely dealing with winter conditions. For more information on Ned’s snow course visit his website at Mountain Education.org. And for those wondering if this is a paid review. I’m happy to report that it is not. I’m a satisfied hiker who happened to be in the right place and time to take advantage of his class.
Have you been fortunate enough to spend time with Ned and his family? This continues to be one of my favorite parts of my 2010 trip. What did you learn? What were some of the training highlights for you? Please comment below.