Winter Skills Weekend

Join Teens To Trails and The Midcoast Conservancy for a winter overnight at the Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson, ME . Outing Club advisors and students will have the chance to practice snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or fat-biking and participate in winter skills workshops. It’s a great way to practice skills alongside outdoor educators and gain confidence in planning and executing winter excursions for your Outing Club.

 Hidden Valley Nature Center - Jefferson, ME

Saturday, January 12th - Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Limit: 10 participants/club

$35/participant

Agenda

Saturday

9:00 Meet Teens To Trails @ Trailhead

9:00-10:00 Meet & Greet - Introductions

10:00-12:30 Workshops on Fat-biking, Cross-Country Skiing, and Snowshoeing

12:30 Lunch (T3 Provided) & free-time

1:30 - 3:00 Afternoon Skills Workshops

3:00 Break - Head to Lodging

6:00 Dinner (with Club)

7:00 - 9:00 Evening games, Fire, and chill time (optional)

Sunday

7:30 Breakfast (with Club)

9:00 - 12:00 Morning Adventures (Skiing, Biking, or Snowshoeing w/ T3 provided bag lunches)

12:00 Closing

Program Details

Teens To Trails will provide:

  • Warm Drinks

  • Snacks

  • Saturday Lunch

  • Sunday Lunch

Lodging Options this year will be quite rustic. Please refer to links below for specifics on each site.

What to expect:

  • Wood stove & wood provided in each space

  • Outdoor fire pit and firewood

  • Outhouses

  • Cabins/yurts are NOT winterized

  • No potable water at sites - prepare accordingly

  • Picnic tables at each site for cooking meals

Suggested numbers for sleeping and links to lodging descriptions:

Experienced Clubs can add to their numbers if comfortable, confident and prepared with/for winter camping. Tents allowed outside of lodging.

Program Registration Details

 

Suggested Packing List for a Winter Camping Trip

The following is a list of important items for any winter camping trip in the Northeast. Synthetic items are generally suggested as cotton does not dry quickly when wet nor wick moisture away from your body and will keep you cold if it is wet.

Required Clothing Items: Each of these categories includes several layers for temperature modulation and increased warmth. It is good to have some extra layers to change into at night while your hiking clothes dry. If you know you run cold you may want to add additional layer(s) to those suggested.

Head:

  • Synthetic or wool balaclava or neck gaiter

  • 1-2 Wool or fleece WARM hat (ear flaps are good)

  • Sun glasses and/or goggles

Feet:

  • 2-3 pair wool socks or equivalent synthetic hiking socks

  • Optional: 1-2 pair synthetic or wool liner socks

  • Pair insulated winter boots (Sorels, mouse boots, double boots, etc.)

  • Gaiters

Hands:

  • 2 pairs gloves, liner gloves or mittens -- wool or fleece (Warm, not cotton) -- at least one pair of mittens.

  • Waterproof/windproof overmittens

Upper Body:

  • 2 synthetic or wool long underwear or synthetic shirt (Polypropylene, Thermax, Capilene, etc.)

  • Wool sweater and/or fleece sweater (WARM)

  • Down or fleece Jacket (or another extra layer)

  • Waterproof/windproof shell (must fit over your other layers)

  • 1-2 synthetic sports bras if needed

Lower Body:

  • 2 Pair synthetic or wool long underwear (Polypropylene, Thermax, Capilene, etc.)

  • Insulating layer - synthetic (fleece) or wool pants

  • Snow pants or waterproof shell pants

  • 2 pair underwear

Required Personal Equipment Items:

  • Small Backpack for Sunday Adventure (carry bag lunch)

  • Expedition backpack (external or internal frame) w/trash bag liner

  • Sleeping bag (synthetic fiber or down filled bag rated to 0 degrees F or lower) stuff sack lined with plastic bag.

  • Sleeping pad

  • Small flashlight or headlamp with NEW and spare batteries

  • Insulated cup, bowl, spoon (NO glass!)

  • 2 x 1 qt. water bottles

  • Whistle (non-metal for winter!)

  • Sun block and chapstick (with sunscreen)

  • Lots of enthusiasm & smiles!

  • Personal toiletry items (toothbrush, baking soda or tooth paste, tampons and plastic bag for disposal, contact lens solution, medications (with prescription), hand cream... avoid soap, but if absolutely necessary, bring biodegradable soap like Camp Suds or Dr. Bronners)

Optional Items:

  • Small pocket knife

  • Compass

  • Waterproof pack cover, or extra large trash bags to cover your pack

  • Bandanna

  • Extra prescription glasses or contact lenses

  • Security strap (like Croakies) for sunglasses and glasses

  • Duct tape (can wrap some around a water bottle or pencil to bring with you for repairs)

  • Camera with film

  • Paperback book or other good reading material, games, deck of cards, stories

  • Journal or notebook with pen

  • Binoculars

  • Field guides

Additional Leader Items:

It is recommended that trip leaders carry additional safety equipment:

  • Cell phone in protective case

  • Food (Saturday Dinner & Sunday Breakfast)

  • Camp Stove & Fuel

  • Potable Water & Containers

  • First aid kit, including incident report forms (appropriate to the length of trip, activity, and needs of participants)

  • Copy of itinerary (with emergency phone numbers) - leave a copy behind

  • Copies of ALL medical forms of participants - leave copies behind

  • Maps in protective, waterproof bag (with route, emergency routes, and nearest phones)

  • Compass (and knowledge of how to use it)

  • Extra clothing -- warm hat, mittens, long underwear, etc. (for participants or emergency situation)

  • Thermarest or ground pad (for emergency situation)

  • Large garbage bag (improvised bivy for emergency situation)

  • Extra lighter, or waterproof matches

  • Repair equipment (appropriate to the equipment on trip): stove kit, extra cord, duct tape, needles, strong thread/fishing line

  • Pen/paper (for recording emergency information)

  • Emergency money

  • Vehicle keys

  • Water purification (iodine, filter, etc.)

“I have had great experiences this year with adventures Teens To Trails has funded our outing club with. I was privileged to go learn winter survival skills at Maine Huts and Trails last January. I learned a lot during that workshop and I was thrilled to be able to go on that trip. I was also able to go white water rafting for the first time through T3’s help. I, and the rest of the John Bapst Outing Club, are very grateful for Teens to Trails support of our adventures.”
— Sean Joyce, Outing Club Student Leader, John Bapst Outing Club