Simple snowshoe to South Rams Head

Trip type: 
Snowshoeing
Difficulty: 
Easy
Start date: 
Saturday, 29 July 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, 30 July 2017 - 6:00pm

If you have been camping before, but want to try out snow camping this trip is for you.  A simple overnight snowshoe with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery (faff) and learn what’s required to camp in the snow.

Leaving from Dead Horse Gap, we will snowshoe ~1km up through the snowgum forest to the base of South Rams Head where we will set up camp.  The next morning we will snowshoe up to the trig point atop South Rams Head, which will be a short but steep ascent, climbing ~200m over ~1km.  After spending some time enjoying the view, we will head back to the car and back to Canberra.

Snowshoes are a fun and easy alternative for background country snow exploration, especially if you are looking for an entry point to other backcountry trips with the club this season. This tried and tested route is sheltered, short and varied, and therfore ideal for snowshoe/snow-camping beginners.

Participants with vehicles will be given priority on this trip. 

**When signing up, please let me know what camping experience you have. Participants should be have outdoor experience in terms of knowing how to dress for being active in cold weather (waterproofing, layering (eg. no cotton), spare clothes) and what to pack for a cold overnight trip (food, water and so on).  I don't need a biography, just something to let me know that you HAVE camped before and that this isn't going to be your first overnight trip.**

Pretrip Meeting Details
Pretrip date: 
Thursday, 27 July 2017 - 6:00pm
Pretrip location: 
Gearstore
Costs: 
Fuel
Intended plan: 
9am, meet at ANU Sport, and leave. Arriving at Dead Horse Gap, we will snowshoe ~1km up through the snowgum forest to the base of South Rams Head where we will set up camp. The next morning we will snowshoe up to the trig point atop South Rams Head, which will be a short but steep ascent, climbing ~200m over ~1km. After spending some time enjoying the view, we will head back to the car and back to Canberra. Expecting to arrive back in Canberra at 6pm. Likely to be earlier.
Departure and intended return times: 
Depart ANU sport at 9am. Return at 6pm. Likely earlier.
Local knowledge: 
I have done this exact trip privately.
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